Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Lacking Motivation

It's Christmas and I'm feeling anything but right now. I'm in a "blah" mood and I know part of the reason is that I'm lacking motivation to workout. 

There are a million and one excuses...I'll only name two. You're welcome.

1. Shoulder surgery recovery.  I know this is a big one and you guys are all going to tell me to cut myself some slack. And I know that I need to. But when you are down and out and depressed, it's difficult to just not blame yourself. My recovery is going well. I did ask the doctor if I could run and he said I could try and see how I felt. I've run 4 times in the past 2 weeks for about 3 miles each time. Usually my shoulder gets a bit sore after about 1 mile. I have been going slow and walking when I need to. But I don't want to go out there (my only positive is that I can run and look at the Christmas lights). I'm tired, I'm achy, I'm slow.

2. Weight gain. Due to recovering from shoulder surgery and my general lack of motivation, there has been an obvious weight gain. And with the weight gain, it's harder to run. Joints hurt and I'm tired. I feel sluggish when running or just sitting at home. It's VERY easy to become a slug when you fall out of your routine. And that's where I'm at right now.
Any ideas how to get motivation back? Just do it? It doesn't help that certain things in my own person life can get me a little down but in all reality, life is fine. It's just more excuses. Tired. No time. Sore. Crabby. Blah, blah, blah.

I'm so sorry for my down and depressing post. I feel as though I want to be honest on my blog and this is my honesty. Working out has always been a stress reliever for me so not working out is definitely not helping my mood. I'm happy after a good, sweaty workout.

There are things I want to accomplish in 2016 and 2017, so I need to get this rear in gear!!  Thanks for letting me vent and any opinions or suggestions are completely welcome!

Hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year!!  I promise to be more cheerful and happy when I see you in 2016!!

6 comments:

  1. I understand how you feel. Can't work out the way you want because it hurts. So you don't. The more you don't, the more sluggish you feel and the weight comes on. the more the weight comes on, the more sluggish you feel and the more you don't want to work. NEED TO BREAK THAT CYCLE, KIDDO! It may sound crummy at first, but just get out walking. Just walk some miles breathing in the fresh air into your lungs and moving your body is going to help. Find other ways to move. Running in the pool maybe? How about the trainer and spin? Drink your water, lots of it, and I know, it's the holiday, which makes it even more difficult. I am trying to limit the treats to one a day. Don't fall to defeat completely, Amanda. FIGHT BACK! You CAN get through this. You can find a way.

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    1. Thank you Reen! You are so right. I can do things, I did the rotating stairs a couple weeks ago, slower than normal but still did it. I will have to just start doing it! Thank you!

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  2. All I know is that the more I run and workout, the better I feel, so that is my motivation. Hope you get your mojo back soon! Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thank you Pete! I'm sure I will figure this out!! Happy Holidays to you too!

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  3. Oh yeah, I completely understand where you're at! I've pretty much accepted the fact that I probably won't ever run another marathon ... and you know what ... that's OK. There are a lot of fun workouts out there besides running. Lately I've been enjoying lifting weights, and of course, dance. And if you want to get your running motivation back ... sign up for a race? What about spinning? That should be easy on your shoulder.

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    1. Thanks Maggie! I've been think I need to go to the gym more, do classes and kick my ass inside. I'm not liking cold running right now. I just don't want to dress in layers. And I am going to sign up for a spring half so that will get me running soon enough.

      I did sit on a spin bike a couple weeks ago but I need to do it one armed. I don't have the reach yet and can't lean on it. But I am going to go. Just hard to get to those particular classes last couple weeks. Thanks for the suggestions!

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