Crazy Committed

16 Jun

No matter what I did yesterday I couldn’t get on the right foot. I woke up late, drove to work in horrible traffic, forgot to take my supplements during the day, drove to the gym in horrible traffic and to top it off the parking garage at the gym was under construction.

All of that was fine, not even too much of a problem, but I forgot my gym clothes at home and I had a boot camp class with Armando that was part of my 1/2 marathon training, a class that I had paid for and could not make up.

So I bought new gym clothes.

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Joanna's new gym clothes

I made it to class and you know what I’m really glad I did. But it got me thinking, is this ‘normal’? Is this just a testament to my commitment to working out? Or am I just crazy?

For me the former is true. There is very little that will get in the way of me and my time at the gym, especially if I’ve already paid for class or a personal training session. I really like to get my money’s worth when I pay for something. That’s a major motivating factor, it’s worth it to me to pay to keep me motivated when sheer will won’t do it alone.

I think that everyone has their source for motivation, what’s yours?

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3 Responses to “Crazy Committed”

  1. adyksterhouse June 16, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Left to my own devices I will break appointments with myself to workout so I make plans with other people; hence, I have worked out in rain and cold and other unfavorable conditions.

  2. Chris June 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Way to go! And, by the way, the new clothes look great.

    For me, the motivation to exercise even when circumstances make it difficult is all in how it makes me feel. There’s just no substitute for the exhilaration and sense of ease I have after a great workout. So, what I’m finding is that when life seems to be pointing me away from getting that sweat in, that’s exactly when I need it most!

    FWIW – I’ve tried motivating myself with external things like having spent money for some program or other or even offering myself rewards but it has never carried the day for me. That just goes to show that each of us is unique and there’s no telling what might work to keep one person motivated while another flounders. :(

    • Joanna B. June 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

      Thanks Chris! I think you completely got the point of my post today. It really is about what works for you and being in touch with it. There’s something about spending money that has me take actions, maybe good old fashioned eastern European values. I used to make bets with family that I would get out of bed and run at 5am and always win.

      I also know that this approach will not work for everyone. Some people are motivated by fun, others rewards and others still spirituality.

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