Raise your hand if you *always* feel like working out?!
To that one peppy girl reading this with her hand raised, you are a unicorn and can continue onto the next blog post. But for the majority of us (ahem…myself included), there are times when we need a little extra mojo to get us out the door or to push play!!
For instance, it was the week before Christmas and I was laying in bed after my alarm went off and Troy looks over at me and asks, “Um, excuse me? What are you still doing here?”
My reply: “I honestly don’t want to workout this morning.”
To which his reply was “Um, that is normal. Do it anyway.”
I laughed and of course gave him a solid tittle-twister (sidenote: I sat here for 2 minutes debating the correct spelling of “tittie” lol!) before getting out of bed and walking to my workout clothes that I had laid out the night before. As I tried to conjure up my best energy, I just felt BLAH. “I do not want to do this!” was the anthem playing in my head over and over. But Troy was already setting up the mats in the living room so I couldn’t let my workout buddy down…so I showed up.
I was annoyed every minute of it, but at the end I was so happy. Proud.
Self discipline is doing what you know needs to be done, even though you don’t want to. The more we flex that self-discipline muscle, the strong it gets!
The women I work with in my online challenge groups often struggle just like me (and all non-unicorn humans) in motivating themselves to work out when they just aren’t feeling it! And for good freakin’ reason::
- We all have full plates
- Many of us are tired at the end of the day
- We often are so busy taking care of everybody else (kids, spouses, friends, co-workers, etc.) that we just seem to slip to the bottom of our own to-do list. I mean…how backwards is that when you stop to think about it that way?!
But it’s time to make a change and flip that beotch! Because how can we best pour into those we love when our own cup is empty?!
So the first step is realizing that motivation doesn’t just happen…we have to manufacture our own! Yep…motivation is an inside job (and I realize how eye-rollingly annoying that sentence is haha! But it’s true boo!)
But there ARE things we can do to make it happen…here are THREE!
ONE::: Tell yourself you’re “just going to get through” those first 10 minutes
Tie on those shoes –> head to your living room –> and push play knowing you are committing only to those first 10 minutes of the workout. That’s just two little 5 minute sessions. Or five 2-minute sessions. Whatever you gotta tell yourself to make it sound good!
Because guess what will happen? Yep…you are not a quitter so you will finish the dang thang! 😉
TWO::: Find an accountability partner or group and then make a strategic deal for the week ahead
A woman in one of my groups told her best friend that if she didn’t workout 5 days that week, that she would owe her friend $100. Well…she ended up working out 3 times that week and paid her friend the $100. So what did she do for the next week? She upped the ante!
She told her friend that if she didn’t workout 5 days that week, she would owe her friend $1,000!
Guess what she did?! 😉
So you see…sometimes you just gotta create your own motivation strategy! haha!
THREE::: Choose an event or an occasion to work toward!
- Have a tropical vacation coming up? Perfect!
- Want to cross “run a half marathon” off your Bucket List? Let’s find one to sign up for and get to work!
- Your best friend is getting married in 6 months and you envision flossing some Madonna arms in that strapless dress she is making you wear. Let’s pull together a game plan!
Basically…when we have an actual event or an occasion that we can reference in our minds on those days we aren’t just not feeling it, then chances are we will show up regardless!! Because when our reasons why outweigh our excuses, we show up!
So make sure your event/occasion has the following components in order to be successful:
- It has an actual date on the calendar. Circle it. Know it.
- You must continuously close your eyes and envision yourself doing whatever it is you are planning to do. Think about how you LOOK, FEEL and ACT. Be there in your mind as if it’s already happened.
- If fear and doubt kick in, choose to immediately label it as ‘excitement’. You are challenging yourself to get outside a comfort zone…so embrace the fact that you are living life!
Know you got this! One day at a time + one workout at a time!