Friday, October 04, 2013
I have been thinking about this today. Since I reached my goal weight I have been battling a lack of motivation, or at least what I perceive as a lack of motivation. I am still getting in 2-3 hours of exercise daily, but I have been slacking some on the intensity of those workouts and the ST has been practically non existent. Perhaps it isn't a lack of motivation, but rather a matter of perceptions changing? Two and a half years ago, when I was morbidly obese and a recluse, my expectations for myself were very low. Basically, if I was breathing then I must be doing "okay". Fast forward to today, and any day with less than three hours of exercise (most of it outside) seems like a slack day. Exercise hasn't just become a habit, it has become an expectation. My dog is definitely not complaining!
So, what does motivate me now that losing weight is no longer the goal? Being healthy certainly motivates me. I am fighting off a little bit of a cold tonight for the first time in 2 years, but I know that it is temporary. Beating my goals motivates me. As does this fitness streak I am currently working on. Day 743 of 120+ minutes of exercise every single day. I had thought about taking a day off once I hit the two year mark, but so far that hasn't happened. There is just so much to do that is FUN!! There is a major motivation for me... have fun. Without all the weight dragging me down I am capable of getting out and doing so many fun things. If it wasn't fun then I probably wouldn't be doing it. (Though if you asked me if I was having fun when I am kayaking against a stiff headwind for hours I might not decide it was very much fun at the time, but when it is over I enjoy the sense of accomplishment so maybe that is where the fun comes in.)
So, I guess my big motivation now is being capable of doing the fun stuff. In order to keep doing the fun stuff I need to keep my weight under control and my fitness level toned up. Whether it is walking the dog, kayaking, snowshoeing, running, or anything else that strikes my fancy I need to stay fit and healthy to enjoy it. So far it is enjoyable. (Ask me again in January when it is cold and icy.)