By Lyndsey-Hafer Williams
The work of swapping out destructive habits for healthy habits is not for the faint of heart.
The endeavor of remaining open instead of shutting down can be terrifying.
The task of striving to achieve an authentic life is neverending.
I call it Soul Work.
Working through all the layers of built-up feelings and then tearing down all the walls around your heart and soul, in order to discover who you are, can be one of the most difficult undertakings in life.
If you are trying your hardest to eat a healthy diet and move your body more, and it’s overwhelming or frustrating, you are not alone.
When transitioning to a plant based WOE (way of eating), it can be challenging to stay motivated if you’re not seeing overnight results like weight loss, extra energy, or glowing skin. Remember, this is a lifestyle change that can last a lifetime so it’s important to focus on your overall health instead of quick results (that never last very long).
That said, life has a way of throwing us curveballs and, in the wake of those curveballs, we might know what to do in order to take care of ourselves, but we can’t find the motivation to do it.
It seems like the word motivation has taken on a life of its own.
We are all waiting to feel it!
We are all waiting to be inspired by it!
We are all waiting for our fire to be lit by it!
From the outside, it might seem like people who are motivated to eat healthy and move their body on a consistent basis are in possession of some sort of hard-to-acquire-super-powered-mystical-unicorn-motivation that isn’t available to the general public.
The people who batch the meal plans every single week.
The people who stay on track with this WOE.
The people who have a daily movement practice.
I can only speak for myself, but it would be so much fun to tell you that I’ve finally found the magical-mother-lode of motivation and then tell you where to go find it so you can scoop it up and bring it home with you.
But the truth is much more important.
Before finding Clean Food Dirty Girl and completely transitioning to a Whole Food Plant Based way of eating, I struggled my entire life with depression, obesity, chronic health problems, and lack of self-worth.
Before starting Lighten Up and totally revolutionizing my relationship with food and my body, I was on every diet imaginable and wasted tons of money and time on fad weight-loss schemes and gym memberships.
I continually searched for motivation to keep at it!
But the more I searched, the more I continued to feel uninspired and unmotivated.
The simple truth is this:
The desperate struggle to stay motivated became my complete focus.
Not the path to health and well-being.
Not the joy of exploration and adventure.
Not gratitude for the present moment
Not the journey at all.
I was only focused on the end result. At all costs to my body, my mind, my friends, my family, and my life. It was a constant struggle of hurry up and wait. And I was sick of it.
So I tried something else instead. I looked inward and focused on the journey.
For every picture that I post exclaiming …
how happy I am
how fabulous I feel
how easy it is to move my body
…there are hundreds of pictures not posted showing how hard I worked, how many tears were shed, how many times I didn’t want to batch or move and I did it anyway, and how many times failure greeted me but I got back up and kept going.
I’m just like you, no super-human powers at all. But, what I have done is turned inward.
And what I found is that everything you need is already inside of you.
When you shift your perspective, shift your mindset, and shift your attitude from that of “waiting” to one of “trusting” everything changes.
Trust the power of plant-based nutrition and the Plant Fueled Meal Plans that are thoughtfully created to support your journey to health.
Trust the life-changing program that is Lighten Up.
Trust the process and trust yourself.
Because in the end, it’s all about transformation and that takes time. Results are the happy side effects of changing your life from the inside out.
Results will come. They must.
Don’t wait for motivation to find you. Don’t wait for inspiration. Don’t wait for outside encouragement.
Gather up your courage, take a deep breath, and jump in right now.
Are you currently waiting for motivation to arrive before you start something? We would love to hear about it in the comments below!
Whole Food Plant Based Creamy Chive Dressing
Whole Food Plant Based Creamy Chive Dressing
Makes 1 1/2 cups
- 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 10 minutes (75 g)
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (235 ml)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ume plum vinegar
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives, divided (10 g)
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and left whole
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (about 5 turns)
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
Soak the cashews in water and set aside.
Place the non-dairy milk, lemon juice, and ume plum vinegar into your blender and gently swish the container to mix the ingredients.
Drain and discard the water from the cashews. Place the cashews and half of the chives (2 tablespoons) into your blender, along with the garlic clove, dijon mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
Blend until super creamy and smooth. Transfer the dressing to a container and stir in the rest of the chives (2 tablespoons) and parsley. Store in the fridge.
Dressing thickens up some upon refrigeration. This dressing can be made with green onions instead of chives.
Wishing you a happy week. May it be filled with taking action, especially when you’re not motivated.