By far the number one question I get is, “how do you stay so motivated?”. I have two words for you. I don’t. What’s that? Oh, that’s right, I’m not motivated. Not ALL the time. Are you? It’s impossible for someone to be motivated all the time, in my opinion. If they are, I want them to move in with me so I can learn from them. And find out what the hell is wrong with them.
Here’s the thing, sometimes working out sucks. Yeah, I said it. I get burned out.
There are days I can NOT drag myself to the gym. There are days I totally don’t feel like going to the gym. Sometimes, when I’m in this burn out period, I manage to drag my lazy butt there. Sometimes, however, I give myself the day off. I cuss myself out usually. I feel all guilty and fat. But I take the day off. The key is to not stay OFF. The key is to get back on.
Oh yeah, I also eat like crap sometimes. That’s right. I don’t always eat healthy. Sometimes, I eat really, really bad. Then there’s more cussing, more guilt, and I feel fat again. Unfortunately, these two things generally go hand in hand. Too much food and no exercise. So then it’s like, “well, I’ve already blown it so another piece of this big cheesy nastiness can’t hurt too bad”.
Before you know it, it’s been a week (or two, or whatever…) since you’ve been to the gym. You haven’t seen a fresh fruit or veggie in a…well, when was that again? And you feel like total crap. Maybe you should just give up. Is it worth all this headache anyway? I mean, you don’t look that bad, right? Snap out of it!
Self motivation is the ability to satisfy a desire, expectation, or goal without being influenced to do so by another person. Self motivation is the key to a paradigm shift or behaviour changes amongst individuals. (*From selfgrowth.com) By the very definition of self motivation, you have to change what you’re doing. If you don’t feel like going to the gym, don’t. Go outside. If you’re sick of spin class, ride a real bike, go for a run. Do something new to spark that motivation you once had. Find a new class, or a new gym, or workout partner, or a new video. SOMETHING that gets you going.
I know, I know, it’s hard to get back on track. It’s so much fun to feel guilty, after all. And fat. And gross. And unhealthy. And have a tummy ache from crappy food because your body now craves the good stuff. I know that’s a good place to be. But really, how long do you want to be there? If you’re in that rut, go ahead. Give yourself some time off. Then get back to the gym. And put down the donuts. It will suck the first couple of times. It’s no fun digging out of a rut. But after a sweat session or two, you’ll “find” your motivation.
So, how do I keep motivated? The answer sucks. I don’t. But, I also don’t give up.