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Thursday, September 25, 2014

My motivation is lacking…





Dear Readers,

I have a confession. My motivation is lacking, particularly in the strength training department. I still love strength training, but I am losing my motivation to go to the gym in the morning. I have been feeling like a homebody lately and don’t want to spend three mornings a week at Planet Fitness. I do have weights I can use at home, but Planet Fitness has heavier weights and better equipment. For me, it’s truly more effective to go to the gym than workout at home.

I need to get back on track and into the groove of getting my butt to the gym in the morning, whether I feel like it or not. I don’t know if there’s any other way to do this than to just suck it up and do it. My hope is that if I just suck it up, after a while, it will become routine again and I won’t give it a second thought.

What do you do when you lack motivation?

15 comments:

  1. It is OK. I totally get it. With all my rehab this summer my routine has really changed and my weight training routine has also been modified. My goal is 2 days upper body, 2 days of core and 3 days of a 20 minute yoga (which I sort of count and strength training with all the lunges and planks).--all done at home Maybe just do what you can at home until your motivation to go to the gym comes back. No, it's not the heavy weights but it's something that will keep you in the routine and will keep your muscles in shape. I promise your motivation will come back :) Hugs to you girl.

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    1. That's what I'm hoping, at least I am doing SOMETHING. I think I need to just relax and not hold myself up to a certain standard every single day.

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  2. Don't pressure yourself to do anything--I say get a good night's sleep and eat yummy foods, take a 4-5 day break from strength training and then get back into it later!

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    1. That's my problem, I have been taking 4-5 day breaks and I still don't want to go! Whine whine whine complain complain complain I need to just suck it up. :)

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  3. I feel this way every year as we move into fall, even though I live in LA and it often remains as hot in the fall as the summer. I think my body still thinks I live in Michigan and need an extra "warm layer" so it's OK to eat pasta and not want to run or go to the gym. :) I sort of kid, but I think these things happen in cycles and it's OK to honor that feeling for a little bit. Try not to pressure yourself.

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    1. It is totally a cycle! Once it gets colder out I won't even want to go OUTSIDE and run. I'll be like... 50 degrees??? TOO COLD! hahaha.

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  4. I've been hanging out with runners lately who don't strength train. Mostly because they're men with perfect bodies and muscles without the weights, so why strength train?! I, however, love to lift weights, but have been skipping the weights to go for runs lately. Like last week, I skipped leg day in favor of a random 10-miler. Oops. I may be skipping leg day again today to try and keep up with the boys. We will see. I'm going to lose my much earned behind if I keep this up! I'm right here with you. I hope your motivation comes back soon! I am sure it's just your body's way of wanting rest.

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    1. Skipping your leg day once in awhile won't matter, but I guess if you get in the habit it will! That's what I don't want to do- get in more of a habit! I don't understand runners who don't strength train- even the boys!

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  5. Bummer, I have been where you are often.Having a buddy this summer sure helped me in many ways. Some days I didn't care to do anything but once I started it was on :) Any potential accountability buddies at the gym??

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    1. You are so right, once I am at the gym and doing it, it's fine. It's just the initial getting up and leaving the house.

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  6. I feel like going back to work, at first, doesn't affect us. Then one day a few weeks in, we start to feel unmotivated to lose more sleep than we're always missing. About 4 weeks into the school year my motivation started to take a dive too! I'm not someone who can be motivated by outside stimulus, even the idea of the race or whatever, it has to come from within, so I just let myself slack a bit until I miss it so much I'm motivated again!

    Idk if that works for other people. Maybe remembering that a strong body = faster runs = meeting your 10k race goal will help! Or making a friend text you in the morning to get up. Or making Paul kick you out of bed! Or make him go with you!

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    1. It is definitely a going back to work thing with me. In the summer it's fine... I'm home most of the day so going to the gym is like an "outing" you know? I am sure I will get back in the swing.

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  7. I go on Pinterest! haha

    Seriously, sometimes motivational pins really get me revved up for a good workout!!

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  8. I think it's understandable that your motivation is lacking with the start of school, the recent hospitalization of Paul and y'all's trip for his surgery (not surgery). I'm sure that when things level out you will be back at the gym 3x a week pushing yourself!!!

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  9. Hey Megan, a lack of motivation in your training is a difficult problem because there are likely many factors contributing to it, but the simplest way to get your motivation back is to do something you want to do. Regaining your motivation by forcing your mind to stay focused. Running is my life. I have high thoughts on it. But sometimes I also became distracted. Thanks to natrun.com.au for getting me back from it.

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