You probably already know from previous Motivation Monday posts, the images and quotes I share on Facebook, and my overflowing inspirational Pinterest boards that I love motivational quotes. They inspire me to take a look at myself, my attitude, my goals, and my life … and try to make them better. For me, it’s not about looking at the model depicted in these images and wishing I could be exactly like her, or beating myself up over things I haven’t yet accomplished, but it’s really about focusing on how I can make myself better.
My motivations aside, motivational images and quotes are really hotly debated in the blog world right now – some people just aren’t motivated by seeing words and pictures on a screen, so it doesn’t work for them. Some find various “fitspo” posts to be too judgmental, triggering, or too demanding (as in, “if you ever in a million years sleep through your alarm or take a rest day, you are a complete failure at life!”). I completely respect this, and I definitely avoid those that I consider “too intense” … but I find myself constantly coming back to motivational quotes and images for my personal motivation. They really help me get my day or my week off to a great start, make the best of my situation, and push myself to accomplish my goals.
Last night when I was thinking about what motivation to include for today’s Motivation Monday post, this image really popped out at me. I think it describes my attitude towards exercise and healthy eating perfectly! It’s one of the reasons I love learning about and practicing a healthy lifestyle: I can ALWAYS keep improving myself! In the end, it’s not really about how many minutes I worked out or if I ate a better dinner than the person living next door to me, but rather it’s about taking little steps towards making myself healthier. It’s a life-long journey, and no one is EVER the “perfect” exemplar of healthy living, so there’s always room to keep improving, which is a fun challenge. Even if I’m far from perfect, I know that everything I do to treat my body as well as possible is a little step towards becoming a healthier ME.(picture source)
On a completely unrelated note, I participated in “Foodie Penpals” for the first time this month. Hosted by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean, this is a fun project each month where bloggers (and readers!) are randomly matched up, and send each other boxes of goodies to sample. I love trying new foods, so I figured why not jump on the bandwagon? I was lucky enough to be matched with Melissa from Red, White, and Blueberries, and she sent me a wonderful package full of goodies from Austin (where she lives) and Italy (where she recently visited). The tea was the first thing I tried, and it was lemony and delicious. I put out some Longhorn popcorn for the boys yesterday while watching football (and I think I ate more of it than they did!). I’ve heard so much about Advocare’s Spark product and have really been wanting to try it, and I adore Kinder chocolates – I look for them any time I’m abroad. I can’t WAIT to put the pumpkin pudding, sweet potato soup mix, and all the other treats to good use! All in all, a wonderful surprise box of goodies. Thank you, Melissa!If you want to join Foodie Penpals, you can check it out by clicking the button below.