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Motivation: Part II

Thursday, August 25, 2005 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

August
25
2005

Yesterday I started talking about motivation, but I ran out of time and had to go do my cardio. While updating this web site is an important part of my life, I won’t allow myself to miss workouts. How do I stay that motivated? Actually, on most days, I want to work out. Sure, there are days I don’t feel like hitting the gym, but those days are really not that tough to deal with. You’ve got to stop listening to the little voice in your head that’s trying rationalize all the reasons why you should go ahead and miss “just this one” workout. Shut those voices down as soon as you hear them, lace up your shoes and GO DO IT. I find that the feeling of satisfaction I get from working out on days I don’t really feel like hitting the gym makes it all worth it. When I finish a workout that I felt like skipping, I know I accomplished something more than burning a few calories: I’ve also strengthened my mental discipline. Each time you push through and go a little further or do a little more it makes it that much easier next time.

A lot of people find themselves crashing on launch. They don’t give it their all, the results don’t come and then they give up. That’s why it’s so important to not do it halfway. If you are just starting out, I think it’s okay to be a little obsessive about fitness. In fact, it’s almost a requirement for most people. You’ve got to make your health and fitness plan a priority in your life: Wake up thinking about your workouts; plan your meals; chart your progress; take pictures; talk to friends and family about what you are doing; join message boards; discuss your plans with others; get excited; get dedicated (“obsessive”)… There is NOTHING wrong with that. Of course most people can’t and don’t want to maintain that level of intensity forever, and that’s just fine. I think of those first few months as a kind of booster rocket that gets your progress off the ground – 100% effort gets real results. Once in “orbit”, the power of the initial effort is no longer required. Sorry about the spaceship analogy, but I think it makes my point.

Wow, I see that it’s already time for my cardio. Gotta run!

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