Hi, I’m Chyaz and I’m a fitness nut. Many of you will already know this about me – I have made several videos and written many posts on the topic, and have talked extensively about my weight loss over the last couple of years. Just for some background: two years ago, I had put on a bit of extra weight, and decided to overhaul my lifestyle in order to look and feel how I wanted. All in all, I’ve lost around 2 stone (28lbs) although it fluctuates from time to time. I did this through the simple combination of exercising and eating right. I’ve talked about some of my tips in videos like this one:
However, a certain question surrounding this whole thing has been playing on my mind lately, and it’s all to do with motivation. Now when people have asked me about my personal motivation for getting fit and losing weight, I’ve always automatically replied with ‘it’s all about being healthy!’. To some extent this isn’t untrue; I understand that being healthy makes you feel better and is obviously of great importance, but I feel like I haven’t been totally honest with myself.
Yes, I want to be healthy. Who doesn’t? But if I actually sit and think about the true answer to the question of what motivates me to continue eating well and working out, it comes from a slightly different angle. At the end of the day, what motivates me is looking and feeling good in (and out of) my clothes when I look in the mirror.
Does that sound shallow? Perhaps it is. But my argument is that at the age of 23, I don’t have all that much more to go on. Health-wise, I have never had any major issues (and none at all relating to my weight, as far as I can tell), but confidence-wise…that’s a different story. My body confidence has been all over the show since I can remember, at both the good and bad ends of the spectrum, and the fact is that when I am on form with my fitness and diet I feel much better about myself.
The point I am getting at is this: I believe you are motivated by your experiences. I haven’t had a health scare, an illness (touch wood) or a wake up call from something bad happening to someone close to me (touch wood a million times over). But I have had days where I look in the mirror and hate what I see, and that’s what motivates me to make positive changes in my own head.
Of course, this naturally leads to me making healthy, clean food choices and nourishing my body properly, whilst exercising and becoming stronger, more toned and fitter every day. That equals health, and if health is a by-product of me feeling better then that’s wonderful! I know I’ll be grateful for my lifestyle choices in years to come, when I notice the health benefits (and hopefully look good in skinny jeans in my middle age too!). Shallow it may seem, but at least I’m being truthful.
What motivates you to exercise, eat well and want to get in shape? I’d be so interested to know!