I’ve been feeling a little ‘off’ for a few days. Can’t quite put my finger on what’s wrong but I’ve been lacking in energy, my chest feels a little tight and I’m a bit … coughy. I’ll be honest, the last thing I’ve wanted to do since my last Spin class on Friday is exercise. (I did, however, manage to go out drinking all night on Saturday, but I’m pretty sure the two things aren’t related. Well, 80% sure.) So how do you deal with a lack of gym motivation when you feel so bleurgh? (Medical term.)


I know I have to exercise if I want to continue losing weight and firming up, but my god, I really haven’t wanted to. Do you ever get days like that?


Monday is Zumba day and the weather yesterday was atrocious. It was dark, wet and cold and I was running on 60% normal energy all day, to the point where I had to have a Nana nap at lunchtime just to make it through the rest of the day. And the same thing happened today (it’s Spin tonight.) I’m eating right, so it’s not that, so I’ve had to dig really, really frickin’ deep to motivate myself.


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So here’s what I did. I put one foot in front of the other. I took a deep breath. I put my gym gear on. I thought about how if I didn’t start the week on a good foot, it would affect my mindset for the rest of the week. Then I thought about how invigorated I feel after class, and how much fun I have during class. I thought about how well I’ve done. And how far I’ve come. I thought about the person I was vegging on the sofa last Boxing Day when I started this journey, and how I never want to feel that crap ever again. And then I found a teeny, tiny bit of motivation from the bottom of my soul (dramatic) and I got my juice bottle, my towel, my money … and then I just went.


Was it easy? Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.


But I did it anyway.


There are just some days that are always going to be harder than others and I can’t remember another time that’s been as hard to get motivated as these past few days, but I can use this as experience for the next time I feel like that. Because I will feel like this again, it’s only normal. I would like to think that my energy and general (annoying) zest for life comes across in this blog but I’m only human and I sometimes find being positive and optimistic bloody exhausting.


So the next time you feel the way I’ve been feeling lately, try and remember how I dealt with it. It might work for you, it might not, but you’ll be glad you at least tried. And I know it’s not always possible to have a lunchtime Nana nap (it truly is the best perk of working from home), but at least take ten minutes out of the day to think about everything I said above.


I’ve got Spin in two hours’ time, and I’m sat in the lounge with Friends on in the background, a few candles burning, and a chicken casserole in the slow cooker. But my gym bag is packed, I’m wearing head-to-toe lycra and I know that come 6pm I’ll be on my way to the gym. Because what’s the alternative?


The alternative is going back to being someone who was completely and utterly miserable. And I’m not going to let that happen.


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  1. You’ve nailed how to overcome the bleugh. When I felt like that I used to get changed into gym stuff, because gym stuff can’t come off until it’s sweaty. Other techniques – arranging to meet someone there, getting to know the instructors to the point they will say ‘where were you last week?’ Another way is writing a training plan in which you can tick things off. If you have the funds, a personal trainer will do wonders for your motivation & will kick your metabolism into gear. Writing all this stuff down, like you do, is also a great way to stay accountable. I am super impressed with how far you have come.

    1. I love these ideas Clare! I really do need to write up a training plan because I do a class then just potter doing a few machines in the gym with no real purpose. Have been wondering about getting a PT, but can’t afford it lol!

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