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When Motivation isn't enough

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Yesterday was a tough day for getting the 45-minute elliptical worked in. Busy with holiday preparations (cooking ironically) and business meetings I found that in spite of receiving good messages from the scale goddess, I just was not psyched to sweat.

And yet I still worked in the 45-minute session, late in the afternoon (not a normal time for me to work out). I'm looking at why I did so I can bottle it for another time (grin).

It came down to having set a goal for increasing my fitness minutes by 10 percent every month, and the fact that due to a long weekend away from home I had not formally done any cardio for three days. I didn't debate it with myself, just got on the elliptical with the attitude of, "it may not be my most intense workout but I will keep my legs moving for the next 45 minutes." I've also been trying to perform a plank four times a week.

Oddly enough, the numbers on the elliptical and the profuse perspiration indicated an intense workout with the "calories expended" number on the machine finally matching sparkpeople's fitness calculator. Further, I hit a personal best (2 minutes) on plank.

Perhaps there is something to this consistency dealio. I also had strength training scheduled but that did get pushed. "Progress not Perfection" is a great motto and clearly applicable to more than the AA community.

A friend shared it with me a few years ago when he was sharing his struggles to stay sober. One of the reasons he'd never succeeded previously in his attempts at sobriety were related to why he drank in the first place. He'd placed such an incredible amount of value on his goals that when he failed to meet one, even temporarily, he took it so personally that he drank to attempt to numb his disappointment in himself. As he learned to set more reasonable goals and to accept that failure just means you haven't succeeded yet, his desire for alcohol gradually reduced. He still faces challenges but has been sober for over four years.
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