Strugglin’ to get myself up off the couch. Every day is a constant battle of wanting to exercise and having the energy or motivation to do so. It’s hard to muster up the energy at 8 p.m. When the hours have been long and the day hard, the idea of a treadmill is far from relaxing. Sweats are amazing, but doing anything other than snuggle under a blanket? No way!
I’ve tried many things unsuccessfully.
- Sweats when I walk in the door. Put on the running clothes right away and just wait for the time.
- Don’t put on sweats. Put on jeans and make myself feel productive.
- Don’t sit down. At all.
- Pick up the house immediately after Maximus goes to bed. Then, don’t sit down.
- Don’t think about the DVR or blogging or housework.
- Don’t eat anything after Maximus goes to bed.
Like I said, I’ve failed miserably more times than not. I can’t seem to find something that works. I can’t figure out when or how to start an exercise routine. One week I decided that each Monday I would run on the treadmill. That worked for two weeks. Then I was going to try to do other exercises different days of the week. That never lasted more than a couple of tries.
So far this week I’ve run twice. I’ve gotten up in the morning and decided that I will find the time to run after Maximus goes to bed. I will push myself to run through the aches and pains and concentrate on my breathing. I won’t sit down and watch tv until after I’ve had a workout. It’s actually working! For me, running is a mental battle. It’s a mental battle to get my shoes on and it’s a mental battle each step I run. I like to give myself an easy out once it starts getting difficult. The only thing that got me through the last three minutes of my run tonight was a mantra. I have a love-hate relationship with running. Love-Hate. Love-Hate. Love. Hate. It sounds funny, but it worked. It didn’t work because of the words. It worked because I was occupying my brain so I couldn’t convince myself that I couldn’t do it anymore.
How do you motivate yourself to exercise and stay healthy?