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Making some changes before motivation drops

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Well, I am going to make some changes to my workout plan for the rest of this month. I was planning on completing Insanity for 4 days a week, but was feeling my motivation dropping. First, I really like the Insanity workout program, and have seen some nice results already from starting it. Insanity is a great workout, but also demands a lot of energy and time (more than any other workout plan I have followed). I have been finding that I just don't have it in me at the end of working a long day, and knowing that I've brought home 2-3 hours more of work to also complete Insanity. I was finding that I was making excuses and avoiding my workout time. I needed to make a change, NOW! I recognize that I don't want to not workout daily, I can't loose my motivation to want to exercise. I needed to recognize that it was the type of workout I was avoiding, not that I wanted to avoid exercise. So I am changing my workout plan.

Here is what I am going to try.... I do still want to give Insanity a fair shake, so I figured out how to work it in. Insanity really demands having a lot of energy going into the workout, bot to get through it and to stay safe while completing this difficult workout. Insanity demands a lot of time (a typical workout is 40 + min, but I normally need to pause a few times throughout to catch my breath and take a little break) so it typically takes me up to an hour to complete.

My plan is to not give up on this, but to work in my Insanity workouts during the weekend and on my days off from work (so I'll still get 12 days of Insanity in for the rest of this month). I will go back to my shorter workouts (Jillian, S90, Firm) during the week. Hopefully this is the answer to my motivation being low the past few days. Hopefully this will allow me to still see good results from workout out, without loosing my motivation to workout. So that's my plan.
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    That sounds like a great plan. Just do what you can do because motivation with INSANITY can be a problem; I totally understand.
    2296 days ago
    It's great when we remember it is not all or nothing. You get major props for customizing a program to meet the demands of your life!
    2299 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    Sounds like a great plan! Congrats on identifying the problem and working out a solution, way to go :-)
    Hope you like your new routine :-)
    2299 days ago
    You are to be commended for reconizing what was going on with and taking action. It sounds like you have come up with a good plan.
    2299 days ago
    emoticon It's so much better to be flexible and change your plan, than to lose motivation and give up altogether.
    2299 days ago
    Very insightful that you figured this out so quickly and put a new plan in place. On my very long days I have the same problem - getting in my workout. I'm going to strive this winter to walk on my breaks at work no matter the weather much more than I did in the past. There are days it isn't safe - when there is ice on the ground everywhere but otherwise, my two 15 min breaks can add 30 minutes of fitness to my day and keep me motivated.

    Love your plan! Keep us posted on how it goes.
    2300 days ago
    Way to work out the details! Sounds like a good plan and one that won't defeat you! emoticon
    2300 days ago
    That sounds very doable!
    2300 days ago
    Sounds like you've got a good plan! Kudos to you for catching yourself and taking control before you lost your motivation. That's awesome! It's all about finding the right balance for you.
    2300 days ago
    I think your new plan sounds great. My fiance is also having a lot of trouble fitting in the workouts since he works late and often doesn't have much energy when he gets home. I'm luckily able to do them because I work from home and have extra time because I don't drive to work. I think you just have to find a plan that works for you and stay consistent!
    2300 days ago
    I agree with you -- I was having the same feelings with Insanity and got burnt out. I have been so much happier since I restarted S90 and I still plan to do some of the Insanity workouts from time to time. They are excellent workouts but take a lot of time and commitment. Sounds like you got a good plan worked out!
    2300 days ago
    Looks like a great plan. I'm sure it will work out for you; you've been doing great. emoticon
    2300 days ago
  • JS1971
    I agree with you on this. I am posting a blog in a few minutes on the same thing. Working out needs to be fun, not dreadful or we won't stick to it, and this is something we need to do for the rest of our lives, so we better find something we enjoy.
    2300 days ago
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