It’s hard watching people walk in and out of the gym everyday as I sit in the lounge at my apartment building.
As I patiently await this chest congestion and a silly case of the “sniffles” to magically disappear out of the blue, it seems like it will be eternity before I get back in there. Obviously, it won’t be 2 weeks before I get back in there, but I figure that if I can’t breathe properly just sitting, it’s probably not wise to do a lot of moving around quite yet.
What is your description of a “motivated person”? Most of you will probably point out that they are “enthusiastic and dedicated” to working out every. single. day. If they don’t, then obviously they are not very motivational human beings.
The problem with thinking this, is that you don’t leave any room for errors, laziness, or rest. It’s basically impossible to ALWAYS be and feel motivated every single minute of our lives.
If you think like this everyday, you’ll end up tearing yourself to pieces. If you don’t feel like working out, you’ll most likely end up in a guilty trap.
Feeling guilty is never a good option, because you end up destroying all of your motivation, and the negativity freely flows right back into your train of thoughts.
So thinking of a motivational person as always “flying high” and the “happiest” of all people, is certainly almost an impossible definition.
On the other hand, you can look at motivation like this:
Some days you will feel “under the weather” or just well, “like pooh”. The goal is to be motivated more days than not. Fair enough?
Then, if you take a look at your level of motivation (and how often you work out), it will be pretty high in account. Besides that, you might even actually get a SMILE out of your workouts and not end up beating yourself up on the days you don’t get your groove on.
So, in other words, the question is: if you allow yourself to feel unmotivated and embrace the inner sloth every now and then, how do you handle the dips in motivation without completely going off the rails?
Well, lads and gents let me introduce you to: FAKING IT! :p Sounds lame, but hey, it works!
FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT BABY! right? :p
Get your tush in gear and chant, yell, sing, or whatever floats your boat, “I can do this”, “I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, THIS!”, “That’s not sweat, that’s my fat cells crying!”, “I feel better today than that one other day I had the flu…:p” “I’ll never regret going to the gym, but I’ll always regret NOT going!”….you get the idea.
The point is getting yourself motivated enough to get yourself to- and into the gym without falling into the negative mindset first. It’s far too easy to say, “I haven’t felt good enough to even think about the gym in days, let alone get there. Obviously, I have a problem with being unmotivated.”
When you start thinking like that, you NEVER allow yourself the chance to bring out the motivation from within.
It’s resident appreciation week at my apartment building this week. Que the personal trainer being available today from yesterdays post . (You didn’t think my apartment managers were THAT awesome, did ya? ;))
Today they supplied everyone with a free “healthy lunch pack”. Well, by the time I picked one up for myself this was all that they had available left:
I was surprised to see the candy bars in my bag, and even more surprised when they offered me to take advantage of another handful of candy due to the lack of to apples, bottled water, and hot cocoa in my bag. I declined. The candy bars in my bag already were more than enough to make my sweet tooth happy for the day. :p
So I hopped over to the “DIY(Do It Yourself) Station” and made myself a cup of Chia Tea to finish off the meal.
Have a healthy day peeps!