Motivation Schmotivation

It’s no secret that my life has gotten out of control lately and sadly, my fitness routine and fitness goals have really taken a hit.

I’ll be honest, this week in general has been a struggle. I’ve been feeling tired and unmotivated. In fact, the thought of dragging myself to CrossFit has seemed about as appealing as a root canal. But I knew I had to show up, even though I didn’t want to. Here’s how I talked myself into it.

Step 1: Set Realistic Goals

I knew I wasn’t going to break any personal records this week, and that’s okay. Instead of setting myself up for failure by expecting too much, I set realistic goals. Maybe it was running 3 miles in the morning (instead of my usual 5) or lifting a slightly heavier weight. Whatever it was, I made sure it was achievable.

Step 2: Give Myself Permission to Take It Easy

There’s no shame in taking it easy when I’m not feeling my best. I gave myself permission to take breaks when I needed to and not push myself too hard. Sometimes I set my Apple Watch on walk instead of run, to take the pressure off. If I need to slow down or walk for a bit, I won’t kill my running times. After all, it’s better to show up and do something than to not show up at all.

Step 3: Find Motivation in Others

Sometimes, the motivation to keep going comes from seeing others who are working hard. And my CrossFit gym is the prefect place for that. I look around the gym and see people of all shapes and sizes, all putting in the effort to be strong and healthy. It reminds me that I’m not alone on this journey.

Step 4: Treat Myself Afterward

I know it sounds counterintuitive, but treating myself to something after a workout always motivates me to keep going. Maybe it’s a delicious smoothie or a relaxing bubble bath, sometimes both haha. Whatever it is, having something to look forward to after a tough workout helps me push through the tough moments.

Step 5: Remind Myself of Why I Started

It’s easy to lose sight of why I started working out in the first place. Reminding myself of why I started this journey helps me stay motivated to keep going. Plus, seeing the progress I’ve made so far is a great motivator. I’m not getting any younger – I can’t quit now.

Even on days when I’m not feeling my best, I will still show up and do something. It’s not always going to be easy, but it’ll always be worth it. Because every time I show up, I’m one step closer to being the best version of myself.

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