Lost Motivation

10 Sep


So remember how after the marathon I said I was going to start working out again and stop eating crap? Yeah… that hasn’t really happened.

Instead, I’ve been eating Bagel Bites and watching copious amounts of NCIS. Which is fine… for a time. But I don’t want to become that guy on the couch.

There are a variety of reasons excuses why I’m being lazy, but it pretty much boils down to I have no motivation. Training for a race is my main motivator for being active (and eating healthy follows suit). And with no race on the horizon, my motivation has pulled the disappearing act too. Even though I really do enjoy being active, sometimes the enjoyment of laziness triumphs.

A logical solution would be to just sign up for another race. In Denver, there are races year round. Unfortunately, right now, the thought of training for a race is even less appealing than the thought of working out. Which is kind of weird (since when don’t I want to race?), but also understandable (I’m completely burnt out on racing right now).

I know that you don’t technically need motivation to work out. You don’t need to *feel* like working out to go put on your shoes and head out for a walk. You don’t need to *look forward* to it. Heck, you could even be dreading it. The important part is that you DO it. The motivation follows later (like when you get done and say “I’m so glad I did that!”).

So I’ve decided that I’m going to stop waiting to *feel like* exercising again and Just Do It. No more excuses. No more whiny cries of “But I’m Sooooo tired!” There are times when I need to be nice to myself, but this isn’t one of them – this is when I need to kick myself in the butt.

I’m still going to be realistic. A person doesn’t have unlimited willpower. So my new revised goals are to do at least 30 minutes of cardio + 15 min strength training 3 times a week as well as limit sweets to 1 per day. And if I can’t handle that, Lord help me.

What do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated?

4 Responses to “Lost Motivation”

  1. todkehrli September 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Since I just finished lifting weights after running two half marathons this weekend, I guess you could say that I am highly motivated right now. That wasn’t the case towards the end of last year. A couple illnesses and a crazy work schedule gave me the excuses to slack off. A couple things that help me are:

    – Remembering myself 50 pounds ago. I never want to go back to that – feeling embarrassed about how I looked, struggling with simple activities. Never again.

    – I joined a running club online. Being able to talk running with people who understand. Seeing what everyone else is going through. Meeting people at races who you’ve only known online. It’s very motivating.

    Good luck. Work hard. Have fun!

  2. Mel September 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    I really, really think you should join DailyMile. I love the giant readout at the top of your page that reads “Time this week.” Your goal is 2:15! The little graphs and time readout are honestly so motivating, plus you get to interact with other people. I love it.

  3. Heidi Nicole September 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    Shortly after my full the Runner’s World mile a day challenge was going around Twitter so I hopped on board. It helped me get back to running, a lot. Some times it sucked but most days once I got myself out the door the run was wort it. That was over in July but the number of times I thought “I am so glad I made myself run” during that challenge keeps me going now, even when I’d rather not get off the couch.

    Good luck! 🙂


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