HI! I’ve been gone for quite some time– I’ve been so busy with the usual, you know, LIFE? And have unfortunately placed this blog on the back burner for far too long. Also, I couldn’t decide on what to write about. What ELSE can I say about my fitness journey? I feel as if I’ve said it all but this is far from the truth. Upon asking my close friends on a topic for this post (a return from my blogging hiatus) I keep getting asked the SAME darn question: HOW DO YOU STAY SO MOTIVATED? And although I’ve addressed this before (scroll down a few posts), I thought I’d address it again in a different way.
When you embark on a fitness journey, trying to constantly push and discover your own physical limitations you begin to realize that it’s a mental thing too! I hate to say you are your own worst enemy but it couldn’t be more right and one day you may find your motivation and desire dwindling. Believe it or not it has happened to me. But you somehow summon (at least I hope you do) the courage to push through and continue to ignite that fire that made you even think about becoming a better, MORE FIT you!
Yes it’s true that once your body becomes accustomed to working out a lot you miss it when you don’t. In fact I feel like a slob when I don’t hit the gym even for a day! Crazy, right? But I realize that I’ve been working out like I do for about 2 years already so…. this comes with time. It’s difficult for me to think back and remember when I first started working out but as everyone always says “you gotta start somewhere,” and once again, this is VERY TRUE.
Yesterday I attended a writing workshop (because I am pursuing a writing career) and the teacher replied to an inquiry about staying motivated to write with an “give yourself wimpy goals” and I believe this pertains to fitness too! Meaning, be realistic with your goals. They are immediate goals not your dreams or aspirations. Your goals should be something you should attain so if you HATE working out (and there are people who hate it) don’t give yourself the goal of going to the gym everyday. Unsurprisingly, you WON’T achieve it and you’ll feel bummed out and discouraged. Don’t do it to yourself. Instead tell yourself, “I’ll go to the gym 3 times this week” or “I’ll attend kickboxing at the local YMCA on Tuesday after work;” these things are doable and surely you can make more ambitious goals as time progresses. You better believe I wasn’t working out as intensely as I do now in the beginning. There’s no way.
I guess the point is that you work up to your ultimate goal. Baby steps. No one goes from 0 to 100 in a day or a week or even 6 months! Give yourself time, set achievable and realistic goals, and tell yourself “I can do it!”