I don’t hate it…I just don’t love it.
I can go through fazes. Occasionally I will have the urge to work out, when I do I really enjoy it and feel all proud of myself afterwards. But this doesn’t happen often enough.
Whatever exercise I am doing I usually enjoy it once I have gotten started, but there is always something which stops me starting. It’s cold, it’s raining, I don’t want to have to wash my hair again today! I just don’t understand why I always find a reason not to.
Last year, me and my friend decided we were going to get into running and would run the Birmingham Half Marathon. We did start running and I loved it for a while and seeing how much we were improving was ace. Then for whatever reason, we didn’t run for a few weeks but because we had signed up for the Half Marathon and had already raised lots of money we had to carry on. This is when the running become a chore. The enjoyment was gone and worst of all we stopped pushing ourselves and stopped improving. We did run the Half Marathon and we were happy to have raised so much for our charity and I was proud of myself for doing it…but I didn’t enjoy it and I have barely ran since.
Now I am following Slimming World you are encouraged to exercise to aid your weight loss. It can be relatively easy exercise like walking about a bit at lunch time or walking the dog (if you have one, I don’t). So I have been trying to encourage myself to exercise more but I can’t find the motivation at all. I have been doing Slimming world for 7 weeks and for most of those weeks I have done 1 bit of exercise. The most has been 3.
I have been to the gym, I have been jogging and I have completed the 30 day shred DVD at home. Again I have quite enjoyed it while I was doing it and felt great after…but the next day I still can’t be bothered to do it again.
Sometime, I imagine myself jogging along listening to my music – and looking think because its in my head – and I think it would actually feel great to go for a run now…but this is usually while I am driving to work or something and therefore can not go for that run after all. Fast Forward to the next morning and I have set my alarm extra early to run before work. It rings. I tell it to snooze. It rings again. I tell it to snooze. It rings again. My BF tells me to turn it off it’s too early. I turn it off…I don’t get up though. I don’t want to run.
So if any of you are currently exercising frequently – but it isn’t your favourite thing to do – how do you find the motivation?
**After writing the draft of this post I went along to my slimming world group and the Image Therapy was all about including some exercise in your day. We even did fun ‘armchair’ exercises together. This started to inspire me and I became determined to actually do some exercise today. I knew if I left it until after work I would be tired and probably grumpy and very unmotivated again so I set my alarm for early. The alarm rang and I did snooze. But I didn’t fall back to sleep, instead I listened to wind outside and decided that was enough reason not to go for a run…but that didn’t stop me all together! Up I got into my sports bra and ‘work out gear’, dragged myself downstairs and put 30 day shred in the DVD player. And away I went. Very happy I did it today…so how can I make myself do this more regularly?
I will try and mix up my exercise between DVD’s, running and gym as I think getting bored will just be another reason to do nothing.
I would love to know what exercise you do (if any) and how you find the motivation to keep going!