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Volatile Motivation

Sunday, July 28, 2013

It's been a weird weekend for motivation.

Mornings have gone very well. I've been up around when the alarm would have gone off if it had been turned on. Breakfast has been luxuriously gradual, with lots of time to fit in pushups, pullups, TGU/windmill combos, KB snatches, and the exercises my physical therapist wants me to do. Doing *all* of that, with adequate rest time between sets, takes longer than I have during the work week; but it's been nice getting it all in on the weekend.

Saturday morning, before my daughter came for lunch, I walked 5.2 miles in 72 minutes. That's a normal, healthy pace for me. It's also the furthest I've walked briskly since the left foot went out on me. It seemed to be at the upper end of my capability right now, but I was capable of doing it. Got my 10K steps in before noon, and didn't feel guilty about skipping the gym and doing household chores after my daughter left.

Sunday morning looked similar, before church. After church, it was lunch and then go to the gym. I stood in the parking lot, decided I felt too full immediately after lunch to work out, and went to pick up a few groceries. The down side of eating healthy is that I need to buy *something* every couple of days.

Once I got home the motivation that was iffy in the gym parking lot evaporated. I just wanted to stay on the computer, play games, and take care of personal finances. I ultimately forced myself out the door for a walk to defend my baby streak of 10K steps per day, and had a nice walk; but it was a struggle to get started. And the nice walk wasn't at yesterday's pace, it was more like an easy 15 minutes per mile.

After the walk, I cruised the internet for a while, had dinner, and generally did little to be active. Decided to watch the DVD that came with my Bosu ball. With the workout playing, I just had to try some of those exercises; but I wasn't dressed for exercise, and didn't want to work up another sweat after my second shower of the day. So I just did the warmup and tested a few interesting looking exercises from later in the routine.

That's only one routine of 4 on the DVD, but it's a first for me. I've never watched an exercise DVD with the intent of actually doing any of the exercises before. It was a bit of a surprise that I actually tried some instead of just watching them all.

So I sit here, puzzled at my volatile motivation. Sometimes it's very poor, sometimes it's good, and it comes and goes without warning. I wondered about that for a while, and decided that I have some unresolved issues in another area of my life with the uncertainty spilling over into fitness maintenance. I'll have to try to deal with those issues.

Meanwhile, it wasn't such a terrible thing to have a mostly resting weekend. I got a good weight lifting session in on Friday evening, and I got good morning routines in on Saturday and Sunday; it won't hurt to defer the next weight lifting session till Monday . . . as long as it's Monday as in tomorrow, not some Monday in the distant future.
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    Hope your feeling better, stronger!
    1783 days ago
    Resting on Sunday and taking some time out for other activities doesn't sound so bad.
    All of it is good to renew energy.

    I have found that motivation requires energy.

    Working on other issues in one's life also takes energy.

    1784 days ago
    If only we could keep a constant, steady motivation, this all would be so much easier! Hang in with it when it hits and seek it when it's missing! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1787 days ago
    emoticon Sounds like you are doing good!! Hang in there!!

    hugs, Wendy emoticon
    1788 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/29/2013 2:14:41 PM
    you still sound pretty active to me. I wouldn't beat myself up too bad.
    Thank you for all your recent support and kind words.
    Have a terrific day.
    1788 days ago
    Sound like a good relaxing but still active weekend to me.
    It is a good thing you realized there may be an issue in another area of your life to be addressed, such weekends are the time for this if one has a busy life like you do.
    1789 days ago
    You got your steps in... you're doing great. Glad your foot didn't give you any trouble. Motivation can be closely tied to mood, and mood is driven by chemical balances in your brain. So if you're ever not in the mood to go to the gym, you can (rightly) blame it on those chemicals. Great you had a mostly resting weekend...everyone needs one of those every now and then.
    1789 days ago
    A lighter than normal day gave you a chance to rest and get ready for a new week.
    1789 days ago
    It's good to give yourself a little break. Sounds like a great weekend. You are always such an inspiration to me. Let's have a great week!!
    1789 days ago
    What she said. For a "volatile" motivation, sounds like you had a great weekend. Nurturing includes so many aspects, nutrition, rest, and having time to breathe are important too.
    1789 days ago
    You are so right in every aspect of your blog. I especially liked the reminder to weight lift tomorrow and not the next Monday. That happens all to easily! People will take three days off after a race and it turns into 3 months and then they basically have to start over.

    Good for you for going with the flow and realizing that some weekends are just like that. You will probably feel rested and hopefully get more motivation!

    1789 days ago
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