When you’re lacking motivation.
This is a different kind of post, because I don’t have any revelations or answers to share, just questions and struggles.
When I started out this journey, 3 months ago, I was very motivated. I was excited and committed, and working out nearly every day, an average of 6 days a week.
But now, the honeymoon is over. The excitement is gone. And I’m trying to figure out how these healthy habits are going to fare in the face of real life, minus the excited boost of new victories. It’s not going so well. I’m hanging on, but barely. There aren’t any victories lately, just a maintaining. Better than gaining, but I don’t want to settle for that. I have a long way to go and I don’t want to give up now when I’ve come so far.
Figuring out what is slowing me down
1. We went on an 8 day trip to my in-laws, and despite my good intentions, our routines were slightly messed up while we were there, and we had to eat out and/or eat unhealthy things when there were no other options.
2. Our AC went out twice during the 2 weeks since we’ve been back home.
3. We’re moving in about a month, so we’ve been packing up boxes for our big moving sale this weekend, and other things to prepare for our move next month.
4. I’ve lost my exercise routine. I have had several different routines going over the past few months, but mostly it was just cardio and Jillian is mostly strength/resistance (even the cardio has strength/resistance). It’s hard and I literally dread it so I think I’m at the point of subconsciously putting it off because I hate it so much. Just being real. So, I may go back to my old routine of walking/running, but I don’t like to do that by myself and my old workout partner doesn’t workout anymore. So, I’m not sure yet how to solve this problem, but I know I need to do something…maybe just buck up.
At any rate, I’m also trying to focus on the positives:
- I have lost 23 pounds.
- At 178.8 pounds, I have now surpassed the weight I reached the last time I “dieted” in Sept. 2011, which only reached 180.4.
- I have lost 2 inches in my waist. Although I have MANY more inches to lose, at least I can see progress.
- I have lost a pant size.
- I feel better. I can breathe easier and do more things before getting tired and out of breath.
What do you do to revive your failing motivation??? It doesn’t have to be weightloss related, but I’m really anxious to hear your tips and ideas.