Life, Fitness

The Mental Mind F*ck of Getting Motivated

Lately my training sessions have been less than desirable. Like downright awful. What do I do? I lay on the ground and stare at the ceiling contemplating on lifting or eating ice cream. My writing, nothing. Not that I don’t have great ideas. But getting them onto the screen has been impossible lately. I’ve gone through about five packs of post it notes at home of all of the ideas for articles and tshirts that I have. 

I’ve been using the excuse of being busy a little too much. I mean, I have been busy. Work is keeping me busy, my daughter is keeping me busy, and Netflix is just so comforting! I want to be successful in my training, in my business, in life. But I can’t do that binge watching episodes of Arrow or the Flash or Buffy.

I’ve also been going through injury after injury. And that hasn’t been helping much with my motivation. Let’s be honest. Injury puts a damper on any kind of motivation. Not to mention a bout of the stomach flu just totally killed whatever momentum I had.

Finding motivation is hard. Certain things trigger you to get off your ass and do something. Go to the gym, go to work, get a better job, even going back to school. It could be the way someone says something to you. Getting a paycheck to pay the bills and be able to eat.

Keeping motivation is even harder. You get on a good roll and you are ridiculously consistent. Then all of the sudden Bam! Life punches you in the face and breaks your nose in several different places. There’s either a good solid flow or not. Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you it’s a struggle. It takes work to make it work. But it’s always a struggle.

Recently, I discovered a couple ways to get me back into the gym and training somewhat consistently. Even if it’s just three days a week for an hour each, it’s better than just laying around the house. I discovered a handy little way to focus on my training and not be lazy. My site has also been tossed on the back burner while I worked on other endeavors. Even with keeping a schedule it’s been hard to get any kind of writing in. In other words, I lost motivation. It seems to be the theme for 2016 to be honest. I gain great momentum then burn out, usually with an injury or mentally.

So here are my tips and tricks to get your ass moving and out of whatever mental mind-fuck you’re currently in:

If you’re struggling with going to the gym or finishing a workout:

           Check out this app called Volt. It’s $26 or $29 a month. But the first thirty days are free. You start the workout, and each time you complete a set you check it off. Then at the end it tells you how much you lifted and how well you did. This got me back into training consistently. Used it for a week and I’m already back to five days in the gym.

           Like I said, the first thirty days are free. After that, you should be good to go and consistent with your training at this point in time. Following a training program like my Level One eTrainer is good too.
Side note: I’m actually working on developing an app which you can use with my eTrainers.

If you’re struggling with getting up early in the morning:

           Let’s face it. We all love sleeping in. I love sleeping in. It’s the only time I don’t have a million things to do right away or have an eight year old asking me why the sun is up. Getting up early the last few months has been a struggle. And when I get up, I go on my phone and then I’m rushing to get dressed because I’m late taking my daughter to school and/or going to work.

           Most phones now a days are capable of having more than one alarm on it. This helps. But what really helps to get your ass moving. Putting the phone across the room. Like the farthest point of the room. That way you have to get up to turn it off. Or getting an alarm clock that has a similar feature and putting it over there. Here’s a little tip: the moment you shut off that alarm, start stretching or doing some sort of bodyweight movements. This will help get the blood flowing. Check out my article about becoming a morning workout person here

    Here’s what my alarm looks like, every day.

If you’re struggling with going to work:

           We’ve all been there. Dead end job. Crappy pay check. Finding the motivation for going to a job you absolutely hate is next to impossible. But I’m here to tell you it can happen! Find something you enjoy doing at work. Like a specific task. And tell your manager! For example, I hate the majority of my job. But I’m one of those weirdos that enjoys working in spreadsheets. Creating new ones, keeping the system organized. Also, I’m creative. I need to find ways to be creative at work. As a result, I get to create the new website for my company. And focusing on my site just a little bit more has been helping me not hate my job even more.

If you’re struggling with nutrition:

    Food is the hardest thing to really master. There are so many temptations. Temptations are around every single corner, especially now. You have one cheat meal and it leads to several days of cookies, cupcakes and Spanish rice (and not the healthy version). It’s so hard! But you can overcome it. Plan your food ahead of time. Cook everything and use storage containers to house the food for the week. Bring your food with you everywhere, so you’re not tempted. And when you feel like you want pizza instead of the food you made, eat the food you made. For my own menu, my biggest cheat is hot chocolate or iced coffee. Once a week my daughter and I go to Starbucks and get a hot chocolate. She gets her own and I get mine. And we sit there and have mommy-daughter time for about a half hour before she’s like “Ok, I’m bored.” That’s the one day that I allow an exception. That’s also typically my long run day. I plan my food based on my training for the week. Some days are harder than others, so I plan on eating just a bit more. The point it, plan ahead. Always.

Helpful tip: If you’re going on vacation, plan ahead. Look at local restaurants. See what they have on the menu. Plug your information into Myfitnesspal or however you track your food.

If you’re struggling with getting on the workout train:

    Find accountibilibuddies. I have twelve. Dead serious. Twelve. They’re all over the world. But if I don’t work out, I know they will kick my ass. There’s one in particular that I know she would fly out here, knock on my door, and beat me up. In other words, she terrifies me. But it gets me moving. Find your herd. They’ll help you get moving. Obviously local people are always best, but sometimes friends from other parts of the globe are a big help too. Mine definitely are.

What are ways that help you get motivated? Tips and tricks are always welcome!

Kristy Kronas is a Certified Personal Trainer in the burbs of Chicago. She is a single parent and author with a children's book being published this fall! She has a passion for lifting, boxing, kayaking, and a hatred of running. Watch out for her new venture this March when she launches a daily podcast called the 'Daily Donut.' If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, shoot her an email!

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