I played the “countdown to covers off” game this morning. You know, like, when you’re laying there awake after the alarm goes off, but you’re not quite ready to get out of bed, so you just lay there some more until you can convince yourself that shit needs to get done and it won’t get done until your body leaves the bed? You’ve been there, don’t lie to me. I did the 1, 2, 3, 4, ….nope not yet. And then when I was thoroughly late, I decided it was time.
And all this means that I didn’t workout this morning. AGAIN. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME. Actually, I’m well aware. The motivation to do anything workout-related in the morning has disappeared. Completely. Even this weekend, I didn’t get my sweat on until around 10/1030/11. Embarrassing. I love working out in the morning. Scratch that. I love running in the morning. And without that, I convince myself that it’s not really worth it.
The thing is, I always feel better after I do some sort of something in the morning, but getting to that something is like pulling teeth — or worse: getting out of bed.
I think I need a workout plan. I need to have something scheduled each morning so I’m not just getting on the elliptical because I don’t know what else to do. Here are some options I’ve been throwing around.
1. Insanity. I’ve thought about ordering this for awhile and really trying to stick to it, but then I feel guilty because ZWOW workouts are very similar and they’re free online.
2. Re-joining my gym. The gym and I have a very tumultuous relationship. I joined in Fort Lauderdale in August 2012, then un-joined in August 2013 when I was back in Tampa and had a gym at my new apartment. Seven months without a real gym. Without spin classes or yoga
or zumba. And let’s be real: one of the fun parts of going to the gym is people-watching. I miss that. And I think if I were paying for a membership again, it would give me some motivation to actually get up in the morning and go.
3. Focus on the bike. I have a bike trainer, which I love. But I don’t love staring at nothing. I could ride outside, but now that the mornings are darker, I’m not as comfortable taking my bike on the road.
4. Keep doing what I’m doing. Why force it? Am I over-thinking this?
5. Get a buddy. This one’s tougher because none of my friends live in my apartment complex, I don’t belong to a gym where I could meet anyone, and I can’t run so a running group is out. Ok, this one’s not gonna work.
6. Get more sleep. One of the reasons why I’m hating on the morning workout alarm is because I’m always beyond exhausted when my first alarm goes off. The motivation to get out of bed might increase if my amount of sleep does, too.
7. Join a swim team. I was a great swimmer once upon a high school sports team. I even joined an early morning swim team in college when I was injured during XC and track with ITBS. It was at 5 a.m. and I was insane for doing that every day. But I did it, and meeting up with those people got me out of bed.
8. Buy more workout clothes. But, really. When does this not work?
All this makes me think of a great article from Paige about figuring out why you are training and what your workout goals are. She says that as a trainer, she asks her clients flat out: “What made you walk through that door today?” She also says: “Having a reason not only gets you to your training, but it also helps motivate you to push harder during your training session. If your reason for training is to get strong and lean, but you’re doing endless amounts of cardio and maybe picking up a few light dumbbells afterward, you might need to re-think your behavior (or your reason).”
She’s a smart one.
My goal right now is to get back to running, but I’m already trying to figure that path out. As for my fitness goals right this second — as in, why do I feel the need to workout every day even if it’s not running — I really just want to say in shape. I want to feel good, I want to look good, and I freaking want my abs back. According to these “goals,” I’ll have to take a closer look at what I’ve been doing and re-structure my lady fitness routine.
This is a lot for a Monday morning, yeah?
What are your fitness goals? What’s your motivation for training each day? Have a great Monday!