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January 20, 2012

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I need a Fitness Goal

I’m having a really hard time getting motivated to train lately. It’s not that I’m not actually motivated to get in shape, be fit, be healthy and be happy, it’s because where I live (Yellowknife, NWT) we currently only have 2 hours of daylight a day and it’s SO cold here (averaging about -38 to -48 C with the windchill), so it’s hard to get and stay motivated.

It doesn’t help that I don’t like my gym that much because it’s very small and it doesn’t have the space in it for me to be doing any Crossfit, kettlebell or HIIT training, which is how I prefer to train, and I don’t have the space or the equipment to workout at home like that either.  I’ve started doing the Insanity DVDs, which are great, but a lot of the movements in it aggravate my existing and old injuries and plus I prefer to be lifting weights a couple times of week as well.  I know these all sound like excuses, but I assure you, they’re not! I just needed to vent more than anything and give myself a bitch-slap at the same time.

Recently I wrote about how I’m stepping up my game in the gym and how I wanted to see 4 of my 6 abs by my 31st birthday in March.  As much as I love this goal, saying “I want abs” isn’t enough to get me motivated, I need to set something with an end date and something to attain by that end date.  I’m still killing the burpee challenge, today is day 19 which means 34 burpees, but I think I need something else as a goal.  I’ve been wondering if I should start training for a run again? Last year I trained for 5 months for a 10K but didn’t get to run it due to a sprained ankle, so that’s still on my bucket list.  Should I aim for a new personal best bench press or squat? Maybe I’ll start swinging a kettlebell again and try to do a personal best consecutive “double-handed swings”. I’m not sure, but I need an end goal and I need it now.

The other thing that’s holding me back a bit is that I’m quite injured.  I bruised my tailbone playing football last week, which has also aggravated my hip injuries from my motorcycle accident, the knee I had surgery on has been bothering me for about two months and so have my shoulders.  Oh, and in case you didn’t know, I’m a walking sports injury.

Now, again. I know all of these sound like excuses but you know what the best part is, since writing my last post, I’m down 3 lbs and I can tell I’m down some inches as I’m now between belt loops (one my pants fall down, the other cut off the circulation to a very important area), I just feel that I need and want to push myself a bit more.  I know I can do this and I know I can take it to the next level.

What do you do to motivate yourself and what goals do you have set right now?

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(17) Readers Comments

  1. TaraBurner
    January 20, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I actually today reset my goals (http://taraburner.com/misc/turning-44-birthday-confessions-advice-inspiration.php) and am getting refocused...I too lost motivation for awhile and am just getting it together again...guess the motivating factor for me is that time's going to go by whether I make progress or not so I may as well keep taking small steps towards the ultimate goal...eventually I'll get there :)

    • Your Inner Skinny
      January 20, 2012 at 11:41 am

      @TaraBurner Happy Birthday! And thanks for the words!

  2. RobynBaldwin
    January 20, 2012 at 8:31 am

    hey! I just reset some smaller goals. Attend Moksha once a week, decrease my cortisol by sleeping 8 hours, attending yoga and meditation/prayer. Starting with the basics while I train for my next fitness competition. Sometimes it's great to just start small again.

  3. Joyce Cherrier
    January 20, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Hi Scott :) That's some hardcore weather! I'm a weather wimp (confessing) and convinced I'm solar powered. When I run up against a lack of motivation, what works for me, is I'll follow a workout that's on DVD or written out or something on youtube. I find a few days of not leaving it up to how I feel, but having to complete a pre-planned workout, gets me past the "feelings" and back on track.

    • Your Inner Skinny
      January 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

      @Joyce Cherrier Yeah, it's cold here and that's what is my main reason for having no motivation. I've been working out at home but I need to be doing more and just need to suck it up and go out and do it.

  4. Lindsay@In Sweetness and In Health
    January 20, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Hi Scott! I'm not really a goal-oriented person, but for me, if there is something that I really want to work on then I'll try to set smaller goals and build on them! I would pick one thing that you want to accomplish and work toward that, and then pick another...etc!

    • Your Inner Skinny
      January 20, 2012 at 11:41 am

      @Lindsay@In Sweetness and In Health That's how I usually work and I've got lots of little goals, the issue I'm having is getting motivated to do them. When you don't like your workout environment, that can take the wind out of your sails. And unfortunately, it's the lesser of only TWO evils that we have as options here.

  5. Madeline FoodFitandFam
    January 20, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I love having goals to work for ... makes me feel accomplished! Currently I am training for my first 1/2 marathon since having a baby. And bruised your tailbone? OUCH. I broke mine a few years ago and I can honestly say that is the worst place ever to be sore. You don't realize how much it effects ALL your movement. Hope it's feeling better!

    • Your Inner Skinny
      January 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      @Madeline FoodFitandFam I could never do a 1/2 marathon. My body wouldn't let me plus I get BORED. I do want to do my 10K though. I had never run farther than 3 km before training and I got up to 9 before spraining my ankle 2 weeks before the race. As for my injury, I'm use to them. I've been playing competitive sports all my life and I was hit by a car while on a motorcycle, it's something I've learned to live with. Good luck on your training.

  6. janeeetha
    January 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Two hours of daylight. Yeesh. I wouldn't ever roll out of bed ;) Congrats on the 3 lbs and I hope your injuries heal up soon. Keep on keeping on! My motivation right now has everything to do with a trip to Mexico with all my co-workers and bosses. That'll do it! Have a great weekend, Scott!

    • Your Inner Skinny
      January 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      @janeeetha Can I come to Mexico with you?

      • janeeetha
        January 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        @Your Inner Skinny sure. i will pack you in my carry on. nobody will know.

  7. pure2rawtwins
    January 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I find it hard to workout when it is cold too. I did a post the other day on about getting motivated to workout in the morning. Taking one day at a time. Best of luck with you getting your abs. Keep up the good work, you can do it. I am trying to get more defined arms for my sister's wedding here in April!

    • Your Inner Skinny
      January 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      @pure2rawtwins Keep doing those handstand pushups, you'll get ripped shoulders and arms.

  8. thewellwire
    January 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Hi Scott! It's my first time here but I love your blog. I just wrote a blog post on getting motivated in the winter. I don't know how to get myself outside right now and I have been doing mostly Insanity workouts inside. But sometimes it does feel good to get a bit of fresh air ... good luck with the Burpee challenge! I could prob do 15-20 without stopping ... maybe ...

    • Your Inner Skinny
      January 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      @thewellwire Great, thanks for popping by. Good luck on your fitness goals and if you need any motivation, let me know. I enjoy yelling at people, even via the web.

  9. Se Rina
    February 15, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Ouch, now our Austrian, snow-stormy -10C don't sound so bad anymore. In fact I went for a run but actually this didn't help with motivating myself to repeat it. :) Love your blog by the way, can't stop browsing through your older posts! For me, it helps to write my workouts in my calendar and check them off, also getting my gym clothes on - even it it's just for some kettlebell swings - usually helps. Forgot about the burpee challenge today, I know I can do 12 in a row, so I'll aim for 13 tomorrow!

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