So I have returned home to Australia with a resounding thud back to reality. Or maybe I should call it “sub-reality”, because my current reality is far worse than the one I left behind in July.
I’m not going to bore my handful of readers with the mundane details of my life, but suffice to say, it’s a family crisis* and it’s hard and there is no easy fix or solution.
For the first time in my entire training life, I couldn’t give two shits about training. This is a new feeling. I started training at the end of 2004. It’s been a pretty long and consistent obsession for me. The apathy I feel right now is rather alien.
(my sleep is extremely disordered right now too, and that is definitely not helping… I usually sleep like a log. Some nights since I’ve been back, I haven’t slept at all.)
I always preach that something is better than nothing and that you should do stuff you like, stuff you feel like doing. Or at least focus on that. The bulk of your physical training should certainly be stuff you like and feel like doing most of the time. So if you love lifting, lift! If you love yoga, do mostly yoga! If you love running… you get the drift. Sometimes, in order to reach a specific goal we have to follow a structured plan that may include things we don’t like so much. If you want to reach that specific goal, of course, you have to suck it up and just do the damn thing as prescribed. That’s a given.
But when the difference is between doing nothing and doing something, just getting out there and doing the thing you like or feel like doing always wins.
Moving always beats sitting on the couch!
Doing something always beats doing nothing!
So guess what? While I was away, I was actually itching to get back into my routine and I had all these fanciful ideas about how I was just going focus razor sharp on lifting, I was thinking about doing the Smolov Squat program, I was gonna completely ditch cardio and forget about doing any running, ever. Since, you know… apparently I don’t like running and whatever, right? Haha.
Well guess what I feel like doing today? Going out for a run! I am serious. Yes, I find this development so, so funny. Because you know, apparently I don’t like running. Make sure I don’t miss the memo on that one again, hehe.
I’m going to go out there today and run for 30 minutes or so. Because its good for me and its something and its better than sitting on the couch.
Have you ever struggled with motivation? Ever been in a rut? How did you overcome it?
* My beloved grandmother had a bad fall about 2 weeks ago and hit her head very badly… and unfortunately, the fall has induced severe dementia. It’s very unlikely she will recover to her old self. Our family is struggling, to say the least.