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Motivation Monday – What is Motivation?

What is Motivation?

Me, NOT Motivated…

What is Motivation? According to

  1. The act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to act in a certain way.
  2. The state or condition of being motivated.
  3. Something that motivates; inducement; incentive.

Yes, I am having one of THOSE Mondays. I am not feeling motivated to do anything related to my fitness. I’m sure you can relate, right? But, I am trying not to be too hard on myself. I am seeing this lack of motivation for fitness as a signal that I may need a mental health day. Of course I feel guilty. Coming off a holiday weekend where I was out of town, ate too much and had horrible sleep.

You’d think I would want to hop right on the treadmill to get it all out of my system. Not really. For one thing, when I overeat on a weekend, my body feels like crap on Monday. And, with the lack of sleep, I needed a nap. Lastly, I have a ton on my mind about some family issues too. And, I left 2 coats at an office 30 minutes away that I need to go pick up. Damn! Another hour lost. I realize that I am making a TON of excuses. Have you been there? Then don’t you hate it when you hear someone say “NO EXCUSES!?” Well, I am there with you so I am allowing for excuses today. Just today though.

I think it is important to look at the emotional as well as physical reasons why I want to have an “off” day. Technically, they suck! They are not great excuses. I know I will feel better if I workout. Hmm, perhaps I am talking myself into it as I write. It is a lovely day outside? Maybe on days when you feel completely unmotivated, take some time to write down why. Then consider if those reasons are better than how you will feel if you make a change. Did I want to get in at least an hour of boot camp or running? Yes! If I even just get in 20 minutes of exercise, will I feel better? HECK YES!

I’m not 100% sure that I will get it done, but I will add to this post later to let you know. Take inventory of how you really feel. Is it worth your emotional health to take a break? I took a nap today, which cut into my hours of free time. But, that nap was totally needed! The challenge is moving past this kind of day and making sure that tomorrow is not the same. Sometimes saying “I’ll start tomorrow” is OK, but you really have to mean it. I am asking you to keep me accountable and to ask others to do the same for you. Heck, ask me and I’ll do it. Whew! I feel much better. I’m telling you, write it down the next time you are feeling this way. It really helps.

What is motivation to you? When you are not feeling motivated, how do you turn it around?


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Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

Yes! All.the.time. This is why I have straining schedule staring at me on my desk at work so that by my lunch break I've convinced myself that running is more fun than eating at my desk. Hugs!

Jodi @ A Mom Having Fun

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

Sometimes you just need a break. :) We have all been there. There's a problem when those breaks last for months with the same excuses. Hmmm, that would be me. :-( I'm glad you got that nap in!

Paula Robinson

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

UGH. I hate those days. You might be on to something with the writing down of your feelings and negotiating whether or not the one side is better. Good luck, and let us know how it goes!


Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

Sometimes I just give in and GOOF OFF! That often helps. IF I really must get things done, then I just do ONE THING. Finish it. Then I do One more thing. Fisnish it. I might not get it all done but at least I am getting something done.

Amber Edwards

Monday 1st of April 2013

Oh mondays are hard. I always struggle with motivation on mondays too. I just want another weekend day to play with the kids. I like your idea of writing down the reasons why i don't want to and see if they are really a good enough reason to take a mental health day.

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