Where did my motivation go?
November 22, 2011 8:27 AM Subscribe
What happened to my motivation and discipline with exercise that I had so proudly acquired and maintained for 5 months?!!
posted by daydreamer to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I started working out early June of this year and for the first time in my life kept it up and worked out an average of 4 days a week. I was doing an intense cardio workout and was watching what I was eating. I lost some weight and toned up a bit and was feeling really, really good! My husband was even saying that I was addicted to working out! Then around early to mid October I started to go through a little depressive phase (I go through those every now and then and they are not related to weight or anything like that). I was feeling pretty down and when I would do my workout I would only do about half of it and then just quit because I just didn't feel into it. My allergies were also acting up so I thought maybe that had something to do with it also...I was feeling more tired then usual and not having as much stamina as before. I finally just stopped working out altogether. Well, that little phase of depression wore off pretty much by early this month...but I still can't get back into working out. I always think of some excuse of why I can't workout...other things I need to be doing, etc. I have no motivation and I don't understand why. I was doing so well! I'm thinking that maybe the last couple of months that I was exercising regularly I wasn't really seeing any more changes in my body (although I was still trying to watch my diet, I wasn't watching the calories quite as carefully as I was in the beginning) and I felt like I was wasting my time. Also, I think that maybe I got burnt out on the workouts I was doing and need to change it up and do something different. So pretty much, I have an idea of what's going on with me and yet I still can't get myself to get back into that motivated, disciplined state that I was in. I don't know...I've pretty much resolved to making it my New Year's resolution to start again and just not worry about it for the rest of this year. What I'm wondering is if anyone has gone through this with your workout regimens and what did you do about it?