The other day I was reading Holly's blog I Dream of Skinny and found that her post was quite fitting for my thoughts and mindset lately. Plus this particular post had me laughing as I thought of her and her fiance jumping up and down repeatedly to get their engagement shot. Holly asked "How do you hold onto your motivation?"
I think motivation is the number 1 reason why I have not succeeded in past attempts at fitness. I thought I had motivation, and I'm sure I did for short periods of time, but I never held onto my motivation long enough to make fitness a habit. Chris often tells me that once I get over that infamous hump it won't be a matter of "Oh, I need to go to the gym today", but more a statement of "I go to the gym today because that is what I do. I'm a gym goer."
For the past week I have been lacking motivation. I don't know what had me fall off the fitness bandwagon, but I think it had to do with a change of work schedule and a hatred of having to shower multiple times a day, everyday. I started getting re-motivated when Chris and I went out cycling together and it actually felt like we were biking together. I even planned and went on an 18km bike ride out to Lakefield so I met one of my goals for next summer before this year even ended. That was pretty motivating.
Then I took almost a week off the gym. I was gaining weight at my weigh-ins and that was not helping me be motivated because I had done the work and it wasn't showing on the scale. So, to get re-motivated I booked an assessment at the gym. I have found this extremely helpful. When the numbers on the scale stop moving, but I'm still putting in the work I need to assess my progress differently. Although I did not drop more in weight since my last assessment I found that I did lose inches. It seems my body has shifted. All that swimming has tightened up my back and my hips, but I've put on a little around the waist. Now I know what I need to work on so I can create a plan - new motivation!
When my motivation is lacking I also find a change in program helps. I love swimming so I will continue to swim. Swimming is becoming easy so I need to make it a challenge without making it too hard to prevent me from going. Hence today I upped my swim from 20 to 30 minutes doing a full 10 laps of legs only without stopping. After that I figured it wasn't too bad and the pool experience was nice today so I did 10 more laps. That's a grand total of 1000 metres or 1km! I didn't think that was going to be possible so soon. I'm also going to add in two gym days a week - one for arms and one for legs with some cardio on the bike. This will help me build muscle to burn fat faster and help me tighten everything up.
What else keeps me motivated? My husband's encouragement, my friends' interest in my fitness journey, new food recipes, my love of chocolate (ie I need to burn 300 calories to eat a chocolate bar), new fitness activities, my desire to blog about my experiences, seeing my weight go down or the inches come off, new wardrobes, and feeling better. I also get motivated from negatives like getting sweaty after teaching a dance class at school makes me want to get in better shape.
How do you get out of a funk when your motivation drops off?