How To Stay Motivated When You Feel Unmotivated

Much needed mid week motivation!

You didn’t sleep well last night, you’ve had a long boring day at work, you’re hungry, you’ve had an argument with someone, you’ve had a sluggish day, or you just damn right can’t be bothered kind of day.  These are all common thoughts and feelings that all of us have on a weekly basis.  Some lucky people can shake it off and some of us let it ruin our day.  What happens when it comes to our workout and we’ve been feeling like this? Do we thrive off these feelings or do we turn into a sloth, slip into our cosy slacks and switch on Netflix and suddenly 2 weeks have gone by – probably.

I don’t know about you, but one week I’m on fire (If I do say so myself) I’ll eat great food and I’ll be feeling so determined to put maximum effort into each workout.  Other times, I have days where I put on my gym kit and sit on my bed and literally debate whether I should give tonight a miss and catch up on my book or Game of Thrones, because YES I am behind. But then after a while, I start to feel bad that I didn’t go to that circuit class or for that run.  I feel like I’m lazy and out of routine and it also means that the next time I workout it will be harder.  Don’t get me wrong, I have days off and everyone should have other things going on in their lives other than the gym.  I workout 3-4 times a week, sometimes more, sometimes less depending on what’s going on.

What I want to know is, how can we overcome feeling of ‘EUGH, I can’t be bothered’. This does not solely apply to working out and eating healthily; it could be revision, carrying on with a hobby – anything.  Our new year’s resolutions have died, spring has arrived, summer is almost here and I can just about hear those festivals and holidays calling my name, so it’s time to write this new blog on 5 top tips to stay motivated.

Remember what the goal is and visualise it – The golden rule with anything is to always remember why you’re doing it in the first place.  So for healthy lifestyle purposes, do you want to lose some unhealthy weight? Do want to join gym classes or a sports team as a new hobby and to develop new skills? Do you want to be fitter?  Swim across the ocean? What ever your personal goal is, you must remind yourself at least weekly on what you had initially set out to do.  If you don’t have a goal, I suggest you make one now; making sure it’s realistic for you and your ability.  Write it down, set a reminder, tell your next door neighbour, keep it in your mind so you don’t forget and just remember how proud you will feel when you have achieved what you had set out to do.

Be organised and create a realistic plan- The last thing anyone needs is to be disorganised and be unprepared.  If you want to join a gym, go to the one that’s near to you and not the other side of your city. Sit down and write a food and exercise plan that includes scheduled days off.  If you need to lose 2 pounds this week in order to achieve your weight goal, you need to be preparing and eating healthy food and not grabbing last minute processed junk food on your way to work because you forgot to have breakfast again.  Plan and buy your meals for the week on a Sunday afternoon, set your alarm slightly earlier, decide what days or times of the day you can squeeze in that run or swim.  Keep your gym kit in your car, take it to work with you, arrange plans to go with someone.

Surround yourself with positivity – Read something positive and happy first thing in the morning and whenever you can throughout the day.  Reading something pleasant will put you in a good mood and will change how you’re currently thinking and your attitude towards everything.  Get rid of negativity that surrounds you, if you’re unhappy about something, can you do anything to change it? If you’re surrounded by negative people, can you hang out with a happier person? Buy a health magazine, follow some influential people online, think about what you have achieved so far.

Ability is what you’re capable of doing, motivation determines what you do, attitude determines how well you do it

You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great

A year from now, you’ll wish that you started today

Do one thing today to make you feel proud of yourself

Avoid distractions – So you’ve logged on to Facebook to see a video you were tagged in, but before you know it, you’ve ended up on your other half’s ex’s counsin’s best friend’s Ibiza album from 2014 and suddenly you’ve wasted another hour of your life. In all seriousness, if you find TV, films, social media, reading, your musical instrument or anything else majorly distracting, tell yourself you’ll do that AFTER your workout or meal.  Your distraction will always be there; don’t let it be the only thing you do in life.  So go downstairs and do that 45 minute workout video and then go back to what you were doing (hopefully after you’ve showered).

Plan your treat – As I have always said, I would never condone cutting out foods all together and of course I don’t exercise every single day.  There are times where I tell myself, NO I will not eat any junk or processed food this week, but I bet I’ll  have a particular day in mind where I will treat myself to some goodies!  Think of professional athletes, they have 1 cheat day or 1 cheat meal a week, or else where is the fun?  When you’re making your meal plans and deciding which days you’re going to be exercising, remember to plan a night out with friends or a delicious 3 course dinner.

What are you waiting for?

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© 2016 Naomi Laws. All rights reserved.

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