How to get your motivation back
THIS week marks the halfway point of the eight- week challenge and to be honest, at the weekend I sort of fell off the bandwagon.
And when I say sort of, I actually mean full-on stack, like face first off the bandwagon.
You might ask how?
Well, I am talking a (beautiful) greasy burger and loaded fries covered in melted cheese and crispy bacon (mouthwatering goodness) after a rather big night out on the town.
Despite my poor (great at the time) food choices from the weekend, motivation was really lacking heading into Monday.
If Mondays aren't slow enough, I decided it was time to commit to a personal training session once a week on a Tuesday morning (crazy) to motivate me to get out of bed.
Last year I would bounce out of bed at 5.15am and be sweating it out from 5.30am for an hour every morning (plus a second session in the arvo), whether it be freezing cold or boiling hot.
However, this year my motivation for the gym has been about as non-existent as my abs.
Recently I've been reading a book by bestselling author Jessica Sepel who talks about health confusion, dieting, exercise regimes and emotional eating, all from her own experiences.
In one chapter she touched on her weekly exercise routine and philosophy and how people should be exercising smarter and not harder.
Jessica has seen many girls over-exercising and says it ends up taking its toll on the body and their motivation.
Rather than adopting an intense exercise regimen, the chapter encourages a balanced approach to exercise by following these tips: set a weekly schedule, try restorative exercise, move mindfully and remember to rest.
Since taking on the challenge I have tried to incorporate these tips into my exercise regime and now listen to my body instead of flogging it at the gym.
I have now opted for more afternoon workout sessions and only doing a double or morning session when my body feels able.
Since doing this I have found my motivation is slowly returning and my approach to exercise is more balanced.