W “What motivates you? How do you stay so committed to clean living when temptations are around you all the time?”
These questions came from my brother recently over one of our regular lunch visits. I think I’ve been asked this, in various ways, several times before by friends and clients. Whether it was how he worded it or that it was my brother who I knew very well, this time struck me differently.
I could tell he was genuinely looking for something tangible, a secret tool that might help in the quest for improved wellness, a leaner physique, or whatever the end goal might be. It was one of those ah-huh moments for me as an educator. I realized that like me and like my brother, many people thrive on specificity and simplicity.
My three-part answer rolled off my tongue with the greatest of simplicity that day: feeling good, chemistry, and accountability.
Feeling good motivates me. Once you experience it, it’ll be hard to accept anything less for yourself. The vast majority of people are moderately unwell and have no idea. Bloating, heartburn, poor sleep, acne or eczema, frequent colds, excess phlegm, achy joints, awful PMS, headaches… The list goes on and on.
Everybody thinks it’s “just my body” or a normal part of getting older. It is not. These are symptoms that something is not working optimally in the body. When the body and all its systems are in peak condition and working well together, these symptoms don’t exist, at least certainly not on a regular basis. When you experience being “well”, you realize how “unwell” you’d been. Then there’s no question – feeling good is pretty motivating!