“Motion creates emotion”
As usual I came home tonight and worked out. But it wasn’t just a regular workout. For the first time I did the Strength workout from Insanity The Asylum, all the way through, no breaks. I did every single rep, even when I thought I couldn’t keep going I pushed through and got it done. I love the sense of accomplishment when I can beat my own record, when I can achieve what my body tells me is impossible. Always in competition with myself!
Do you think I was motivated to workout when I got home from work? Heck no! All I wanted to do was sit on the couch, stuff my face, and watch The Walking Dead (which rocks by the way)! I was drained from another long day at work. If I had let myself be led by emotions, I would not have accomplished what was one of the best workouts I’ve ever completed.
A lot of people ask me how I stay so motivated. They tell me that they WANT to lose weight, they WANT more energy, they WANT to feel better. They’ve bought workout programs, joined gyms. They’re just not motivated to do the work.
What I do has nothing to do with motivation in my opinion. I’m rarely motivated to exercise. It’s about commitment. I have a full time job and I own my own business, I’m a mom and a wife. I’m busy and tired, all the time! I come home drained, exhausted from work thinking about all the other things I could be doing. I don’t really WANT Shaun T to make me want to cry or Chalene Johnson to make me want to puke. But I’ve made a commitment to myself to be as healthy as I can be. To be a healthy mom and wife. It makes me feel good about myself, confident and strong. I treat my workouts like a business appointment. As soon as I get home from work I put my workout clothes on and press play no matter how tired I might be, and I ALWAYS feel 100x better and accomplished when I’m done!
Here’s what I’ve learned about motivation... if you sit around and wait for it to slap you upside your head, it’s never going to happen! Motivation does not come before action, action comes before motivation. Once I get moving I feel better, the adrenaline kicks in, and THAT’S when motivation strikes. Not the other way around. As my hubby Syed likes to say, “motion creates emotion.” The only workouts I’ve ever regretted are the ones I DIDN’T do.
So the next time you think to yourself “I just don’t feel like it”, “I’m too tired”, “too busy”... “I’m not motivated today”... cut the excuse and just do it already. You’ll feel better when you’re done, I promise.