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No motivation to lift weights

Monday, April 29, 2013

As I am going through : mood up then down
Working on my therapy and trying to get in touch with emotions so that it does not affect my relationship with food. It is truly affecting my ability to motivate myself to do anything really
Unfortunately this week and last that includes: to exercise- lifting weights and the gym

I know it is important but my troubles are making me feel weak and sluggish

Suprisingly, I have not had a rest day last week but I did more Bikram yoga than cardio or weights. But, I cannot seem to motivate myself to step into the gym and this worries me

At the same time I cannot read my body at the moment because of my mood affecting: appetite, motivation etc...

I do not want to blow it out of proportion, may be it is a normal reaction.
I just never want to become a couch potatoe again. It reminds me of dark overweight times

This is my confession
I hope and pray no one else is going through the same thing

Love always
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    I am so sorry to hear you are struggling. Just keep working on making healthy choices as consistently as possible. No matter how small the success, it is still a success!

    1572 days ago
    I think it's great you're caring for yourself so well. You HAVE maintained a fitness routine with the yoga, albeit a different one than you'd been doing.
    What you're doing in therapy is important work and very taxing. I really admire that you've kept up with your fitness as well.
    The gym will come with time. Maybe try working out at home for right now if that's all you can manage. You are doing the right things to take good care of yourself, body and mind!
    1575 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    Not having a desire and not having motivation are not the same thing.

    Have your written down a list of reasons it would be good to do brisk exercise and do resistance moves? If not, please do that right away. Make it easy for yourself to reread the list several times a day for the next few weeks. Then reread the list until you have at least a minimum exercise program in place.

    I also suggest setting low minimums. It can be very hard to start if you believe you can't give yourself credit unless you workout hard for 45 minutes.

    When I've been out of it, I start with giving myself credit for 4 minutes of bodyweight exercises for resistance (dont' have to go to the gym) and 10 minutes of brisk walking or the equivalent. When I start doing that consistently, I find I want to do more.

    Don't wait to feel like it. Just get down and do a plank for 30 seconds or 12 squats or something!

    And read that list. It was crucial for me when I changed my eating habits three years ago.
    1576 days ago
    When I started SP it was basically to lose weight but my journey has expanded so much. A healthy lifestyle means more than weight loss, it's about the total package. You've worked hard to reach your fitness level. Don't let going/or not going to the gym define your accomplishments. Find activities that don't require the gym and there are a lot and add music to the mix. I find that music really touches my soul and can help when I need to big deep for motivation. You can reach and maintain weight loss goals without ever going to the gym. And give some thought to the fact that you haven't lost motivation. Your focus has simply changed and the two can coexist! emoticon emoticon
    1576 days ago
    Dear Christina SP

    Thank you for your encouragement. It has been quite challenging these past few days. My thoughts and worries got the best of me at times. The truth is I am constantly worried about how much I am eating etc.. Too much ? too little? I know this is the tip of the iceberg and that I need to address this in therapy. So as I worry about that I end up not stepping into the gym even though it will surely do me some good. Anyways you are right I am not giving up the overall goal is to be OK with ME. SO tonight even if I feel like curling up in a ball under the covers I will make sure to make it to therapy. Gosh it will be a heavy one this time.

    I hope you are well Christina and a million thanks for your support.
    1576 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/29/2013 11:08:35 AM
    When you say 'confession' it's as if you're talking about a crime. But you are not an offender, you are dealing with down moods. And it sounds like you are still doing very well with the Bikram. maybe you can start by taking some extra walks. Walking often helps to improve the mood.
    Getting in touch with your emotions can be a very 'heavy work'. So it's no wonder you feel heavy and like 'dragging yourself around'. It is very important work though. So your relationship with food won't be affected, as you said. BUT even more important: so your relationship with YOURSELF will be better and life overall will be easier and more light for you!
    1576 days ago
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