Rediscovering the Passion

I have found recently that my motivation levels have started to drop when it has come to my training. I am not sure why this is, but I have whittled it down to a few things and thought I would write them down and see what kind of feedback I get from my devoted readers (you know who you are):

  1. New Job    I think we all have had this issue at some point, whether it’s a new job or an old one. We like to think that we have become these motivated machines and vow to not let anything stand in our way on our journey to healthiness, but then the meetings start. You know the ones. The ones that your boss calls at 4:00 in the afternoon because they start work at 9:00 and work until 6:00, forgetting you start at 7:00 and are scheduled to leave at 4:00 (a schedule chosen because your training would be easier). Then once in the meeting you end up with 10 new projects, which have to be updated before THEIR meeting the next morning, so after the meeting ends at 6:00 (enough time for THEM to leave on schedule), you are stuck there updating everything until 7:00. You CAN’T say NO, because you’re still in probation period and are proving yourself.
  2. Training Partner’s Stress   We all have our own stresses, and that goes for those we train with. When we start to depend on them for the strength and support they provide, it becomes difficult to “go it alone” when they have issues they have to deal with; job, family, illness. 
  3. Progress Stalemate   It’s great at the beginning because you lose weight fast, you see huge gains in ace on the bike, in the swim, on the run. But it gets harder when you get to a point, a barrier, when you aren’t losing weight any longer even though you work as hard and eat the same way. Personally I have been bouncing between 242 and 244 for 6 months now. I KNOW I am not supposed to focus on the scale, but it shouldn’t still be stuck there. When I started really running in January I couldn’t maintain a 20:00 pace. Now I can run/walk a 12:30 pace, so the weight should be dropping. I burn 2000 calories in one run, but gain weight. It is very frustrating.

So, I have my first half marathon in two days, my training partner has had food poisoning or something for five days and is not even sure she can go for it (I am betting she does though) and the excitement I had for the race and the accomplishment I can feel waning in my head. I need to rekindle the need and the want, but not sure how to do it.

2 thoughts on “Rediscovering the Passion

  • September 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm
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    Hello JC,
    I can't relate to #1 but I can with #2 and specially with #3!!!
    All I can say is; “Keep on Keeping on” I guess what helps me going is when I look back at who I use to be, it's like I was there for everyone else and I let myself go…I know now that I will NEVER go back to that! Just look at all that you've accomplished and your progress! You've come a long way, so keep your head up! Have fun this weekend, kick ass ;)Come on!!!! Just do it and act like tennis shoe-Whoop whoop! I'm going to close this with a motivational saying from a very dear dear friend of mine. She is an Ironman and when I was down and feeling like what's the point? She helped me see things from a different perspective and told me to “Pay it Forward” so here it goes:

    Life is a journey in which you pick and choose your travels….taking the high road is harder and more challenging, yet the rewards are immeasurable…I aim high and work hard at reaching my destination…what about you?

    Each day we are given the opportunity to learn something about ourselves and to leave something behind for others to carry on…striving to become something doesn't mean forgetting the journey or ignoring those along the way…it means with each passing moment an experience is created which we can either use to propel us forward…or we can remain stagnant and resistant to change….Our lives are determined by the CHOICES we make…not the CHANCES we take….

    Which will you choose?

    My philosophy of life is simple…Love God with all your heart…Love your family with all your heart and love the WORLD with all your heart…everything else will take care of itself….

    Becoming an IRONMAN is not a gift in itself…the gift comes from the willingness and the determination of faith in knowing that you get out of life what you put into it…Faith without Work is NOTHING!….

    I work hard…I play harder…and I live life to the absolute fullest every minute of everyday…what about you?…Are you going to sit on your ass the rest of your life and complain about the hand you were dealt…. or are you going to get up…give God a chance…. and take control of your life…What the Hell are you waiting for?????? (April Harstook)

  • September 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm
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    Hello JC,
    I can't relate to #1 but I can with #2 and specially with #3!!!
    All I can say is; “Keep on Keeping on” I guess what helps me going is when I look back at who I use to be, it's like I was there for everyone else and I let myself go…I know now that I will NEVER go back to that! Just look at all that you've accomplished and your progress! You've come a long way, so keep your head up! Have fun this weekend, kick ass ;)Come on!!!! Just do it and act like tennis shoe-Whoop whoop! I'm going to close this with a motivational saying from a very dear dear friend of mine. She is an Ironman and when I was down and feeling like what's the point? She helped me see things from a different perspective and told me to “Pay it Forward” so here it goes:

    Life is a journey in which you pick and choose your travels….taking the high road is harder and more challenging, yet the rewards are immeasurable…I aim high and work hard at reaching my destination…what about you?

    Each day we are given the opportunity to learn something about ourselves and to leave something behind for others to carry on…striving to become something doesn't mean forgetting the journey or ignoring those along the way…it means with each passing moment an experience is created which we can either use to propel us forward…or we can remain stagnant and resistant to change….Our lives are determined by the CHOICES we make…not the CHANCES we take….

    Which will you choose?

    My philosophy of life is simple…Love God with all your heart…Love your family with all your heart and love the WORLD with all your heart…everything else will take care of itself….

    Becoming an IRONMAN is not a gift in itself…the gift comes from the willingness and the determination of faith in knowing that you get out of life what you put into it…Faith without Work is NOTHING!….

    I work hard…I play harder…and I live life to the absolute fullest every minute of everyday…what about you?…Are you going to sit on your ass the rest of your life and complain about the hand you were dealt…. or are you going to get up…give God a chance…. and take control of your life…What the Hell are you waiting for?????? (April Harstook)

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