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Guest Post: Missing Motivation

Hey y’all! This morning I have to head to school to meet my new students for the 2012-2013 school year. I’m not leaving y’all hanging, though. I have a great post by Hallie from Chasing Hallie! :) (PS: I can totally relate to everything she says! Leave us both some tips!)

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Hello Hello! My name is Hallie and I blog over at ChasingHallie.com. I write about our daily adventures navigating life as a young couple and new parents. I am a work-at-home mom, athlete, sports fanatic and neat freak who loves to take pictures and write.

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Presley asked me to write about something fitness related and I thought what perfect timing because I have been thinking about fitness in my life lately. More so the lack of fitness. So here it goes…

Fitness as always been a huge part of my life. Whether it was running around the neighborhood playing tag until bedtime when I was a kid, participating in college intramurals in every sport I could possibly play or dedicating myself to daily workouts as an adult — fitness has been a constant. Throughout my pregnancy I stayed active, I worked out, I ran, I played tennis etc. etc. But now, here I am, 9 months postpartum and the only fitness I have in my life is keeping up with my little girl as she speeds around our house on all fours.

32 weeks/8 months

To say I have had a lack of motivation is an understatement. I just downright haven’t felt any urge at all. I like to blame it on all the other things going on in my life. Between work, taking care of Molly and finding some alone time with the husband there isn’t much room left for working out. And this HEAT…no way am I running outside.

I have set mini goals to make myself work out left and right and those aren’t doing the trick. I haven’t met one of them. Well, I did meet one — I ran a 5k in April. But that’s it.

I have never really been in this spot before. I have always had something pushing me forward. Something providing that extra surge. In high school it was succeeding in sports, in college it was staying clear of the freshman 15, then it was my wedding and then being healthy for my unborn child. And now…hmm? I know I should be setting a good example for my daughter, but really she has no idea right now. I have time for that later. See, excuses.

I need to dig down and find the motivation from within. That gut feeling to get moving. To get out there and get after it. But blah. That is how I currently feel.

So my goal is to force it upon myself. To do it in ways that are more fun than normal. I am picking cycling back up. I am going to swim for exercise to stave off the heat excuse. And I am going to let the husband take care of the baby so I can get away and focus on myself.

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Oh, and I have this 10K in a month. About that…I should probably start training.

Anybody else battled this? What did you do to get back into it? I have never been in this deep before.

Thanks for having me RunPretty readers!

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2 Responses to Guest Post: Missing Motivation

  1. Hi Hallie, I’m 10 months postpartum and having the exact same issue! I was so healthy during my pregnancy, now 10 months later I eat okay, but my activity level is zero. Walking from my car into work is the longest amount of cardio I get all day. TERRIBLE! So, today I ordered two Jillian Michael’s DVDs and free weights. The plan is to do the workouts with my husband after the baby goes to bed. Here’s to hoping this works!

    Good luck getting back into the workout routine. It’s not easy, but you’re right- excuses have got to stop.

  2. Hi Brenda! Congrats on your baby! So glad to hear I am not the only one. Funny you mentioned the Jillian Michaels DVDs because I have one sitting in my cart on Amazon. I guess I need to go ahead and order it! My plan is to also get in a workout after the baby goes to bed.

    Good luck to you and hopefully I can get it going as well!

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