Staying motivated doesn't work...
Yes, I understand that I am a person why tries to motivate others every day. I post motivational quotes every day, I post pictures of my workouts nearly every day, and I even run a Facebook Challenge Group whose intention is to keep like-minded folks plugged in together to stay motivated and accountable.
Those are all tools, however. Tools to help individuals make the first, second, or even third step to change their lives. Another tool I use to help others get motivated involves figuring out a "why." Maybe you hit that point where you see yourself in the mirror and don't like what you see. Maybe you have kids, a family member, or a significant other that you wish to be around and spend lots of time with.
All of those tools are great for motivation and help you get going. What I am writing about today goes well beyond that. You must program healthy living into your brain so that you don't even need some catchy internet meme to get you going to do your workout anymore, you just know what you have to do.
There are things in your life right now that require a serious time commitment or devotion from you. Simple things like brushing your teeth, walking the dog, preparing meals, etc. You know, the "mundane stuff" in life. Go beyond that with school, work, family time, social commitments, home maintenance, etc. Those things often require a lot more of your time and energy, but you just do them because they are part of your life.
Exercise and healthy eating (I hate the word diet or dieting) need to be a part of that "automatic" part of your day.
I think far too many people leave it up to chance or feeling. The sun is out, I am feeling good, I think I will head to the gym or go for a run. I personally don't think that way. When I wake up in the morning, I almost immediately go through my list of to-do's for the day, which includes my workout for that day. I figure out my schedule based on what my wife is doing, what my boys' schedules are like, and figure out when I am going to do my workout, not if.
Here's another analogy. Use health and fitness as a tool so that you can do things better. You go to school to learn and improve yourself. You have a job or career so that you can earn money to purchase things like food, shelter, and entertainment. You should use healthy foods and exercise as your tool to feel better and function better.
Take Tony Horton for example. Now 56 years old, even with his busy schedule traveling around promoting health and fitness (as well as his products), he still manages to get his workouts done. Why? Because it is ingrained in his everyday life. I certainly hope I am well enough to be like him when I am 56 years old.