Monday, September 26, 2011

Fitness Week: Finding Your Motivation

Whenever I tell myself that I should lose weight/workout more/workout harder/stop eating crap, I find a million reasons not to follow through 100%. I guess I just need to hit rock bottom before trying to pull myself up from the heap I have left behind.

On those days that going to the gym (or even going for a walk, putting in a workout dvd) seems like the most miserable thing in the world, here are some tricks that put me into a tailspin and find my running for my workout clothes.

1. Pinching Myself: This seems really morbid and awful but nothing gets me to the gym faster than pinching and grabbing those trouble areas. My trouble areas reside in 3 places: hips, butt and thighs. How the HECK did my ass get so big? Those are beyond love handles! I know a 1 hour workout won't get rid of them but it does feel good to know that I'm doing something to get rid of my problem areas.

2. Weighing your options: You know you should go exercise but sitting on the couch sounds like a better idea. You know by the end of the night, you will be kicking yourself for not exercising and that will probably effect the way you sleep. No one ever regretted exercising, right? It will only make you feel BETTER. Take a second to think about it and make the decision to JUST DO IT. Nike really hit the nail on the head with that phrase.

3. Buy yourself something new: New socks. New shoelaces. A new sports bra. New headphones. New music on your iPod. A new ponytail holder. Buy something new that you will use at the gym. New workout clothes always motivate me to workout. Heck, I've been known to buy songs directly from my iPhone while working out on the treadmill. You don't have to spend much!

4. Fashion Show! Nothing depresses me more than old clothes that no longer fit because my problem areas have grown (or as I like to claim, the clothes have shrunk!). If I'm having that internal battle of "should I go or should I sit on the couch", I go into my closet and grab an old shirt or pair a jean and try to squeeze them on. Tight. Unflattering. Muffin Top. Time to exercise.

5. Creating a habit: I don't like taking even one day off from the gym. It breaks my routine and makes it even more difficult to go the next time. Like I said, I actually love working out. 90% of the time, I don't need to be convinced to go to the gym. Today, I have a really sore area on my calf from softball yesterday. I told myself that I would take the day off but really, the habit is more important than the exercise so I'll go to the gym and do some weights that don't bother my injury. Just go. Even if it is for 30 minutes. Get in the habit and make it a part of your routine just like taking a shower, eating dinner or going to work is a part of your daily life.

What are you main motivators for exercising?


Samantha said...

I really agree w/buying something for working out and also creating a habit.

I am now on week 3 of C25K and every morning it is a struggle to get up but I enjoy wearing my new workout clothes/ipod armband, etc. I want to get my money's worth.

C25K is only 3 days/week but I knew if I only did the minimum I would fall out of it quickly once I remembered how nice it is to sleep in.. SO I run Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday, but on Monday & Wednesday I still walk. Friday is my only "off" day, but I have a step aerobics class on Saturday am that I HAVE to get up for (once again, I paid so I don't want to skip)... which keeps me in the habit of getting up and DOING it.

Also.. to ENSURE that I get out of bed after my alarm on the weekdays, I have gotten the dog in the habit of going on walks with me. She hears the alarm and comes flying and sits on me waiting for the magic words "Lucy.. want to go on a walk!?" and then she gets so hyped up I have no choice but to get out of bed..

So my top motivators- money, habit and the puppy :) Plus.. seeing the scale drop every week makes me want to keep on..

"V" said...

Purchased new earbuds today to get me started, but was worried about how I will motivate myself tomorrow! Thanks for the many ideas! Saw a friend tonight who has lost 65 lbs since January. Just looking at her smiling face is motivating!

The Jesse said...

Great post! I'm excited about "Fitness Week" :)

Unknown said...

You should see what actual doctors say about the benefits of meditation for weight loss. said...

I'm a big fan of the buying something new! I love to try out new running gear and it definitely encouraged me to throw myself out of bed.