Manifesting Motivation: Part 2

How I taught myself to be healthy

By Amy Lohbihler

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Firstly, thank you for reading Part 1. If you haven’t, this part is about educating yourself and you won’t learn a thing skipping ahead like this! Go read it here. I’ll wait. 

Ready? Ok. I’m going to keep this short and sweet, however just know the path I took to get here was long and bitter. 

I can sum this part up in a sentence: “What we learn becomes part of who we are.” 

Put that on repeat and you’ll push through anything, especially bad habits. As soon as you start learning new ones, they will become who you are. This sounds easier said than done, but believe me, it can be done. 

So how do you get it done?

Here’s my lucky 7 ways:

1. Inspiration

Find inspiration and shove it anywhere in your line of sight. Seriously. Write it on a piece of paper and glue it to your ceiling so that you see it every morning when you wake up (realistically, your phone screen saver is a good start!).

My notebook | Photo by Amy Lohbihler (Inspiration: I put that shit on everything!)

My notebook | Photo by Amy Lohbihler
(Inspiration: I put that shit on everything!)

 2. People

Surround yourself with people that are on the same health wave as you. There are days when the waters are rough, but these people will help you make it to the shore. 

3. Education

Teach yourself a lesson! Learn one new thing every day about being healthy. You’re never going to convince yourself something is healthy for you if you don’t actually know what it does to your body, and you’ll be surprised at all the junk foods disguised as healthy food. Get ready for heartbreak, but heartbreaks make you stronger, right? 

4. Learn the 'How'

Teach yourself a lesson round 2! I can’t emphasize this one enough. If you’re starting to work out, or lift weights, LEARNING HOW TO DO IT PROPERLY IS CRUCIAL. You may end up doing more damage working out than good. Don’t be afraid to ask people who work at the gym how to use the equipment or do things the right way. Being shy is not worth the back pain. Trust. 

Me at the gym. | Photo by Amy Lohbihler (I still call the things in the top left hand corner giant elastic bands, but learnt they were called resident bands. However, do snap at you like a giant elastic band, so be careful.)

Me at the gym. | Photo by Amy Lohbihler
(I still call the things in the top left hand corner giant elastic bands, but learnt they were called resident bands. However, do snap at you like a giant elastic band, so be careful.)

5. Self Awareness

Of course doing research to educate yourself is a must, but you also need to learn from yourself. Get to know the triggers that cause those unhealthy habits. For example, when I haven’t had enough sleep, my body just wants sugar because it’s tired. Therefore, I always make sure I get enough sleep. 

6. Sleep

And that’s number 6. Teaching your body proper sleep patterns is hard, but once you get in the routine, I promise it gets easier.  

7. Time

Dedicate time to being healthy. Can’t say it’s super fun, but it has to be done. I take time out of my week to plan my meals and workouts. Once it’s already figured out, it’s so easy. The easier it is, the more likely you are to follow through with it. 

Planning saves time | Photo by Amy Lohbihler (Prepped overnight oats make everyone jealous of you anyways so why not take the time to make them?

Planning saves time | Photo by Amy Lohbihler
(Prepped overnight oats make everyone jealous of you anyways so why not take the time to make them?

As I learned more about health, the healthier I became. Coincidence? I think not. I'll wrap this up next with Part 3. Maintaining my health, but still living my life has been the hardest of them all. Next time, I’ll share what's next.  

Read Part 3 Here