Move Monday: 10 Tips for More Motivation

One thing I forgot to mention yesterday was that it was my brother and sister-in-law’s first wedding anniversary! It’s crazy to think that a year ago we were celebrating in Vegas…

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AJ&C3

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And this year I spent the day wishing I could celebrate in Vegas. Ha ha. (OK, maybe I’m NOT quite ready to go back to Vegas yet, but I do wish I was celebrating!).

Back to reality…

Actually, the reality is that I’ve really lost a lot of mojo in the past 2 weeks to work out. I knew this was going to happen and I’m not beating myself up (too much) for not making it to the gym as often or not giving it my all, but I KNOW that even just making the effort and pushing through makes me feel so much better – mentally and physically.

So what’s a girl entering her 9th month of pregnancy to do? Throw in the towel? Give up? Heck no! That would mean at least 3 months off of working out. I’d probably stop for a week and then go insane. No, despite the general malaise I feel towards working out right now, I know I need to keep going. In addition to these motivational strategies I posted just a few months ago, here are ten more tips for getting your sweat on.

1. Reset goals.

If you’re feeling burned out or overwhelmed with a workout – do something about it!! I have been aiming for 4-5 workouts a week for the past 9 months and I’m now at the point where my body is saying NO. So my new goal is 2-3 times a week. If my alarm goes off at 4:45 and I’m JUST NOT FEELING IT, I’m not going to give myself grief. However, if it’s just because I’m being lazy – that’s a different story.

2. Create a new playlist.

I don’t know WHY, but the thought of new music always gets me excited to work out. Here’s what I’ve added recently. Yes, it’s all over the place, but I am ready to put it into effect tomorrow morning.

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3. Buy new clothes and shoes (or in my case, just think about buying new clothes).

I am literally drooling about the thought of buying new workout clothes and running shoes.

I’m already planning this purchase once I start running again…

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And I’ve been researching the crap out of new shoes. I might try the Brooks PureFlow — but does anyone know if Mizuno has a similar shoe? I love the Wave Riders, but they are just too damn heavy. I’m also contemplating trying out theses Saucony Triumphs.

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Aren’t these pretty? And you know it’s all about the pretty (not really).

4. Get everything ready the night before or put your clothes on IMMEDIATELY.

If I don’t everything set out the night before, there’s no way in hell I’m getting up. That’s a given. Some people sleep in their workout clothes, but that’s not happening here.

Another trick – instead of changing AT the gym after work – I change before. Or, if I’m doing a workout at home I change into my workout clothes immediately– once I get home and before I start making dinner. For some reason, if I have the clothes on – I’m gonna do the workout. I don’t know why it works, but it does.

5. Squeeze in a workout while watching TV.

In the case that I skip the morning workout and I try to make up a million and ten excuses on why I “can do it later.” I remind myself that I can still watch TV and workout at the same time. I’d say you could do your workouts during commercial breaks – but who REALLY watched live TV anymore?

Speaking of commercials (and totally unrelated any of this! ha) — those AT&T kid commercials are at the top of my list right now. Maybe it’s because I have a kid that age – but I assure you those are not scripted responses. I think the Nicky Flash one is my favorite…

http://youtu.be/CaQ5AZgwEfE

6. Join a challenge or a group for inspiration.

You don’t HAVE to join something like Best Body Bootcamp to join in a group or find supporters (though I highly encourage it!). No, there are TONS of fitness challenges going on. Just do a Google search. For example, my fellow runner/Orlando blogger- Carissa just started a challenge today.

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7. Browse Pinterest for workouts and motivation.

I love Pinterest for this reason. It motivates me to get out of my comfort zone and try new workouts (and discover new blogs!).

 WorkoutsFromBloggers

The best part is that it’s free!

8. Set yours sights on a reward.

New shoes? New clothes? New music? Food?

Figure out what extrinsically motivates you and tell yourself you can have it – as long as you meet your goals.

I’m in a weird position right now where most of the stuff that would typically motivate me is silly to buy right now. The end game for me is having this baby – I’m hoping that continuing walking, spinning, and strength training will actually HELP put me into labor in a few weeks. If not, I KNOW if will help me during labor and postpartum. So I’m focusing on that. A baby seems like a pretty good reward!

9. Aim to make it a habit.

They say (whoever “they” is) is takes between 21 and 60 days to form a habit. I think this mostly depends on what kind of person you are, how well you intrinsically motivate yourself, and how “addictive” your personality is. Regardless of how LONG it takes, in order for you to really see the results you want – you need to make it a habit. You can’t sabotage yourself if you want to see results or meet a goal. You need to set realistic goals and you need to follow through. Making it a habit doesn’t mean you still don’t have to motivate yourself, because you do. It just means it’s a little bit easier and you don’t have to think about it twice.

 

And finally…

10. Never stop setting goals.

 

I know there are other ways that you can motivate yourself through a rough spot, but I’m blanking. Anyone have any tips to share? What motivates YOU?

Comments

  1. says

    Totally agree with prepping the night before! It also helps when you have to get ready in a dark bedroom ’cause the hubby isn’t up for another couple of hours :)

    I also tell myself the “5-minute Rule”, where after five minutes of working out if I’m still not feeling it I quit. 99% of the time once I’m already at the gym or on the trail I just keep going.

    • says

      Yes – I stumble into our bathroom and get ready there – but it would be even MORE of a challenge if I had to get ready in the dark!!

      And good point on the 5-minute rule. It totally works!!

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