Well, I am on week 5 of my challenge. The past week or so has seemed to be tougher than the first few weeks. I think it is because routine has set in a little, and it is sort of becoming a grind.
The first few weeks were great. I felt really enthusiastic and driven to push myself each day. I have been really enjoying my workouts and cardio sessions and have even enjoyed running again… something I haven’t enjoyed for a long time. If I have had to miss a workout for any reason, I have made sure I have caught it up. The diet has been easy to stick to. I haven’t felt hungry and have felt healthier for eating well. I haven’t gone overboard on the ‘off day’ (every Sunday is ‘off day’.. meaning I can eat what I want). Everything has been going really well…
Then on Monday, I woke up and for the first time I did not want to get out of bed. I made myself get up and going, and went to the gym but it was probably my worst workout to date. I have been hindered a little by a stiff lower back and this may have had something to do with it, but I just haven’t felt into it this week. I even found myself sneaking a chocolate in last night. This morning I awoke and I didn’t go on my run. It was raining outside. My back was still stiff. I reasoned with myself that I would go later in the day. Excuses excuses…
I was thinking during the day as to why I have been feeling this way. It is of course like pretty much any goal. In the beginning you are full of enthusiasm and you thrive on the excitement and the possibility of it all. Then that wears off to a certain extent, and you feel like you are going through the motions. The end can still seem a bit of a way off and you can feel like you are running out of energy.
This is going to happen to a lot of people undertaking the challenge, or any long term goals for that matter. Many will find it tough during the middle months. Many will skip a workout or two a week telling themself that they are doing better than they were before they started the challenge. Well that may be the case, but you are still cheating yourself of the opportunity of giving this your best shot.
Don’t fall into the temptation of settling for a mediocre effort. It’s only 12 weeks! Use this middle month to set yourself a new goal. Revise what you were aiming for.. aim higher! See where you can get to in the next month. Do this for all of your goals… not just your fitness goal! When the going gets tough.. get tougher! Fight the urge to back off. Push harder!
Well, later in the day came and went and I didn’t make it out the door for my cardio session. Luckily I have attended a Goalworks session tonight and been fired up sufficiently to get myself out the door for an evening run! I’m off… seeya!