Friday, November 21, 2014

Not a Motivational Speech

Fitnasty for Life

It #fit4fifteen week two! I was supposed to be off today, sitting on the couch and binge watching intervention. Alas, i am en route to the gym and then office as I write this. So it goes. 

Can't even contain my gym excitement this morning.
This week I want to talk about motivation. In chronicling the struggles of the perpetually lazy (that's me!), I've learned a thing or two about getting motivated to work out. Namely that motivation is not some magical fairy dust that helps you arise at half past five every morning to go to the gym.  Motivation gets you to work out when you want to work out. Discipline is what gets you there when you don't. You can't buy discipline at the health food store, or on a DVD, or with a FitBit or a fancy heart rate monitor or on a website. Those are all tools (helpful tools!), but ALL of those still require discipline.

To be completely honest, I don't LOVE working out. Blah blah blah, endorphins blah. In reality I almost never want to go to the gym. Yet, I wake up and go to the gym 4-5 mornings a week. And even on my way to the gym, I still tell myself that I can have a slacker workout if I want to (spoiler alert: almost always once I'm actually there, I get in the mood to bust my butt). If I only went when I was motivated, I wouldn't go. The only thing I'm motivated to do in the mornings is curl deeper into my blanket burrito and hit snooze. 

Sprints are a good way to die on a treadmill in 15 min or less.
15 minutes of :20 on, :40 off (straddle the belt).
Start at 8.0 and bump it .1 after each sprint.
Sensing a trend here? So here's my weight loss epiphany of the day: I don't lose weight because I'm motivated to lose weight, because the instant that motivation evaporates, it's game over: I'm making unhealthy choices again. I lose weight because I am disciplined to go to the gym in the morning when I really (really REALLY) don't want to. I'm obviously not perfect-- being disciplined is a very constant struggle that I face every single day. Two years after making a change in my life, and it really still is a daily battle.

Two years ago versus yesterday (it's a known fact that I do not dress this nicely for work on Fridays)
Ultimately, the mind shift (and what helps me stay disciplined) comes from knowing that I don't get to talk myself out of healthy choices and still get the results I want. I cannot validate my laziness/desire to eat crap, and still expect to change. Maybe that seems like a DUH statement, or maybe it doesn't, I don't know. I spent so many years honestly believing that WANTING to be thinner and fitter would get me there. It never did. 

So, if you're feeling motivated, that's great! Use that motivation! But remember that motivation is only a small part of the battle, and discipline is a much more powerful force. 

Happy #fit4fifteen Friday Fitnasty friends!

What do you think: are you successful because you're motivated or disciplined?


  1. I'm one of those sick people who actually enjoys running, so I look forward to my runs. Having fun is my motivation and I've found that's a much more motivating motivation than health or vanity for me. Now resistance training... that's where discipline kicks in for me. I don't get the same fun out of picking up the heavies and putting down the heavies that I do with running, so I'm much more likely to let that sort of thing slide. Once I started training for the CPT exam, I realized that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing to begin with and that became my excuse to stop resistance training. That excuse ran out once I learned how to properly put together a program, so now I'm back on that "But I don't wanna" train. But I've gotta, and that's where #fit4fifteen comes in for me. : )

    P.S. The link-up also appears to be lacking in motivation today. It says we can't submit ourselves until Nov. 28.

    1. Nevermind the P.S. It would appear the link-up got itself together.

  2. I 100% agree with this!! I lack discipline lately, I had a rough week with discliple and bad choices, hence my 2 lb gain (see my link up). I used to LOVE running and sometimes I still do, but i swear once i start "training" it sucks - and I'm on week 3 of my training plan and already struggling. Going to work on my discipline this week!

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  4. So very true! It s all about discipline which I lack a lot of the time. I love working out in the middle of working out and after but not getting started. I usually have to talk myself into working out. I have to remind myself of my goals and really tell myself to get it done. Sometimes I don't do it but when I do it's because of discipline. Great post!

    Btw, I love Intervention too! I'm going back to school right now to become an addictions counselor so that show is one of my favs. <3

    (Had to remove my last comment because it was all messed up for some reason.)

  5. I've always had motivation (for short bursts of time) but discipline is something I've lacked every time I say I'm going to lose weight. Being able to go with someone to the gym helps me so much but am I really being disciplined then? I haven't figured out how to be disciplined on my own. But I'll keep trying until I figure it out.

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