Because I Said So: Staying Motivated When You Want To Quit
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Staying Motivated When You Want To Quit

Working out is hard.
 
Working out when it's raining is harder.
  
Yesterday I just wasn't feeling the gym. At all. In all honesty, I wanted to pitch a fit and eat a tub of ice cream followed by wine.
 
Some Most days, the gym is not my friend. I always find some reason to talk myself out of it. But this time, I sucked it up and went anyway. And I'm glad I did.  I felt accomplished and strong, albeit a very sweaty. (side note: can your hair sweat, because mine so was)
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Have someone hold you accountable. I text Josh when I'm not feeling it and he'll usually respond with a "JUST DO IT" or "GET IT GIRL!" He never goes along with my whining.
 
 
2. Turn up the music! I blast upbeat music on my way to workout and jam out like a #badass--Similar to an athlete getting in the zone before a huge game.
 
 
3. Have a plan. Pack your workout clothes, write it on your calendar, pay for the membership yourself. Do what you have to do. You know what they say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
 
 
4. Stop making excuses. As soon as you find one, you find ten others to go along with it. Been there done that. The whole "I'll just go tomorrow" trick never works. You likely won't go tomorrow. So, stop getting in the habit of making excuses. Also, rain is not an excuse unless your gym is outdoors or it's flooding and you can't drive there.


5. Go with a friend. When someone is physically holding you accountable because they are there too, helps tremendously. I know for me, if I know I'm going to see someone I know at the gym, it makes me that much more competitive and I get a better workout.
 
 
6. JUST DO IT! Typically, going to the gym takes an hour of your time, you can do it! There are worse things in life. I promise, you'll feel better if you don't cheat yourself.


What do you do to stay motivated?
 
 

30 comments:

  1. I really needed this! I was going to gym or doing some sort of exercise almost ever day of the week and then all of sudden it became the last place I ever wanted to step foot in. I will remember all of these tips next time the only exercise I feel like doing is bring the spoon to my mouth!

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  2. Having an accountability partner in all stretches of life is the number one thing for me! Yes, yes, and YES to all of the above.

    cominguprosestheblog.com

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  3. Excuses are my worst enemy! It's always great when a friend agrees to go with you. Get it girl!

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  4. Yesss!! Just do it!! I can't afford the gym and my excuse used to be everything under the sun as to why I couldn't workout at home. Not anymore. You just have to do it. You always feel better afterwards. Good for you girlie!!

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  5. oh, I'm full of excuses.. If we were real life friends I'd tell you never to contact me. I'd probably say: come on over instead, I got ice cream,. haha We are really bad about that.. but I usually go with my husband. there's no better motivation than seeing your other half working up a sweat. And my hair sweats too. It's nasty, but normal. haha

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  6. These are awesome suggestions, because I tend to talk myself out of motivation! I really need to work out more even when I'm tired!

    Thank you for sharing!
    xoxo

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  7. Yes! Hair sweat is so real haha. That's the worst. Music is the only thing that will keep me going during a workout. Great tips.

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  8. Blasting music always helps me! Great tips!

    xo, Chelsie @ Life with Rosie

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  9. Going with a friend always really helps me out-it no longer seems like a chore!

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  10. Having a plan is the way to go! I also keep myself busy to stay motivated because it seems I work best under pressure!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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  11. I seriously need to get back to working out! I am loving these tips because I am the queen of oh I'll just go tomorrow & then never do. Thanks for sharing them!

    Crumbs & Curls

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  12. Great tips. Going to the GYM is something I can't stand to do because of my anxiety sometimes. But when I go with a friend its completely different but being able to workout at home is best for me. I'm in my own element.

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  13. Such a great post! I've been feeling pretty un-motivated lately, so I'll have to try out these tips :)

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  14. These are great tips! I also keep in mind how great I feel after working out.

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  15. I've found that it's so hard for me to stay motivated, especially after sitting at work all day. I can't wait until I finally feel adjusted to my new lifestyle so I can focus on motivating myself and sticking to routine.

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  16. These are great tips! Whether it is working out, doing a project or doing house work, we all need motivation!

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  17. These tips are coming at a perfect time! When I work out, I try to take classes so that I won't be tempted to cheat. Haha

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  18. I like to go to the gym with a friend as well -- it definitely helps.
    I haven't been going to the gym but I've been walking around my neighborhood for about 30 minutes every night so my boyfriend joining me has definitely made me more excited to go each night.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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  19. Such great tips...loved "meeting" you on Ember Grey...

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  20. Great tips. Stop making excuses and just do it are so essential!

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  21. These are all great tips, not just for motivating yourself to workout, but also just to motivate yourself in general. I think having a plan and having someone hold you accountable are both a definite must!

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  22. I love the idea of having someone hold you accountable. These are all great! Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo
    Lauren Ashley
    www.thefashionistasdiary.com

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  23. This is excellent! Thank you for sharing it with us! I hate it when people make excuses for not doing things or for not doing them correctly.

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  24. Turning up the music always helps me stay motivated! These are all great tips!

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  25. I love this! I am really bad about saying I will start on Monday. Then if I miss Monday I wait for the next Monday. Lol

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  26. These are some great tips! I've recently been lacking motivation, especially today lol. My bed is definitely calling me, but you've inspired me to have a get up & go attitude!

    xx | Steph @ The Lovely Essentials & Jenssen's Designs

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  27. I definitely need these tips! I find it so hard to actually get motivation to go to the gym when Netflix is just so much easier. I'm going to try some of these out though because I really want to get into a workout routine this summer.

    Jenni // The Beautiful Little Fools

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  28. I needed this...I haven't worked out in like 2 months. I'm soooo lazy lately. Deff trying these tips! Especially the jam sesh haha.

    xo // www.thematerialgirl.co

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  29. Amazing advice doll! Will keep it in mind :)

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  30. I find that just getting to the gym is half the battle. If I walk in the doors I am golden. I am not a huge fan of gyms though despite the fact that I need to use one. What a struggle....

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