Sheri Johnson, on 15 November 2011 - 04:16 PM, said:
Tiza - I know what you mean about getting bored with a program. I used to dabble in programs and when I got bored I'd just move onto a different one. But there is no feeling like when you finish the challenge of a full program. It is important to not feel bored but I also don't want you to short-change yourself and miss out on that feeling of accomplishing something big that so many people have not finished. What programs do you have now? (I heard you mention Turbo Jam.) One thing that might really inspire you is to get you involved with someone or in a group of people who are doing the same thing. When you can compare your day to day workout with someone who is going through exactly what you are it really has a way of inspiring you. It helps keep people from giving up because they have someone to answer to. Are you thinking of ChaLEAN? I have a group starting P90X soon (I will be starting my 2nd round with them) and another group starting (possibly) Slim in 6, they are still deciding on a program that is markedly easier than P90X/Insanity/etc. (My mom will be orchestrating & motivating that group, Go Mom!!) I'm still trying to organize it in the best way because I want so much for everyone to succeed. Maybe you just haven't found your favorite program yet, or maybe mixing up different stuff is what you need to do now to keep it interesting. One really good thing about having a program is it's harder to skip a workout because you feel like you are messing up your program timeline. If you are doing your own stuff it's easier to take an impromptu day off (I know this from experience!) When I start to feel unmotivated I either 1)Push through, just do it anyway and once I start it's usually not as dreadful as I imagined. 2)Buy myself a new toy to make it fun (such as a new workout outfit or piece of equipment to use with your workout.) 3)Add in something new and challenging, such as striving for one more rep on each exercise or totally mixing it up like adding in a little challenge like 4 minutes of jump rope intervals in the morning. You might start feeling pumped and get excited to see more results, thus pushing harder on your workouts. You can also get creative and seasonal. Pack up some hot tea and round up the fam (or yourself if no one is being cooperative) and take a walk to enjoy the leaves. Go explore something you've been wanting to explore. Go mall walking to plan for Christmas gifts. Go out into your yard and look like a crazy person by doing walking lunges from one tree to the next (I've been planning on doing yard exercises too, my neighbors will certainly wonder!). Try to think of something, anything that is athletic that sounds fun or intriguing to do. Taiko was an excellent choice!
*hugssss Sheri* Thanks for the little pep talk and suggestions!! Currently, I am doing the TurboJam workouts (I have both the regular TJ DVDs plus the Fat Burning Elite add-on), and will mix up the routines depending on my energy & hunger levels when I get home from work. On the nights that I can't bring myself to doing one of those videos, I either go for a walk or ride my recumbent bike. Looking through my Beachbody history, it looks like I started TJ back in mid-July, and I started getting bored (or lazy) in September. Right now I am considering getting ChaLEAN, especially after hearing Conda talk about the workouts and how great
she feels afterwards. (I hope she wasn't trying to keep that a secret
Taiko class has been one of the best things I've done for myself lately. Although usually I am incredibly
sore the following day.... which makes me think that the muscles in my arms & legs could use a lot more strength exercises. I only have 1 month of taiko classes left.
I really really hope they offer another class in the spring! I don't care if I have to take the beginner's class over again.. I'll do it! I'm LOVING both the musical aspect and the physical aspect. It's all I can think about and talk about lately.
I actually have a colleague at work who exercises daily. Every morning the two of us compare our workouts and aches/pains. The gym she attends is too far from me, otherwise I'd think about joining her for the classees she takes. Well... yesterday we started talking about Beachbody workouts, and she mentioned that she might ask her mom for P90X for Christmas. I told her I was looking at ChaLEAN, so she hopped online to look it up. So now she doesn't know which program she'll get. I jokingly said that I'll get ChaLEAN and she can get P90X, and then after 90 days we'll switch. So I might be stuck
P.S. I feel the need to mention that my colleague is a skinny, very fit person....who found Jillian's 30-Day Shred DVDs TOO EASY!! So her aches & pains aren't quite the same level as mine
I enjoy commiserating with my SG Shred ladies instead
This post has been edited by tiza126: 15 November 2011 - 07:42 PM