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Seeking Healthy Motivation Mojo

I lost it. I lost my motivation mojo. You would think my workout routine would be basically habit by now, but no. I slowly back pedaled.

I could blame the kids.

I could blame stress.

I could blame Brian for “letting” me skip.

I could blame being sick (but only for this past week).

I could blame my doctor for giving me three weeks to eat whatever I want.

But all I have to blame is myself. Though the doctor’s orders sorta let me give myself permission to get lax. But I was looking for excuses because it is hard. It is hard work…. And I seem afraid to truly commit to a lifestyle change. I thought I’d gotten past that but clearly I have not.

Last week I didn’t even post an update because I didn’t want to tell you that once again I only did 1 or 2 workouts. And again say I’d do better “next” week.

Apologies are not encouraging, motivating or inspirational. And it’s not good modeling behavior for my kids. It’s not.

So what’s my problem? I don’t really know. I mean aside from needing to indulge less it is not a bad plan overall. Am I scared? Lazy? Incapable?

Maybe to the first two – no to the last.

Have any of you faced this? The struggle to truly commit after a few weeks to a month of trying to be more healthy?

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  1. Tahlia B. February 18, 2013 Reply

    I’m not going to lie, I’m the last person to motivate someone else to eat better and exercise since I am horrible at it myself. I say do the ol’ pros and cons list if you haven’t already and keep it visible. Pick the most important goal and put it up on the bathroom mirror – or wherever you spend the most time.

    You already know you are the only one that can do anything about it, give yourself more credit. :)
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  2. Emily February 18, 2013 Reply

    Have you tried giving yourself small “rewards” for reaching certain milestones? Workout 5 times this week, I get a manicure. Workout 5 times for 2 weeks, I get a pedicure. I find that I’m more motivated when there is something tangible to go after. Yes, I know that losing weight and being healthier is something to go after, but a little reward can be great incentive.
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  3. laura February 18, 2013 Reply

    Some weeks it’s a struggle every day! Some mornings I’m talking myself out of exercise and eating right from the moment I get up. I force myself to exercise. On those hard hard days I pick whatever is shortest or most fun. For me Zumba is 20 minutes and I get an “exercise high” for hours after..way better than coffee.
    I tried adding the WalkatHome videos (free on her site) to change things up.
    Luckily I have an exercise bike so if I want to watch Walking Dead I”ll have to bike!DealinandDishin

  4. Maria February 18, 2013 Reply

    It’s true, rewarding yourself can definitely help motivation. It does sound like you WANT to do this, you just don’t know how to get back on the ball. Is there a group work out, maybe with friends or family you can do? Sometimes, us doing it by ourselves is a mojo killer all on its own. There are great online communities that can help you too!
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