Motivation is So Overrated
One of my favorite reality shows on TV is The Biggest Loser. The dedication, commitment and determination of the people on that show is so amazing it leaves me inspired every single episode. There are stories of people losing weight all over the place… like Tyler, who started a blog to document his weight loss journey, to help others doing the same and to keep himself accountable (http://www.344pounds.com). The following is an excerpt from his blog that I found particularly relevant (thanks Ross!):
Motivation is so overrated.
You just need to decide to earn your new life. Nobody is going to give it to you. Motivation is so overrated — it’s not a requisite for losing weight or obtaining your goals. I’ll say that again: you don’t need motivation to lose weight. You don’t feel like going to the gym tonight? Tired, have a headache? Tough. I slept about 6 hours last night and will end up working 10 hours today, getting off around 5 and coming home to cook dinner for the wife. After an hour or two of quality time (cooking, cleaning), I’ll leave my warm, cozy house and family behind to go to the gym and leave my heart on the floor. Around 9, I’ll come back home to find my daughter already asleep and my wife soon thereafter.
Once back home, I’ll stay up until close to midnight replying to e-mails and preparing tomorrow’s lunch, typically a turkey sandwich with chips or maybe something like a tuna sandwich or PB&J. It depends on the mood.
Nothing exciting. Nothing that keeps me motivated. But I’ll leave it all on the floor of my gym every single night because that’s how I’ll reach my goals.
And I will reach my goals.
For now, don’t worry about motivation. It’s not necessary. All that’s required of you is to leave it all on the gym floor every single time.
Show me what you can do. Show your friends. Family. Yourself.
Choose your PR (personal record)
– go for one, two or three records
Tabata Mash Up:
Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (75/55)
– Repeat this sequence 8 times: 20 seconds of SDLHP, 10 sec rest, 20 sec of Thrusters, 10 sec rest