Motivation Monday: Six Months of Workout Wisdom

After hitting the gym hard this year as my main goal for 2016, I’ve learned a heck of a lot about fitness, nutrition, and motivation.  Just over 6 months has passed and I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned, especially about motivation and the expectation vs reality aspect. When I started the year, my main goal was to be consistent.  I went to the gym no matter how I felt.  Even if I sat there and stretched or walked on a treadmill, I would consider it a win.  With nutrition the goal was to eat cleanly (I’ll...

Motivation Monday: Consistency or Change?

You’ve heard the advice before.  Be consistent to be successful over the long term.  Do the same basic things, eat less, move more, and don’t expect quick results.  It takes time to lose fat and gain muscle, and you won’t see the quick progress that you expect. On the flip side, it’s important to change it up to keep yourself interested.  Vary your exercises to keep your muscles guessing.  Your body gets used to a routine and doesn’t need to adjust after awhile, so keep changing it up and shock your system. Be consistent but change it up –  Two completely contradictory pieces of...

Motivation Monday: Forms of Distraction

What distracts you from doing the things you need to do? What keeps you from moving forward? We all know the common distractions – TV, games, alcohol, social media, etc.  But when you’re working on a particular goal, things that can seem positive can actually prevent you from achieving it.  You may not realize it, but there are plenty of counterintuitive forms of distraction. Let’s say that, like myself, you are working out at the gym, and you’re built up a pretty solid routine.  You go in the morning, go to work, and have your evenings free for other pursuits.  Now...

Motivation Monday: Seasonal Downside

I am still here.  It’s been more than a week since I’ve written a word on the digital page, meaning there is a lot to catch up on for a guy who is trying to write a blog post every day.  But it happens, sometimes there are vacations, busy weeks at work, and crises to manage.  Life happens, yet still I continue.   Today’s motivation post will talk about part of the reason for my shift, and how I may be the only person who sees a changing season as a frustration, even if it is the long-awaited Spring. If you...

Motivation Monday: Routine

“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.” – Mike Murdock                  This morning was rough.  Getting up at 5am was getting easier.  Even though I was getting up in the dark, there would be a bit of morning twilight to greet me as I left my apartment, and by the time I left the gym, the full brightness of the day had arrived for my drive to work.  I didn’t need to turn on the headlights for the drive, even in the rainy weather. The time change made it tougher.  Suddenly I was up at what my...

Motivation Monday: Balancing on the Roller Coaster

There are times in my life when I work in overdrive.  I give it my all for days or sometimes weeks at a time to get a major project done.  My motivation comes from having a deadline, and combine that with the fact that I truly hate to lose, you end up with me working for every waking minute, while ignoring some of the other necessities.  Projects around the house get sidetracked, sleep goes to the minimum I need to function, and I live at my computer. It can be tough, but I also love to revel in the glory of...

Motivation Monday: A True Day Off

Ever worked really hard for a few weeks in a row? A few days before this big influx of work you mentally prepare for it and then go-go-go the entire time during the peak period.  When it’s done you can’t believe it’s over, and as tired as you are, it feels really amazing to have accomplished so much, after all, you made it through hell! And now that you have a day off, you don’t know what to do with yourself. When you have yourself all geared up and focussed on accomplishing your goals, having a rare day off can...

Motivation Monday: Form Good Habits to Succeed Subconsciously

  “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” ―Samuel Johnson We all have our good habits and bad habits.  Some of them are conscious, like the process of cooking a meal we’ve practised several times.  Others are unconscious, like how you may be lost in thought in the shower, yet you still end up clean.  In fact we live our entire lives on a series of routines, forever following our experience of what we’ve done over and over.  This can be as small as regularly buying a paper on the...