Saturday, August 12, 2006


After a year and a bit of working out, for the first time, my motivation has tanked. It was like someone flipped a switch. I feel like I could walk away and never look back. I doubt I will, but the very fact that I have this feeling surprises me.

I have heard others talk about how hard it is to get motivated to get to the gym or do whatever form of exercise they do, and I have listened, nodding... but not understanding. After I finally got comfortable in the gym, I looked forward to it... "Sarah time".

But now... I get it.

Dragged my sorry ass into the gym today, wanting to be anywhere else. I burned through a quickie workout in 45 minutes... No way I could stand my usual 1.5 to 2 hours in there.

Maybe it's that my chiropractor has been on holidays for 2 weeks and my entire body feels shattered. Maybe it's that I had every intention of being outside running this summer and injury has prevented that... and I feel "stuck" inside... Maybe it's that I'm just bored of my current workout...

Don't really know.

I was talking to A. about it today. She said, "Your motivation can't have tanked! You're my inspiration!"

Truth be told, I think we are each other's inspiration. She's one of my heroes, as much in fitness as in life.

Today she accompanied me on a little expedition which may help me to get out of the rut... Dunno...

In the meantime, I am left wondering what the hell has happened... ?


Janice said...

Hi Sarah,

I think you may just be bored with your rutine.

Is there something else you can try?

Did you get your bike yet?

Maybe a change or scenery, or even a different gym might help if it has different equipment.


angie's pink fuzzy said...

sounds like you are ebbing. the flow will begin soon. everyone/thing ebbs and flows, like the tides. whenever I start to ebb, I remind myself that it's a normal, natural process of life. It's like a law of physics.

Granny said...

I think Janice said it. Even some small changes may help.

Or it's a temporary burnout and you'll be back.

kt said...

sarah: i know w/ injury after injury and $$ down the tube in trying to diagnose & treat...i'm definitely EBBED. aargh.

i'm just SITTING here in heel pain right now.

not my usu. upbeat self, eh? sorry. I'm doing a lot of praying these days!

love ya, sarah!

Kim said...

Sarah your trainer has given you the best advice money can buy... when one goes so hard for so long, the body finally says ENOUGH and you need that break... else you will stop making progress, you are risking injury and you'll get so sick of it and that burnt out feeling if you don't take a break now that you will just stop altogether.

you'll be back next week, refreshed and strong as ever... I went thru it, still am a bit, after competition in may... prior to that it was 2 a days at the gym so I know the burnout you speak...