My Goal. My Focus. My Grind: What keeps me motivated?

Here is a quick summary of my week: I work Monday to Friday, 9am till 5.30pm. Monday straight after work I head over to Camden for a seminar and get home around 11pm, I study during my lunch breaks and on weekends, which is also when I spend time with my boyfriend and family. I hit the gym 4 to 5 times a week usually after work and meal prep on my rest days. Every now and then I treat myself with a salsa and kizomba night. Yes, it does get hectic and yes, being organised helps.

There are days when I’m almost KO and at this point I’m brutally honest with myself (I’ve also discovered that my persuasive skills are pretty good). I distinguish between being mentally and physically tired. When I’m mentally tired is when I choose to take day off - I limit these to 2 days a week. Sometimes these days are also when I have unbearable cravings or feel rockbottom low. Keep reading and I’ll reveal what gives me that kick to keep going.

I don’t meet up with friends or go out often not because I’m antisocial or don’t want to see them but because it takes time away from what I need to do for myself. True friends may not understand your drive but they’ll support you regardless. Something I’ve learnt recently is that in order to achieve something I need to focus on one thing at a time and prioritise. Trying to do everything leads me to achieving nothing.

I’m not saying you need to be as extreme or strict as I am in order to make progress — by all means make your own priority list. All I’m saying is that this works for me and making this lifestyle my priority has given me the result I have now.

The moment I realised and defined my goal was when I sincerely believed that I could get the body and mentality I’d been aiming for. It’s knowing that my goal is a possibility and that I’m on track to achieve it. It’s not just an ‘I wish I could have that body’ thought, it’s me, my goal, my achievement. I knew and understood that it would mean making sacrifices — I’m still making those sacrifices and happily!

The most important thing I want to get across is to find your goal, one that you want for yourself. One that will give you a sense of pride, achievement and empowerment and make you think a million times before taking that bite of cheesecake or skipping a workout because you think there’s no point. A goal doesn’t change with fashion or celebrities. It’s not based on how someone else expects you to be or, in my case, your mum saying your bum and thighs make you look fat and that you should be slimmer. It’s you being you and going after what you truly want for yourself.

About The Author

I’m Alisha Ullal and I’m a bodybuilder, nutrition enthusiast and a slightly crazy latin dancer. I’m here to share my experiences with you, reflect on them and travel further on my own journey.

If you have anything you’d like to ask me or want me to blog about, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to help in whichever way I can.

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