A Little Personal Word On Motivation by James

January’s in full swing and I know a lot of you will be starting the year with health conscious resolutions, which obviously I love! HOWEVER…I also know some of you may be struggling with them already. And there’s certainly no shame in that.

I decided to hit 2017 with a spanking new lifting programme, I’ve got 12 (well 11 and a half now) weeks of 6x a week workouts planned – totalling hours in the gym. I’m committed and can’t wait for the end result….BUT….

This morning I could barely get out of bed. Tuesday: smashed upper body. Wednesday: smashed legs. Today – aching all over, even in places that shouldn’t have been aching and I’m shattered. Even the first mug of super strength coffee (prepared with eyes half open) couldn’t rouse me, and you know what, I admit it, I thought “F**k it. I’ll stay in bed.”

Only I didn’t. Because experience tells me that I always feel better after a workout. That if I do stay in bed I’ll feel bad about it later. That if I skip that workout I’m prone to skipping another, and then my goals start to drift away. So I got up, I put on my gym kit, and I hit up the gym. It also helped that Claire gave me a kick up the arse as well 🙂

You know what? I loved my workout (my back was killing me – but in a good way) and I felt way, way better afterwards. I always do. Later in the day, I’m less sore, more relaxed, and still on track for my goals instead of anxious about having to do more tomorrow.

The reason I wanted to share this is because sometimes as a coach people look at you and think, “It’s alright for you. You have no problem staying motivated. No problem getting up and exercising, of sticking to that diet.”

ACTUALLY I DO. But I also take responsibility. If I want those goals bad enough then I get out of bed even when I don’t want to, lift those weights when I’m not feeling it, stride through that run when my legs are thinking about the sofa. And I’m not special, or unique, in fact, I can actually be quite lazy! So if I can do it, you can do it!

Don’t give up. Keep your eyes on the prize and push through. Like me this morning, thinking about training and about getting up and doing it was far worse than actually doing it. So get to the gym, do that home workout, go for that cycle. Once you start you’ll keep going and starting is the hardest part. Overcome that and you’ve overcome 90% of the battle.

I hope that helps. Wishing you all the best for your 2017 training and healthy lifestyle.

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