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Motivation reset

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Tuesday, I skipped my lunch walk because I came in late to work after dropping the youngest at school. It's a new routine for him and I wanted to make sure he and my dad (who will be dropping him off) are comfortable with the new routine. Anyway, since I came in 90 minutes later than usual, I couldn't justify taking another 30 for my walk. I had school Tuesday evening and by the time I got home, it was late and hubby had to get up earlier than normal the next morning so we skipped the evening walk.

Bummer....2 opportunities to walk and both of them skipped.

Wednesday, I just didn't feel like walking. My motivation was gone. I had been craving exercise for all of 2 weeks and now after 1 sedentary day, I just didn't want to walk. But, I had a meeting in a different building roughly 1/4 of a mile up hill from my office. Rather than drive, I put on my walking shoes and hiked the hill. I felt proud of myself. After the meeting, I walked back down the hill to my office. I didn't really want to walk at lunch but told myself, it's only 2 miles, only half an hour, so I went. Then I felt even better. When I got home, hubby was half asleep on the couch because he had gone in so early. We ate a light dinner and I goaded him into walking with me (our normal, 5 mile walk). emoticon Got all of my walking in for the day plus a little extra.

This morning, I wanted to make sure I continued to keep the motivation for walking so I listened to The Spark on my way to work. I wasn't as far through it as I had thought...only about 33% into it. Using the text-to-speech feature on my Kindle, I listened to it during my 45 minute drive.

Today, I will hike that 1/4 mile hill to another meeting (and back) and I will get my 2 mile walk in at lunch. I can't walk tonight because I have class again until late, but at least I'll get in what I can. I also wore my good walking shoes so I'll take breaks every hour or two and climb the stairs in my building.

I logged my food for the whole day and it's very high in protein and complex carbs. It's low overall in calories but I think that's only fair since my exercise will be less than normal as well. It's nice to feel motivated again. Even though I only lost the motivation for a day and I fought it, I've lost motivation before and stayed unmotivated. I'm proud of myself for pushing through it despite the lack of desire and this new feeling of motivation feels like a reward.
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