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?