Motivation needed

By Darron Latest Reply 2011-09-30 18:21:05 -0500
Started 2011-09-27 11:04:06 -0500

Hey guys, I have been doing so well up until this year. I feel like I have lost my motivation to exercise. I am on a tight budget so I cant afford to go to a gym. I have an elliptical I used every day before and some free weights.

Please offer some advice…

14 replies

ali315 2011-09-30 01:31:21 -0500 Report

darron i know what you mean I have no drive for life right now so i know how you feel.but please dont give up on yourself their is always hope at the end of the deep ugly tunnel of loss of motivation.All I can do is tell you to pray and have alot of faith I dont know your religious beliefs but I dont think it matters cus I will put you in my prayers and trust me when I say the power of prayer is amazing you will feel so great in the keep your head up and take it day by day never give up hope nor loose faith.may God Bless you

kaveolook78 2011-09-29 21:14:37 -0500 Report

Hang in there Darron, I was the same way this summer, AND still fighting urges to eat bad things. Its pretty hard to avoid the bad foods. BUT…I know each day I have to tell myself "I can't be doing that,repeatedly" plus I pray every day first thing in the morning and evening, I'm not perfect but…praying helps. Also I started working out little bit at a time. DON'T GIVE UP THERE IS HOPE FOR EVERYONE.

gigi7474 2011-09-29 08:37:07 -0500 Report

i have found that small things are adding up like dont take the car a few blocks away from home, walk it with your water and i love the elevator so i try and take stairs some time even if its a ramp…starting small is better then nothing at all.

labornurse 2011-09-28 17:00:10 -0500 Report

I also have an elliptical that I was using but since the weather has permitted I love to get out and just walk in the morning and listen to the birds. I walk around a park where there are many different birds, ducks, geese, etc. It is so uplifting and even when the weather gets rainy and cold on those days I need to remember that I am here for a purpose and get to spend another day with my family, I will go and walk the park just for that "pick me up". Hang in there, I know we are all on tight budgets but we can try to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and forget our worries for a short time.

Darron 2011-09-28 13:42:20 -0500 Report

Thanks for all the encouragement and great ideas. I will a little from each. You all are the best!

JoleneAL 2011-09-27 15:43:35 -0500 Report

I would put the elliptical in front of the tv and put on a channel of cartoons, or the comedy channel, and laugh while you're working out. I wish I had the room for one myself!

On a side note:
I just signed back up for the gym this weekend - and vow to visit at a minimum twice a week, three times if I can - and I find reading helps me a lot. I don't do weights, yoga, aerobics, I walk on the tread mill or ride the stationary bike. By the time the hour is up, I have clocked many miles and hardly knew it! It helps I got a Nook for my birthday so it is easier to hold. I take a small bag with me to the gym with my Nook, cellphone, iPod, liquid glucose and kleenex. Jim is right - it is mental mostly. Once I get there and start, I'm fine - its the getting there part that is hard.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-27 15:24:08 -0500 Report

I find exercise to be more mental than physical. In other words, deciding to do it and get started is much more time and energy consuming than just doing it. It isn't easy. Keep up your free weights and do the elliptical. Maybe you need to add some jazzy music to get you going. Hope you find something that works. Jim

Caliafiosgram62 2011-09-29 18:21:21 -0500 Report

I agree. The hardest part of exercise is getting going. I get up before work to ride a stationery bike and the hardest thing is the initial push. Once I get going, I'm OK, but some mornings (around 5:30 am) I just look at it and think, not again. But then I think I really want to be able to do it, so I get on it and go. I watch my local news while cycling. It helps pass the time.

mebetty 2011-09-27 12:59:23 -0500 Report

Hey Darron. You may want to see a doctor. There may be other subtle things that you are not conscious of. Are you lethargic ? unable to sleep throughout the night? do you become irritable quickly? there could be a few changes happening that may not be obvious to you. I find in my later years that I suffer from depression. I never used to have much patience with people who used 'depression' as any explanation. But depression is crippling. You may need a mild anti-depressant or a mild sedative to aid in better sleep. Lack of good sleep creates havoc in our system as well. Depression combined with lack of good sleep will kill any motivation. Is there turmoil in the home front? It could even be post-trauma. A slow reaction to something that happened a few months ago. Do a self diagnosis, make an honest list of what is bothering you, what annoys you, etc. You may be in for a surprise. Do not be kind to yourself. It is important that you be candid and forthright with your responses. Be well, be strong.


jladytiger1979 2011-09-27 12:45:14 -0500 Report

I use rewards too but not on a points system. That is a neat idea!! I have an item I wvbt or place I want to visitand I dont get it til I earn it. I use my weight goal which includes eating right & exercise. I set small goals. 3 lbs or 5lbs or whatever & I reward myself for it. I also watched my mom go through a lifetime if diabetes & now suffer with issues so I will sit down & have a talk with myself…is this really what you want for your future??? THEN GET TO IT! Maybe just go it and walk around the block. I seem to find myself more motivated when I get to be outside. Best of luck!!!

hawk1962 2011-09-27 11:27:01 -0500 Report

Been there recently myself! How I chose to re-motivate myself was through a reward system. If figured out a few things that I wanted to do or buy and attached points to them like we do here on site when earning badges. Walking..1 point per minute. Biking…5 points per 15 minutes. I think you get the point of this and make sure you attach the level of points needed to buy the reward accordingly! Night at the movies…???? New tv…????? Watch Monday night football game…???? Watch my favorite show on any night…????? And the big thing is stick to it and DON'T short change yourself! If you don't have the points needed you can't have the reward! Hope this idea helps you get moving again. :0) :0) :0)

hawk1962 2011-09-27 11:30:00 -0500 Report

Again, remember to be tough on yourself in the beginning…if you don't have the points to watch that football game you MUST turn that tv off! And I bet you will get busy to make sure you don't miss the next game come hell or high water!