Sometime around November…October maybe…November…anyways…sometime in the fall of last year I sustained a really bad hamstring injury. I mostly kept it to myself but it quickly became evident that I was going to have to take some time off my workouts or at least scale them back considerably.
Which is really hard for me to do. I’ve always been active. I love being active. And I feel my best when I’m consistently working out and moving. I tried to maintain yoga but even that hurt more than helped. And Motrin was quickly becoming my new bestie. Which, if you didn’t know, isn’t a good thing.
It was really hard to get back into things once my hamstring felt better. I ended up taking a solid 2.5 months off from everything. Between life and my injury, I just wasn’t feeling it. And you could definitely tell I wasn’t as active as normal because I was acting a fool. I feel really sorry for my poor husband and kids. I wasn’t at my best…and if I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t even mediocre.
I knew I had to get back to it. Working out has a way of making me feel amazing. I have more energy, I’m happier, and I’m more confident. I just feel at my best when I’m working out consistently. And by consistently, I mean 3-4 times a week.
I think the key to motivation is really sitting down and figuring out why something motivates you. I’m motivated to workout because that’s when I’m at my best. I’m happier, have more energy, and am a better wife and mom. So for me, it’s usually a pretty easy decision if faced with the question of to workout or not to workout.
Choosing to workout is the harder decision. It’s easier to put it off until tomorrow, to sit on the couch instead of going to the gym or grabbing your gear and taking that hike. It’s easier to grab that fast food lunch instead of meal prep a healthy one. So find the reason that ignites that fire in you. Find the reason to go to the gym, to meal plan, meal prep, and do it. It could be something as simple as you want to buy new workout clothes and actually use them. It could be because you want to be healthier, it could be because you need to be healthier. Whatever your reason, focus on it and the motivation will follow.
So tell me…what’s your motivation?