Have you ever wanted something sincerely, yet struggled to find the motivation to do the work? Day in and day out? That was me this month. While not every day was a struggle, there were far too many days where my motivation disappeared and abandoned me. So I’m calling an audible SOS to help me find my motivation and get back on track with my get healthy goal.
I knew my quest to get healthy wasn’t going to be a walk in the park because if it was easy, I should have achieved it a long time ago. Most days my biggest problem is still adapting to new habits, like remembering to take my vitamins, drink enough water and so forth. The motivation is there, but the new activities haven’t become habit yet.
But that wasn’t my problem this month. For a portion of it, I had the blahs. It was by no means terrible but beyond doing my work, I didn’t feel like doing much else. Swimming. Nope. Eating right. What’s that?
So in other words, I fell.
I am feeling better and less blah (it’s an official medical diagnosis in my world) but my motivation is still really low when it comes to exercising and eating right. I don’t want to revert back to old habits and throw in the towel on my get healthy as I have done so many times in the past.
I was and am sincere in my desire to get healthy. To eat right. To move my body.
And yet I’m struggling and feel like I’m going backward versus forward. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself because my depression reared it’s ugly head, which I don’t control, while also not letting myself off the hook either, which has my past tendency to do. It’s a delicate balance and one I have not perfected.
The good news is that I am feeling more like myself every day. I’m being gentle with myself, cheering excessively when I do something that supports my goals and reminding myself how nice it feels to have a little extra room in my pants. And how that little extra room came to be.
I also know there will days in the future when I just want to eat potato chips and watch TV, whether it’s just low motivation or the blahs. Because being prepared is my best defense against those days, I want to know how do you stay motivated when there is little motivation inside you. How do you push through the “I don’t wanna” feeling? Any tips, tricks or advice is appreciated.