What to do when motivation is low

Not all days are the same. Some mornings I wake up and have my sword sharpened ready to slay the day. Other days I wake up and I'm dragging ass telling myself every excuse not to get up and start the day. REAL TALK, this has been my struggle all week.

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Even after 3 years of committing to an active lifestyle of daily exercise I still wake up with those days where I just don't wanna...I'm human, I stumble, I have setbacks, and I also have the strength to pick myself up and GO! We all have these thresholds where we go through these funky moments. It's important to recognize when you're getting close to those thresholds are and assess them. Ask yourself: am I getting enough sleep, has something changed in my eating patterns, is it almost that time of the month (totally relevant)? The body is an amazing thing it's incredibly adaptable to change and can adjust itself when necessary. So if something is draining your normal energy source, take a quick moment to do some introspection. Is there something in your environment that has changed? If not, then it's all in your mind. When I said that I get this feeling almost weekly, for me it's typically around my scheduled rest days. I've been ignoring my rest days for the past few weeks and have been trying to barrel through them to "make up" for missed days in the gym due to a overcommitted schedule these days (which isn't good either). After realizing that, literally during Nine Retreat I'm going to be more intentional about my test days and even use them to not do any work both physically and mentally. 

Last night I went to bed at 8:30pm. Total grandma status! I woke up this morning snoozing through 3 out of the 5 alarms I have set on my iPhone. Despite all the rest the night before I still woke up dreading my day. My husband was awake with me and said "Look if you wake up dreading your day, you're gonna dread your day." And at that moment it clicked. My thoughts weren't on the right path the moment I was waking up. So I cleared off my energy, threw away the negative thoughts, and left the house for the gym before 6am. In the car I practiced a little gratitude and reminded myself of how awesome life is!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The mind is an incredible tool. We often don't realize how much of the mind powers our body. Bodybuilders often refer to "mind muscle connection" when it comes to training. When you make the conscious effort to engage your muscles, you turn on every fiber of your body. Imagine engaging yourself into your life and day, you turn every fiber of your being to start believing in yourself and all the limitless possibilities. Encourage yourself like you encourage others. Self empowerment is the most important exercise you can work on. || more #QAwithJO on my Instagram.

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Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.

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