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Exercise Motivation or Lack Thereof

Monday, February 17, 2014

Why is getting motivated to exercise still so hard for me? I read all the time how if you push through, do it consistently, and make it a habit it will become a part of your daily routine and who you are. I've read over and over again how it becomes easier and you just don't even think about it anymore.

Not for me. I have been attempting to make it a consistent practice for over a year now (since last November). I will admit to stalling out for a few months early on - last Feb through May was sporadic for me. Still, June, July, August, September, October, Novemeber, December, January and now February again, I have muscled through with regular exercise. At minimum 3 days a week, but usually 4 or 5 and sometimes even 6. I've changed it up to keep it interesting and to hopefully see some progress on the scale. I've looked for NSVs where I can, but it is still a mental battle everyday. Every day I have to really talk myself into it. Really push to do it. And I do, but when will my mental breaktrhough come? When will I WANT to exercise. When will I miss it on days I can't fit it in? I really want that mentality. I really need it. How long can you go on sheer force of will?

I'm not giving up, not stopping, just wanting it to be a little easier. Not easier in the work I do while exercising; if anything, I want to make that harder and have the mental fortitude to push myself. I want the mental part of it to be easier. I just thought this would have been enough time to condition that mental muscle...
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  • MSEMBERSTORM
    I think we all have faced this and still sometimes do. Keep pushing. You got this. You are stronger than you think. You have made it this far and that is a great accomplishment. Stay strong!
    2191 days ago
  • VONBLACKBIRD
    I think I'm exactly like you. I really think I hate exercise. About the only thing I enjoy is walking and then only outside when the weather permits. It is just so hard for me. I used to be an avid hiker but can't even do that anymore.
    2193 days ago
  • TURTLETALK
    I have been exercising regularly for over a year and I still have to make myself do it. I keep thinking I will become addicted to the feeling but it hasn't happened yet. I just daily remind myself of how much better I feel when I work out regularly then I get up and do it. emoticon
    2193 days ago
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