I spent some time last week motivating my friend to return to the gym and her workout routine.
When she made the following statement, I had to laugh out loud…
“I am not like you. You like to run and it’s always great. You enjoy getting up early every day to exercise.”
In some ways, I think that my workout recaps which I post every week can be misleading.
With just a quick glance, all that running and Pure Barre, which happens so consistently for me, makes it seem like getting up to exercise is always sunshine and unicorns.
Even people like me want to sleep in sometimes.
Even people like me lose their motivation, get cranky and have less than terrific workouts.
That doesn’t mean that I give up on my routine though.
As a runner, I believe the following:
No one can run for me. If I want to exercise, I have to make it happen for myself.
Running is not always easy. Even the easy runs require me to show up.
Some days I can feel great, get outside to run and feel awful. Some days I can feel awful, get outside to run and feel great.
Not every run or workout will be amazing but the feeling when I finish is always better than when I start.
Running is a priority for me and it’s important to have my own priorities.
I don’t run to burn calories and I don’t care that much about races but I do run to stay healthy, balanced and in shape.
The winter months can be terrible.
I whimper my way in the dark and cold weather to the treadmill in the gym because I can’t always run outside.
It’s not always fun and most of the time I am just waiting to be done. I don’t quit though because mentally I know it’s good for me to keep going.
Lately I struggle to get moving in the morning. I want to sleep later and I don’t want to take off my pajamas because doing so means the day needs to begin.
Somehow, I still make it all work.
Maybe I run a little bit less or maybe I adjust my schedule so that the workout meets how I am feeling.
I know deep down that even if I am struggling to run this week, next week will be a better week.
I ran outside yesterday morning in my new pair of Boosts!
It’s all about mindset and working with your mindset.
Some days are better than others but overall, you just have to want it.
You have to want to feel good about yourself and understand what it takes to make those feel good moments happen.
You have to want to make a change and you have to want to push yourself even when you would rather sit on the couch.
It takes time to find that type of mindset and routine. It takes time to develop the habit to the point where you feel lost without it.
There’s no quick fix.
There’s no miracle workout plan or diet regime that’s going to magically make you a fast runner or have you dropping the pounds you want to drop without putting in the work.
You can’t expect it to happen in one day or one week but over time, it will happen if you make running and your workout routine a priority.
My friend rejoined the gym and I am really proud of her. She has three kids, one is only seven months old. I put her on a three-day a week routine (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and so far, so good.
Even if she is tired, even if she feels unmotivated, I told her to go anyway for 30 minutes because that’s what it takes to develop a routine.
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Who else out there wants to sleep in more often than usual?!
Do you have friends who think it’s super easy for you to run every day?
What keeps you motivated?