In Need of Motivation

Two weeks ago, my husband and I went to the gym. It was momentous because we hadn’t been since early March, before my surgery. See my post about recuperating here. It felt really good to go, even though I’m definitely out of shape. I rode the bike for about 25 minutes, did stretching and abdomen exercises, and that was it. I was tired and energized at the same time.

I told Alex, “I’m so glad we went. We’re back at it, yay for us!”

We haven’t been back since. Uh oh.

I walk every day, so it’s not like I’m not doing any exercise. It just isn’t enough, I know that. Here’s one excuse: our dog is getting older and can’t walk nearly what he did before. So I take him around the block, which is plenty for him. Not for me. I often tell myself I’ll go home and ride the stationary bike. But I get busy with other things and don’t do it. No excuses, the bike is in our house, right downstairs!

I don’t need to lose weight (well, it’d be nice to lose five pounds). But I do need to tone my muscles and more important than that, I want to feel better and stronger. When I work out, I tend to eat healthier. Exercise is good for my mental health, not just my physical health.

Okay, so I know what I need to do. Get off my computer chair and get on the bike. Or take a longer walk. Or go to the gym.

Every day I have good intentions of doing those things, but the day slips by and before I know it, I’m making dinner. By then I have zero desire to exercise. Last night we were eating fajitas and I was complaining about not going to the gym. Alex said, “Let’s go after dinner.” What? No! That was the last thing I wanted to do.

I need to get out of this rut. Which makes me wonder how I can get motivated. I wonder what motivates other people.

I always think of the Nike ad, “Just Do It.” That’s exactly the advice I need to follow. I’m starting to talk myself into it.

Maybe this afternoon…

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50 thoughts on “In Need of Motivation

  1. Definetly been in the same boat. I go in and out of motivation. I never like doing it after dinner or past 6 either- but I’ve come to learn that if i miss a day or eat an unhealthy meal, that i don’t stop. i keep going and it works out okay cause then i get back on a healthy track

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    • That’s exactly what I need to do. Getting into the habit of working out makes it easier. I got out of the habit after my surgery. I like what you say, about missing a day or eating an unhealthy meal, that you don’t stop. Because it’s easy to say, oh, it’s fine, I ate bad anyway today. So thank you very much for the motivation!! πŸ™‚

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  2. It is incredibly hard to get motivated. I told myself after my surgery I would start walking again and eat healthier….it didn’t last very long unfortunately. I blamed getting busy once I felt better but I think I really just wanted to do other stuff instead. Maybe we need a blogger motivation group lol.

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    • Haha, that might be a good idea! I’m the same way… I put other things ahead of going to the gym. I can always think of other things I need to do πŸ™‚ but I’m going to put exercise higher on my priority list!

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    • That’s what has helped me so much too! My dog needs a walk, so at least I get that in. But now my dog is over 12 and he can’t walk as far as he used to. So it cuts down my exercise. That’s why I need to supplement it, but hard to make the time. My husband keeps joking about getting a puppy! More exercise for sure! πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Kat! I did some yard work this weekend and it felt like a work out! I used muscles I haven’t in a long time. I agree, it’s not the same as a good workout, but it’s moving and burning calories 😊 hope you are well and have a great week ahead!🌷

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  3. I’ve definitely been there before. Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated because you simply just don’t feel like it, lol. Sometimes I try to listen to some short motivational videos on YouTube in order to get me pumped to do things. However, this can be dangerous because I can easily end up wandering from video to video for the next couple of hours, lol.

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    • Thanks for your comment, it made me laugh. Glad you can relate. I like the idea about listening to motivational videos, but I’d probably lose track of time too. And if I did that, I’d figure I didn’t have time to work out anymore. Well, at least I’d be motivated for the next day, lol πŸ™‚

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  4. It is an ongoing battle – to GET motivated and to STAY motivated. I exercise pretty consistently but every so often I do take a week off because I just canNOT face another run….And I’ve been doing this for a few years and it’s not gotten any easier to JUST DO IT. I feel ya!

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  5. Great friend of mine that first got me seriously into working out let me know you just have to make time. Set aside time you know will be dedicated to the gym, wake up before you busy day normally starts – a good morning gym session will have you running head first into your day with tons of energy.

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    • Thank you for that, great advice from your friend. I need to make exercise a priority, and get into the habit of doing it every day. I’m working on itπŸ™‚and I love how good it makes me feel that whole day!

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  6. I try to set a goal, one that’s tangible for me. I set goal times for any races I sign up for, or even just signing up for a race. It gives me something to look forward too. There’s tons of fun bike races you can train for that aren’t for crazy in shape Olympians…they’re just something to motivate you. Idk, it always works for me!

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  7. I find if I just don’t think about whether I want to go or not, and just hop in the car and drive there I end up going much more. Plus it’s easier when you find a type of workout you enjoy. I love bodyweight/HIIT/calisthenics type workouts. And now I’m actually excited to go to the gym- but trust me I wasn’t like this before! It used to be a chore!
    But I never want to go after dinner either. As soon as it’s dark I’m like nooooooope!!!!

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    • Oh, I’m the same way! Too hard to get out of the cozy house when it’s dark. But I’m also not an early morning person. Mid morning is best for me. I like your idea of just hopping in the car and go. It’d be best for me to just GO, and not overthink it! Thanks for your inspiration πŸ™‚

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