Good grief. Who wants to get up and work out?

IMG_20160711_082534385We all have those days.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  You get up, swing your feet off the bed and just sit there. You start to wonder, “Why am I doing this?”  I know it happens to me.  Some mornings, I sit there for a good 10 minutes wondering if I really want to get up and work out. So what keeps me motivated?  At that specific moment, nothing.

Really.  On most of those mornings, I’m 100% sure I don’t want to go.  I can’t think of a single thing that says go, work out.  I just want to roll over in the bed and go back to sleep.  Eventually, I’ll say a little prayer and force myself up.  More often than not,  after I’m done with my workout I’m just done.  Sometimes I end up face down in the dirt. I’m sore and tired and done.  Nothing motivational happens.

Every once in awhile, I look back after that workout and find something memorable happened. I finally get to the top of that route I’ve been trying to climb.  The one that I’ve failed ten times before.  I set a new personal record on my 5k, even though the last five runs felt like I was running through molasses. I run five miles when I was sure my legs weren’t going to make it past two. I manage to do those five extra push-ups, burpees. Maybe even a pull-up.

On those days the workout is over and I’m smiling.  I’m feeling good about myself.  Will I remember those days the next time I’m trying to get up and workout?  Probably not.  I’ll still sit there wishing I would lay back down and go back to sleep.  The only thing I can do is say a little prayer for help and force myself to get up and get going.


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