Last night in my Spinning class, I met a woman who was there for her third class. She was on the bike next to me and I offered to help her with clarifying anything during the class if she got lost. All of the positions and resistance increases can get confusing in the beginning. At the end of the class, she thanked me for the offer to help and continued to talk about how since she doesn’t currently have the strength in her legs to do all the moves (or so she thinks), she is getting discouraged in the classes. Having signed up for 20 classes, she is determined to come back, but also said she is her “own worst enemy” when it comes to exercise and that she needs to talk herself into coming to each class.
There isn’t a truer statement than that. We all are our own worst enemies when it comes to fitness, nutrition, motivation, etc… I know that I could come up with a million excuses on why I can’t run today. “I’m too tired.” “I have too many errands to run.” “I have too much work to do.” The list goes on and on. But what good does that do to fall prey to my excuses? If I did that, then I never would’ve run not one but TWO half marathons so far this year. I wouldn’t be trying to lose a marathon while training to run a marathon!
So why do we give up? Maybe this sums it up:
Instead of thinking of how slow your are running, think of how FAST you are running compared to when you began. I began seriously running in October 2011 and my average pace was around 15 min/mile. This wasn’t an easy pace for me either…I was huffing and puffing. Now 8 months later, I’ve shaved a little more than 2 minutes off of my average per mile pace. That’s a pretty big accomplishment! Would I like to run a 10 minute mile? Of course! But I have to remind myself that my body isn’t ready for that yet, but I will get there…probably in another 8 months.
Quitting isn’t an option for me and it shouldn’t be for you! Just keep this in mind:
The biggest piece of advice I can put out there on how to stay motivated to train is to SIGN UP FOR RACES! Once I put that money down on a race, I’m not going to let it go to waste. The same thing applies for exercise classes, gym memberships or even a new pair of running shoes. If you’re financially connected to something, you’re more likely to stick with it. Well, at least I am 🙂
So stop listening to that nagging voice inside your head and stop being your worst enemy! Only you have the power to reach your goals…get there!