Body After Baby: Find Your Motivation

We are half way through the Fit by Labor Day Challenge! Wow! Can you believe it?


I’ve been reading several of your blogs and I’m so happy to see how wonderful many of you are doing! You guys ROCK! I love seeing change and I love that so many of you are reaching your goals and feeling better!

I also know there are some of you who are discouraged and feel like giving up. And you know what, I totally know how you feel! But…. we still have 4 weeks left! You can do still do a lot in 4 weeks so don’t give up! It’s most certainly, not too late!

If you’re using the journal I made you, you’ll see the quote for today is:
“There are only two choices- make progress or make excuses.” – Ellen Mikesell

That’s so true isn’t? Life is about choices. Working out, eating healthy is a choice. Life is determined by choice after choice, decision after decision.

Before you are about to eat something, do something, drink something, ask yourself this- Will this (enter activity here) bring me one step closer or one step further away form my goal?

I hope it’s one step closer!

I encourage you to take a half way picture of yourself. Compare it to your “starting” picture 4 weeks ago and see where you’re at. Seeing progress may give you the motivation to keep going or see a lack thereof might also encourage you!

My question for you guys this week is What is your motivation? Why do you want to lose weight? What is your driving force? Thinking about this can help remind us why we’re doing what we’re doing and what it means for us.

A few things that motivate me are:
  • I want to be healthy for my family
  • I want to set a good example for Lucas
  • I want to be able to chase after him and run around with him
  • I want to look good
  • I want to feel good
  • I want to live a long life
What motivates you?

I would really love to know how you guys are doing! If you’re up for it, please let me know in the comments how your progress is going. Or if you wrote about it this week leave your post url in Mr Linky!

I hope everyone has a great week!



Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

10 thoughts on “Body After Baby: Find Your Motivation

  1. My biggest motivation is my children. I want to be a good example by living a healthy lifestyle, which includes fitness and healthy eating habits. Fitting in my pre-baby clothes is just an added bonus!

    Go Red Team!

  2. My two biggest things are Michael and Lucy. I don't believe that its healthy in a marriage for someone to let themselves go. Plus Michael is a soldier and has to stay in shape. 🙂 I hate the thought of people looking at us and saying “Why is that guy with HER???”

    Then there is the fact that I want to be healthy to run around after Lucy.

    She's 10 months old and I'm already 10 pounds below my pre-preggo weight. But I would really like to tone up. You know how it is, after a baby you can lose all the weight but that doesn't mean there still won't be something sagging! That's my challenge until over the next month.

    Lots of luck to all the mommies!

  3. I have lost 7 pounds so far and love it! I haven't been as disciplined as I would like, but my mindset has changed. I think more about what I eat and I am intentional about being active. This has really helped me feel better.

    Go Brown Team!!

  4. My motivation is my son's 1st birthday on Sept 15. I want to be prepregnancy weight by then. After 3 kids, this is the longest it's taken to get back down.

    AND my husband will be home from Afghanistan for R & R in December and I want him to hardly recognize the sleep deprived, chubby, insecure-about-her-looks, mom-haired, depressed wife he left behind back in April.
    WOOHOO!!!

  5. I'm motivated by a lot of things.

    First of all I love feeling good! Giving my body what it needs makes me feel good inside and out!

    I want to be a good example for my kids. I want them to know what healthy means and that it can be fun and taste good! My kids fight more with needing to gain weight than lose it (I was like that once upon a time) I'm trying to find healthy fats to give them like olive oil, natural peanut butter, olives and avocados.

    I want to help motivate my husband as well. He used to be big into sports, but was injured and down for a long time. He works long hours in the middle of the night, gets maybe 3 hours of sleep so he can spend time with me and the kids… it's hard for him to make healthy choices when he's exhausted all of the time. I'd like to help him get where he wants to be.

  6. More than anything I want to make sure that I'm around for my wife and daughter. A family history of heart disease is even scarier when a person is as overweight as I am.

    We're chipping away slowly, but surely and this effort has been great encouragement.

    Now if only I could get some update posts done.

  7. I definitely want to do this for my family but now I have a greater reason to do it! Check out my BAB Vlog! 🙂

    My diet has been not so great but in the sense of not eating ENOUGH! I had a horrid stomach ache for 2 whole weeks due to eating eggplant parmesan, don't asked me why but I cannot eat this stuff, my tummy reacted pretty bad to it so I have been eating very little and I think that is affecting my energy overall. Anyways, I am back in track and today Im feeling a lot better! phew!

  8. I WANT to be more motivated, but it just hasn't happened yet..maybe I'm not fully ready, but I'm still trying…still trying to find that one thing that really gets me moving! I've lost 5 lbs, but now I'm stuck again…this will be a better week!

  9. Certainly a surprising type of motivation is how good I feel mentally. I've had depression for years and meds haven't helped much. It is really virtually gone.

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