We all have lapses in motivation at times. This is when you really have to want what you’re working towards because it’s what you chose to do when you’re not motivated that effects the end result.
I have pulled together a bunch of things you can do when you aren’t feeling motivated or focused that will help make you go to the gym and work your butt off.
Remember why you started. This is an incredibly useful tool. I find visualising what I want my body to look like keeps me going when I can’t be bothered workout out. I don’t want to continue looking in the mirror and seeing average and the only way you don’t look average is by pushing your limits and coming outside your comfort zone. Remember if you do the same thing you always do then nothing will change.
Keep in mind that you are doing new things that you have never done before and stepping outside of your comfort zone so give yourself some credit. It’s not easy to get up and workout every day. It’s exhausting but you have never done it before and you’re doing just fine!
Reward yourself for trying these new things and pushing your boundaries. I reward myself by putting pennies aside when I hit a new goal weight so that when I am the size I want to be I will have money in the bank to buy the clothes I have always wanted to wear. You don’t want to work your ass off to get to the dress size you have always dreamed off and then find you have no money to pay for clothes that actually fit you.
Only focus on today and what you can do today to reach your goal. I have found that taking one day at a time is super useful especially when it comes to food. If I maybe ate way too much the day before that doesn’t matter because only today matters in my eyes. Don’t beat yourself up over yesterday.
Take note of your progress. I have a little bullet journal where I have goal weights written and every time I reach one I score it off. It may be slow progress but slow progress is better than no progress. I have also found that having a Fitbit really helps with tracking progress and since I bought myself one I have lost a lot more weight. It’s almost a challenge when you have a Fitbit on and it’s motivational in itself.
When you’re at the gym sweating, and looking disgusting don’t look at anyone else. Don’t compare yourselves to the girls that look better than you. You should be challenging yourself and nobody else. The challenge should be to be better than you were yesterday.
Listen to your body. If you went full out at the gym yesterday and your sore today maybe take it easy or focus on a part of your body that doesn’t hurt. Don’t become completely focused on what the scales say instead of what your body says.
Remember that you’re doing this because you love your body, not because you hate it and believe that you can reach your goals. YOU CAN DO THIS! I know you can because I know that I can.
What would you do if you were being sensible? What would you do if you were being brave? You can’t change your life by doing all the same things you have always done. Being brave is a massive step to being someone new and achieving things you never thought possible. Whether you take little steps at a time or a massive leap it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that your taking the steps towards what you want to do with your one and only life.
Believe me when I say that I don’t like change. I never liked the idea of going to far off places, somewhere with new languages or weird animals that look cute but are deadly. That never appealed to me until this year. I got a graduate job that I never thought I would be lucky enough to get and I’m actually kind of good at it. I think that getting it just made me realise that I can do the things I never thought I could. I answer telephones and deal with picky people who want designs to be just right even if they are wrong. I tell them they are wrong in a round about way to make them think it was their idea to change it. Instead of rolling over and accepting everything thats thrown my way I’m actually questioning and explaining which is totally not me and I’m enjoying it. I keep surprising myself with little things.
Telling myself to get myself together is big part of that. I set myself up to get what I want now instead of setting myself up to fail. It’s a new outlook that does actually mean a lot.
I get in my car and drive to new places without my sat nav guiding the way. I read sign posts and take the wrong roads but I enjoy it now which is strange because turning the sat nav on before used to scare me. Theres more to see than a screen. Looking out the window and stopping in little towns you would usually pass through. Taking my time isn’t wasting time, it’s making memories and living in the moment. Something I never did before. Everything was planned to within an inch of its life. Don’t get me wrong, I still have freak outs about not having everything planned if I stop and think about it long enough. But as long as I remember which roads I took to get there, it’s easy enough to find your way home.
I completed my first five kilometre run and raised £285 and counting for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust through our Just Giving page. That I never would have done before. Would have been too worried about what other people thought and I would have thought through a million different situations through in my head before hand. But instead I got up and ran it with Kelly and we did something different, new and worthwhile. We obviously feel like we didn’t push ourselves enough either because we are running the Falkirk Supernova five kilometre run in November too. It’s these little things that show you just how far you have come and it just shows that your capable of pushing though even when you want to stop.
I guarantee that if you have a look at your own life you will realise that you’ve accomplishing things you never would have before. Even if they are just little accomplishments at least your still taking steps in the right direction.
Take the road less travelled even if it says it’s not suitable for motor vehicles. Worry about it in the moment and laugh about it later.
They do say that the early bird catches the worm. While everyone else is asleep just think about how far ahead you could get! That’s been my number one push to get up early. I want to change my life and I am not going to do that by sleeping in till eight every day.
Setting That Bloody Alarm
Setting that alarm is the easy part, it’s actually getting up when your alarm goes off thats tough. I have found that wearing my activity tracker to bed and setting my alarm on the app for a smooth wake up is a lot better than a loud obnoxious alarm. Waking up to a soft vibration of your wrist is a much better wake up and one that doesn’t put me in a bad mood before I’ve even set foot out of bed.
Put Your Workout Gear Where You Can See It
Laying your workout gear out at night before bed is also a huge motivation. The fact that it’s all there ready to go as soon as you wake up means your more likely to wake up in that mindset. It also helps if you have nice workout gear that you enjoy wearing because then you’ll want to put it on. Put it somewhere you can see it in the morning to push you to get up.
Have your playlist ready to go. Whatever music your into have your playlist set, mix it up just like you would your workouts to keep it fresh and exciting. Have music that matches the pace of your workout. I have found that having music with a strong beat makes running so much easier. Hitting the pavement on the beat helps to keep a steady rhythm, therefore you keep the same steady pace and in theory the same breathing pace.
Plan Out Your Workouts
Know what workouts your doing before bed. If your going to the gym, swimming, running or doing a class, know what your going to set your goal as before bed. Having that motivation when you wake up of putting your gym clothes on and going straight where you planned means you have no chance to back out. Treat it as a meeting that you can’t miss or be late for.
Believe You Can Boss It
Have your mind set on the fact that you can do anything the day throws at you and that includes the hard sweaty workout you have planned first thing in the morning. I have found that going to bed motivated and having a good night sleep makes it so much easier to believe in yourself in the morning. So get the shut eye that you need and you will get the workout in that you deserve.