Thursday, November 19, 2015

Where Has My Motivation Gone?

I seem to have lost my motivation for working out - for the most part.  It probably doesn't help that it's -20F today, though I did guilt myself out of bed this morning.  I put on my gym stuff, pressed the autostart on my key fob, and sucked down some coffee.  Low and behold - my truck did not start with the autostart.  GRRRRR!

I did crossfit for a year and I liked it, but my size never changed.  I put a lot of effort into working out and trying to be healthy, but I never reached the point where I had to buy new pants.  It was pretty disappointing.

I thought: I know.  The last time I dropped size, I was running 5 days a week.  I'll just do that.

I really hate running.

When I go to the gym and run (using an elliptical) I usually average about a 7 minute mile and I generally run for 20-25 minutes.  It's not that I cannot run - obviously - I just think that it's boring.

I'm trying to regroup and regain some motivation.  I'm going to get a new jar of thermogenic powder and I'll make some paleo granola tonight. That should help me out.   (Let me just say that I workout first thing in the morning.  Planet Fitness, here, opens at 5am and that's when I'm there.)

Exercise That I Like

  • Hiking
  • Running up and around Powell Butte in Portland, OR
  • Lifting & strength training
  • Kickboxing & Boxing
I'm terrible with working out at my house.  There's always something else that I would rather do at home.

I know I have a handful of readers out there.  What motivates you?  Can you pass along some encouragement?  I think I need it.

3 comments:

  1. My favorite phrase is "Nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels." It doesn't always work, but it's decent.A good habit for me is taking ZMA. It's probably only a mild success as a supplement, but the idea that at bedtime I need to have a mostly empty stomach so I can take it with a glass of water is a good guiding light. It really prevents evening snacking, which is a big problem for me.

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    1. I have a handful of vitamins and supplements that I take. Stuff specifically for when I work out is GNC thermogenic powder (before and after the workout), L-Glutamine, and (if I'm lifting) Creatine powder. Otherwise it's a multi-vitamin, Brain Awake (Irwin Naturals), and chlorophyll. I'll have to look up ZMA since I'm not familiar with it. I'm not much of a snacker, in fact my problem is usually the opposite - not eating enough.

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  2. You can't go wrong with cardio on an empty stomach! I'm able to swing that as I commute to work here in Anchorage via bike. 4 miles with a shower and oatmeal at the destination.

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