Out of Motivation?

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I saw this awesome graphic on the web and wanted to share it with you all.  I’ve really been using positive mantras and reminders to encourage myself to make the healthier exercise and diet choices lately – it’s so-so-so much more effective than cajoling or bribing.  If you need some positive motivation, too, here are a bunch of awesome phrases to repeat to yourself!



The only one of the mantras that I do not like is the “Screw the injury and the pain” one – that’s just silly.  Injuries blow, but don’t make ‘em worst.  But I especially love, “I inspire myself.”  Because isn’t that the best cycle?  When you are inspired by your own awesomeness? Go out and GET IT!



  • Caroline @ After Dinner Dance March 13, 2012, 10:37 pm

    Love it! Thanks!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 13, 2012, 10:42 pm

    Oh I love this! I like the part about “I’m setting aside time for ME” and “I will succeed”. Finding your motivation really does make all the difference in the world!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 13, 2012, 10:45 pm

    I always remind myself that “I am Strong” and “I can do this” or some version of that.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 13, 2012, 11:01 pm

    Love these!!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 13, 2012, 11:04 pm

    I was looking at those sayings and the F* the injury one rubbed me the wrong way too, funny how you said the same thing. Love the rest though especially “I’ll beat the odds” It makes it like a competition and being super competitive, that one is definitely motivating!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 13, 2012, 11:07 pm

    I always try to remind myself that I am blessed to be able to get out and exercise. Not everyone is luck enough to be able to run or even walk for that matter, so I have to use my gift 🙂

  • Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions March 13, 2012, 11:09 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! I just posted about my using positive self talk today ~ I’m definitely a fan!

  • Jill March 13, 2012, 11:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing!! Love the “I will surprise myself.” No matter what, we are always stronger than we give ourselves credit for.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well March 14, 2012, 2:17 am

    I love the idea of “I’m going to feel so much better after I workout” – I think visualization can be powerful! Thinking about how much better you’ll feel in 10 hours because you worked out/got those endorphins. But I agree that it’s also very important to listen to your body and rest when needed.

  • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl March 14, 2012, 4:59 am

    I like the… I have the power within myself to feel fabulous.

    For the past week and a half I’ve been waking up at 5:30 to practice yoga for 30-40 minutes before my boyfriend gets up/I start making breakfast/packing lunches/getting ready. It is so not easy but it makes a WORLD of a difference when I go to work and sit at my desk for 9 hours (ick). It gives me a renowned sense of spirit and makes me feel better, regardless what the day may bring!

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 14, 2012, 6:16 am

    My favorite is “I have the power within myself to feel fabulous.”

    Also, I think “Exercise produces endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands” ought to be on there!!

  • Hillary March 14, 2012, 7:05 am

    I like this a lot. Lately I’ve been motivated out of the sheer thankfulness I feel for my body. It’s let me train for two half marathons without any (knock on wood!) injuries whatsoever. I feel like that’s just awesome, and it motivates me to keep going!

  • Alett March 14, 2012, 7:52 am

    Pinned it!
    I really needed this – been feeling very unmotivated as of late 🙁

  • Cindy March 14, 2012, 8:04 am

    Love this! I always prepare some mantras before a marathon and recently decided to use them when not running, too – they work so why not! Thanks for giving me more ideas. 🙂

  • Maren March 14, 2012, 8:43 am

    Thanks! Yes, I saw the injury one and thought the same…wish I could do that, but it’s not that easy! 😉

  • Sarahf March 14, 2012, 10:26 am

    My favourite mantra is from a Nike ad, “Yesterday you said tomorrow”. It’s good because it’s true.

  • Kaitlyn March 14, 2012, 10:28 am

    I love your motivation! I repinned it.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 14, 2012, 10:44 am

    Thank you for this! They’re great!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 14, 2012, 10:57 am

    Mine is “You never regret a workout”.

  • Johanna B March 14, 2012, 1:35 pm

    I want a copy of this poster to put on my wall by me exercise stuff. I’d love to read it while I’m riding my bike or lifting every morning.

  • Amber K March 14, 2012, 2:13 pm

    I’m so glad you mentioned that screw the injury one. I was immediately turned off and didn’t even want to read the rest of them if they were going to be like that. That’s just crazy to me!

  • Finding a skinnier me March 14, 2012, 2:56 pm

    I stumbled on these at the perfect time, when I am trying to train my body to run! Love it! Thanks!

  • Anna March 14, 2012, 4:12 pm

    Oh definitely need this for my 10 miler training run this weekend..not feeling it but Must DO It!

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