When Motivation is Lacking
Updated: Dec 22, 2018
Don't Wish for it Work for it. I see it every.single.day. My awesome husband put together a gym space for me in my basement because I was complaining to him about how my schedule was so crazy that there wasn't enough time in the day to make it to the gym.... but let's back up the train here for a second. In 2016, I competed my first ever NPC bikini competition and did a 24 week prep. I took a short off season and went back into prep in 2017 and did an 18 week prep- so I'm not "new" to the whole "you've got to make time for the gym if it's a priority," thing. There were 5am workouts, long training days and even multiple workouts a day as I got closer to show day. 2018 has been different...for various reason I didn't compete- one big part was that I really wanted to put on a lot of muscle which means taking the year off- and I was fine with that....but I can't seem to get it together people!
This year it has been extremely hard to keep a consistent training schedule like I used to have, hey...It's life right? So, I made some adjustments; started working out at home, doing 5am workouts so that they are done and finished and also training very differently. I went from straight bodybuilding style lift sessions to incorporating more HIIT and EMOM workouts. For the season of life I'm in they are great, but I do miss my old routine. here's my point.
Today was the first day in two weeks I could of made it to the gym and decided not to. I thought it would be easier going down to the basement and knocking it out, but wow today was hard. I was into my workout for about 20 minutes and wanted to quit. My motivation? Gone. My desire to "burn off" my thoughts? Disappeared. I only made it about 30 minutes in and just stopped!
So what's the point of all this? I want to say that in the three short years of me training, I've had plenty of days where my motivation was just lacking and non-existent. Is one day going to ruin everything? Nope. But you better believe that if you're thoughts don't change, your motivation will never either. I know we all have days like this but at the same time it's important to accept and recognize what we feel and why so that we can try to correct it moving forward, and I think that can be said for a lot of situations in our lives. So here's to not just wishing for it, but working for it :).
This was a EMOM (every minute on the minute) style workout. I've shown just two examples below- and don't make fun of me with the black socks and the white shoes LOL!
1. Reverse lunges to upright row with weights (12 reps on each leg)
2. Plank Mountain climbers to jump squats (I hate these but they are good!) :: 12
3. 20 weighted sit-ups
4. 15 shoulder presses
5. 25 hyper leg extensions (glue focused)
Repeat 6 times.