Goals,  Motivational,  PFOCUS

Motivation For Runners

You need to run BUT

IMG_1963When it comes to exercise, why do we even think twice about whether we should do it or not? Because we allow ourselves to fixate on how we feel NOW. Whether it’s how we feel physically, or how we feel emotionally, we let those feelings determine our actions. Yet, if we were to just focus on how we feel when we are FINISHED, I believe our actions would change drastically.

If you have a goal, let all your actions (what you eat, what you do, what you sacrifice) all be to get you one step closer to that goal. I think our problem is we do too much thinking, and too little doing. Next time you think about whether you should workout or not, you are waisting precious time pondering the inevitable – so just do it! You know it has to get done eventually if you want to reach your goal.

Don’t just Live, #LiveWithFire

Your Turn:

What gets you out the door?
How do you stay motivated to keep running when you, and everything around you, fights you every step of the way?

Shoes in the mantra pic: RealFlex Fusion RT

Shoes in the pic of me running:  This is when I was testing the DMX Sky on the (Right Foot only) and comparing it to another style. Click here to read more – Fitness Motivation: The Hardest Step is the 1st Step.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Owner of Lift Vero and motivational "pfitness, pfood and pfaith" blogger in Vero Beach, Florida.


  • Faith Wynne

    My motivation is signing up for races so I am forced to train. Also I gauge my success by the fit of my clothes, I try not to weigh myself more than once every month or two. When my clothes get looser I know I’m on the right track. And thanks to you Bonnie, I keep two key phrases in my head at all times.
    1. Never eat in one sitting what you can’t burn off in one workout.
    2. Never go more than two days in a row without working out.
    It’s true that we don’t make enough time for ourselves, and when we do it’s usually to relax and unwind rather than getting out and exercising. As a mom who has a genetically enhanced daughter (DS) I am teaching/showing her that exercise is fun. She has always been an active kid, and now at the age of 6 she LOVES to run with me, play t-ball, soccer and walk the dog. It’s important that we set a good example for our kids and others around us. Anyone can do it, you just have to want it.

    • Bonnie Pfiester

      So awesome!! So cool to hear about you setting such a good example and starting your daughter off early! …and it’s great that those 2 phrases have helped you. So happy to hear that!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Linda Kohn

    I run every day and love it. Today I’m sick. Ugh. Still, I’m going to get on the treadmill because I KNOW I’ll feel better when it’s done. Bonnie, I am so glad you are here for me to stalk every day. Haha. You have changed my mindset in many ways and I appreciate you so much. This week I’m working on not eating out at all and not undoing my workout with what I do eat. The scale hasn’t budged in months and I know it’s because I undo my workout each day with food choices. Praying for focus today….. 🙂

    • Bonnie Pfiester

      You are cute. I’m honored to have you “stalk” me 🙂 haha! It’s funny, I just told Faith (below) that I LOVE to run, I just hate to start. I think that will be my next fitness motivational pic. It’s so funny, but it’s true. As for your scale, I highly recommend counting calories (I use the LoseIt app). It will help you reach your goal SO much faster. Even me, being a fitness professional, needs to do it if I want results. Counting calories isn’t for everyone – and it isn’t NEEDED for everyone. BUT for people like me, who likes to eat VOLUME, needs the accountability to keep me on track. 😉

      SO glad to hear I’m helping! Keep it up! So exciting!

  • Ashley M

    I can’t remember who posted this originally but it helps me to remember this: After you go for a run, you will not regret having done it. But, if you choose not to go, you will always feel bad about it afterwards.

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