Two things keep me motivated when it comes to staying in shape.
The first is the way I feel. I love feeling strong, and energetic, and lean, and young, no matter how old I get. It's a source of pride for me.
The other is something you may not expect, and you may not quite understand just yet. I keep up with my fitness because it earns me money.
That's hard for me to divulge, because I grew up believing that placing importance on money was greedy and materialistic. I came to view money as my enemy, like the popular mean girl everyone wants to be friends with but who's never there when you need her, and when she does grace you with her presence, she stabs you in the back and leaves you empty-handed and probably feeling worse off than you were before.
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But back to the business of fitness.
When I can show people that a fit life is doable, when I can share tips and advice that have helped me, when I can set an example for making a commitment and sticking to it, I end up inspiring people to take action.
I'm FAR from a figure competitor (it is to laugh!) and not much of an athlete at all - I'm just a normal wife/mom/geek who's proving that you CAN be in good shape at age almost-50 and actually ENJOY working out and eating clean instead of finding it a struggle.
So if someone decides that what I'm doing looks like it would work for them, and they order their tools through me, great! Beachbody sends me a small commission as their thank-you for doing the footwork for them.
I see the weekly deposits into my bank account, and it's a source of pride for me to be able to pay some of our bills or treat ourselves to something fun like a night out or a new outfit. Whether it's an extra few hundred bucks a month, or a couple thousand, it always feels well-deserved. I actually feel honored that I contributed something of real value to someone else's life, and my company valued me in return.
And there's a ripple effect to that process: Besides helping people feel better physically, I want to bring them to this level of self-worth that I feel when I get paid for being a coach. I have a team of coaches whom I train and mentor and motivate - and when they continue the circle and help others get started on fitness journeys ... I get paid for that, too.
This team I'm part of ... it's more than a community; it's a culture. It's overwhelmingly positive, productive, constructive and empowering. One of our daily vital behaviors is to do some sort of personal development to improve our mind or our character.
It's my dream and my desire to share that culture with as many people on this earth as I can!
The more I motivate my team, the more bonuses I make and the more I can celebrate them and provide them better training. I can reach out to more people and give more of my time and knowledge away for free. I can contribute to causes I feel strongly about. I can live in a way that feels purposeful and impactful ... instead of stressing and struggling.
So yes, money plays a motivating role in my fitness. It's no longer my nemesis - it's my cheerleader, encouraging me to work harder when I'm not feeling it, and celebrating my victories, personal and professional.
How do you think your commitment to your fitness would change if you got paid to be an example for others?