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Motivation (see: lack thereof)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Y'all, I'm having a motivation problem.

I've struggled before (read: always) and it's because I'm not a good goal-setter. I don't actually have to lose weight, so I can't set a number goal. I'd like to get into better shape, and even though I've started doing that by going to the gym (and yes, seeing some noticeable changes), it's way too easy to just let it fall away.

After all, since I don't *have* to lose any weight, it doesn't really matter if I don't go to the gym, right?

And hey, if I feel like making brownies tonight, that's not a problem because it's not putting me off from any goals. Because there are none.

I know for a fact that I feel better when I am working out regularly. I sleep better. And I feel proud of myself. But as we all know, sometimes all that knowledge and feel-goodery just isn't enough.

What I had been doing:
Gym every other day, 30 minutes on the elliptical, semi-random weight training with machines that I felt like doing that day

What I've been doing more recently (when I've done anything at all):
Gym whenever, 30 minutes on the elliptical
Body-weight training at home (squats, lunges, etc), based on Nerd Fitness workout.

Sidenote: Love NerdFitness!

One of the things that NerdFitness advocates is doing weights on your own and not machines, so you're using all your stabilizing muscles to hold yourself up and in the right position. Makes sense. And even just squats with no weights are hard!

I like that workout. You're supposed to do 3 sets of all the exercises (don't have it in front of me), but I've only ever gotten through two.

It's clear that I need some goals to get me going.

Tracking my food is super-hard for me to keep up. Small goals, right?

1) I'll track breakfast every day for a week and not worry about tracking other meals (but can if I want to)

2) I'll do three body-weight workouts in a week, doing at least two sets (more if I feel like it).

3) Go to the gym at least twice a week

Those seem manageable enough, and I can add to them during this week, or the next. One of the body-weight exercises is pushups, and I'd like to get up to toe-pushups and not knee ones. It's a few more small-goals away, though!

I know that this is the time of year that I put on weight. Me, and the rest of the country. Even tonight, we're supposed to have salad, but I'm leaning toward a curry noodle dish. Who wants cold salad on a cold night? (To be fair, we plan our meals, so if we don't have salad tonight, we'll have it before the next grocery run.)

Anyway, I feel good about my goals. In The Spark they talk about setting short-, medium-, and long-range goals. I'll work on the med. and long another time. I'm not sure that's the way this is supposed to work, but hey, I'll get there.
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    You should find something to motivate you outside of just "being fit". Maybe it's rock climbing (you need strong arms, shoulders, back and abs)? Maybe it's swing dancing (cardio! And core, if you're going West Coast)? Maybe you want to go camping next summer in the back country where you have to carry your gear? How about a kayak trip?

    Me, I'm learning to run so I can see if I like Ultimate Frisbee next year. So my reason to go "for a run" isn't because I love running (I don't), it's so I don't collapse on the field the first time I play!

    2017 days ago
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    I actually listened to a podcast the other day that talked about motivational slumps. It was a woman who had lost over 200 lbs and she said she went through them occasionally while she was losing the weight. I like the term and the advice she basically gave was to just do what you can motivate yourself to do, don't get too out of control with eating and get back on track when you're feeling better. While I'm sure that advice is easier said than done (especially the eating part around this time of year) I like that it was basically: Don't beat yourself up. Things will get easier. Good luck. I suffer from the same issue sometimes and I *do* have weight to lose so I feel your pain.
    2017 days ago
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