I’m backkkkk!!

I’m back in the blogging world after a much too long break and a few minor life bumps. I hope you have been doing well and I appreciate your continued support. The reader e-mails and comments from friends keep me motivated to blog. Which brings me to today’s topic–motivation. But first, it wouldn’t be Healthy Chelsey Lately without a few life updates and pictures, right?

First off, school is back in session. I recently embarked on my second and final year (for now) of grad school. The assignments and readings have been manageable, but I have noticed a change in my motivation. <–The key word today.


Secondly, I have moved to a new location and acquired a cat in the process! Mac is our new cat and I have been loving him to pieces. He keeps our hearts full as we trudge through the long days working and attending class on campus. Plus, he is super cute, right? Maybe I’m biased. πŸ™‚Image

Finally, Evan and I are enjoying visiting home together. I love living in the same state as him again (after a summer in Savannah, GA). We recently went back to Milwaukee and took a stroll along Lake Michigan. ImageSo getting into the bulk of today’s post. I am curious how you stay motivated? No, really! Has there ever been a more complex topic? I am currently enrolled in a class surrounding a topic called “Motivational Interviewing” which is a set of micro-counseling skills used with clients who are interested in changing a health-related behavior. The class is extremely applicable as a health educator in my work with college students. However, the topic of motivation extends to all of us and our various facets of life.

I started analyzing where I receive my sources of motivation from. I surprisingly had a hard time coming up with ideas. After much to do, I realized that a lot of what I have been doing in the past few years have been related to habit but, how did I get there? I came up with this list, but still felt stuck…

  1. Feeling of accomplishment
  2. Rewards/Incentives
  3. Positive reinforcement from others
  4. Positive results
  5. My family
  6. My friends
  7. Evan
  8. My work and students I work with

I have to be honest, with the start of a new school year and some recent medical health issues, I have been feeling ambivalent about a lot of things. So I guess I’m looking for a lot of feedback from you. Where do you get your motivation to be healthy or even just to get through daily life? Does it come from inside or out? What renews your energy and keeps you going? Whatever it is–keep it around. It’s important.

As always, thanks for reading. & eat something healthy for me πŸ™‚



7 thoughts on “Motivation!

  1. One Motivation, for me comes from a saying I saw a few years back, “to the world you are one person.. but to one person you are the world” I try to be that person, through a smile, a helping hand, a listener.., Whatever is needed at that time for that person, be it a stranger, a teacher at school, or my children… make a difference no matter how small..

  2. I have trouble being motivated when I’m around unmotivated people. I try to surround myself with people that keep me going. Also, my faith keeps my head up and helps me know I can do whatever I set my mind to! Thanks for the great blog! Loved this post and it makes me want to hit the gym…or the books πŸ˜‰

  3. I get my health motivation from my best friend. The few times I see her I realize how unhealthy I can be and I need to make some easy changes. Not only my food and drink ( diet soda addiction) but inactiveness.. When I think about making a healthy meal or feel like I want to workout, I feel like my best friend spirit is with me!

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