I am losing it.
Not weight. This week, I didn’t even lose half a pound.
What I have lost…is my motivation. I knew this time would come. For the first few weeks, everything seemed so easy for me. I didn’t anticipate an end to my motivation as I traversed the aisles of the grocery store and avoided the sweets that I love, or as I diligently chugged along on my runs around the block every day after work (even when I was so tired that I just wanted to curl up on the couch with a good book and then take a nap). Things were going quite smoothly.
Then, out of nowhere, it began creeping up on me. It started with small cravings that I didn’t realize were still there—in the form of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies (and beer, and ice cream, and lying on the couch like a bum). At first, it’s easy to recognize these cravings and scoff at them, push them to the side and walk on by with your head up high. But sooner or later, they can pull ya down.
So, what I need to do is pull myself back UP and get my number DOWN again. It’s time to remind myself of what keeps me motivated.
Behold, my top five MF’s (that’s “motivational factors,” people):
1. New music! – Nothing gets me going & keeps me going longer during a workout than some good tunes. (iTunes and I have a love-hate relationship—I love the music, but hate how easily those $1.29 songs add up so dang quickly!) When I know I have a long run coming up, or I just can’t seem to get my butt out the door one day, I like to take a few minutes and get some new music on my iPod so I have incentive to get out the door running to my new songs.
2. New workout clothes – I’m a girl, I love to shop. So if I have a cute new tank & matching moisture-wicking running shorts to sport, of course I want to get out and wear them. [Side note: These pants are my latest Jockey® fave - stretchy for running around, comfy, and I love the blue & turquoise colors!]
3. New workouts – You know by now how much I like to run. But sometimes it gets old and I just don’t want to. That’s when I go whiz around on my bike, or roll out the yoga mat and do some Pilates. Changing up my workout routine gives me a chance to rest my mind and body, while working out other muscles that might not normally feel the burn.
4. New recipes – Sometimes I get stuck in a rut with healthy foods. Eating the same Lean Cuisines for lunch & turkey sandwiches for dinner gets old. When I get bored with my fridge fare, I like to find easy, quick & healthy new recipes to try out. What are some of your favorites?
5. Keeping track of progress – I like to keep a log of my workouts so I can look back at how hard I have been working and think, “Do I really want to take today off after I have worked so hard all those other days?” I am thinking that to myself now, as I sit sleepily at my desk and think about running two hours from now. Over the past two months, I have run a total of 1,221 minutes. What’s 30 more tonight? I can do it.
How do YOU stay motivated? I’m curious to know—maybe I can find some new inspiration. What kinds of workouts do you do to change things up? Favorite tunes? Recipes? I’d love to hear about it all!
Starting weight: 166 pounds
Last week: 158.5 pounds
This week: 158.5 pounds
Goal weight: 145 pounds
Keep on keepin’ on!