Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Motivation, Where Forth Are Thou?

I wouldn't generally call myself a very lazy person. I mean I do have my lazy streaks in me and all that but I don't fear hard work. But of late, that lazy streak has materialized ten fold when it comes to working out. I love running. Those of you who've been reading my blog for quite sometime would know that I love running. I think I've even posted about my love for running quite a while back.

But lately, no, let me rephrase that. For quite a long while now, I've totally neglected my running. And it's all due to my laziness or rather my total lack of motivation for running. Everyday I tell myself that the moment I get home from work, I'll put on my dusty (and I really mean dusty) pair of running shoes and go for my run. But then the moment I reach home, I'll have some sort of stupid excuse for not running.

Even wifey is I think by now fed-up of my excuses for not running. Every ounce of my body feels like running but the will and desire to run just isn't there. I would put it all down to me being plain lazy. I've gone through this phase before where I stopped running for close to a whole year, then one fine day, I put on my shoes and started running fanatically again to the point of actually getting myself fit enough to go for a 10k race.

And just when I'm all fit and used to running again, the lazy bug will just creep in. It'll start with a simple excuse like, 'I'm not running today cos I need to rest my legs'. Then it'll be, 'the weather is just too hot to run'. Next it'll be, 'it looks like rain out there'. Or even, 'it's not safe to run, I might get kidnapped by aliens'. You get my drift, ya? It's all just one excuse after another.

Throughout my life, I was never a very sporty type of person. Yeah, I played football and all that but if given the choice I would have rather stayed home and slept. But there are only two real sports that I've been very passionate and fanatical about. One is running and the other was martial arts. The martial arts part I gave up a long time ago but running is still a part of me. Well, not for a while though.

I'm trying to find that spark that I need to get out there and run like before. Maybe it's cos of the lack of a running partner. I use to run with one of my best buddies a long time back. We were both (and I think he still is) fanatical about running. He used to live just a block away from me and we'd force ourselves to get up at 5.00am every morning and run for at least 9 kilometres almost every day and we both kept on pushing each other.

And it worked. When either one of us lacked motivation to run, the other would be there to build it up again. The thing is through time, work and family life got in the way and it got harder and harder for us to meet up to run. We both had odd working hours and sometimes we worked late into the early mornings and getting up at 5am was proving to be extremely difficult.

These days wifey tries to motivate me as best as she can and as much as I would love for her to run alongside me, she's not into the kind of running I do. She's more of the leisurely run kind of person. I'm more of the competitive running kind of person. But I seriously need to get out there and running again. I'm at a level where I'm completely unhealthy right now and that is not a good sign.

I even started on some indoor exercises a couple of days ago to try to motivate myself again. Well, it was for a whole 10 minutes, but at least it was way more than I've been doing the past god knows how long. I need a proper workout program but most of all what I really need is my motivation back! In my mind the need to run is there, but in my heart the desire is pretty clouded up at the moment. Any ideas on how I can find that motivation and desire again?
.

44 comments:

  1. Haaha..I used to be really lazy too...everytime there's an opportunity to exercise, there'll be plenty of excuses...

    Know what I did? Sign up for gym membership......with having to fork out fees every month, die die also have to go at least 3 times a week.... :P

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nick, when you get that answer, share it with me too, because I can't seem to re-ignite my workout regime that I stopped almost 2 years ago.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Get a dog and take your dog out for a run. They make excellent running buddies as it's either you keep up with them or risk being dragged while you hanging onto the leash :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. That was a great idea by Perky. If you had to walk the dog anyway it would force you to go.

    I hate that feeling of apathy and lethargy. You know that if you can only push yourself that one little step you'll be fine. You even know when you do you'll enjoy it but it's just pushing through that barrier to take the first step.

    Get a dog! A big one that needs lots of exercise :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I get my exercise from chasing kids around all day. LOL

    ReplyDelete
  6. Nick, running has never been one of my biggest favourites either.... I'd rather sleep than have to go out and run.

    :)

    In my old age..... *smirk* *smirk* I've realized I am such a lazy person.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Go! Go! Run for your life, Nick. Ok, that mustn't be a good motivation. How about if you think you would like to have a body build-up that of Daniel Craig and have him as inspiration to run, lol! I'm not good at this one cos I would prefer to laze and sleep than running.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Run Nick run~!
    Hahaha I think I know what you mean about finding all sorts of excuses not to exercise. *wink*

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hey me too! I have completely stopped since the last race and feel no desire to put on my running shoes. I am happy scrubbing laundry as my new workout but who am I kidding? Aiya, lazy lah...

    ReplyDelete
  10. Erniejean - Well, that's one good way of making sure you get the daily dose of exercise you need. But I'm not a gym kinda person and beside I can't afford going to a gym :D

    ReplyDelete
  11. Gallivanter - It's easy to stop but so hard to start again. You'll be the first to know when I rediscover my motivation :D

    ReplyDelete
  12. Perky - That's a great idea but then dogs cost money to maintain ... see, I've got tons of excuses already ... LOL!

    Oh and I was chased by a group ( do you call them a group?) of dogs once and you should have seen me run. Even the Flash would have lost out la .. LOL!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Gypsy - It's just that little spark to get started. Once I can find that, the rest should be easy :D

    Maybe I'll go kidnap a dog or something like you guys suggest ... LOL!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi Nick

    I thought I had your email address but couldn't find it. I just wanted to let you know that I am now blogging at

    http://romanyangel.blogspot.com

    instead of at Gypsy. I still also blog at The Theme Park though so I may still pop up as Gypsy from time to time. Can't let the old girl go altogether can I?

    ReplyDelete
  15. I so get what you saying here Nick. I was more like still find it hard to motivate myself back to workout. But i keep telling myself that im young and im not married (yet)i need to look good! Hey, i don't want to have hard time fitting into my wedding gown k...(though i don't have one yet) but yea..i wouldn't want to look like one daging lembik while walking down the aisle. You know like the queen's wave..the whole arms specially your tricep shake like someone the shook it,instead of only your palm moving???!! Horrible!

    Heh, i had a good run yesterday at my condo compound..cool! I like! Now whole leg and body ache again..sigh.

    ReplyDelete
  16. ops i forgot to put the bracket at
    (more like still) heheheh..sorry

    ReplyDelete
  17. how about setting a goal? like going for some BBQ chicken wings if you managed to run 4 days in a week..? and wifey had to make sure you really run before you get your chicken :-)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Sharon - Well, join the club then. Right now I think I'm the worlds most laziest person around ... LOL!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Marlene - Daniel Craig huh? Now that would help ... LOL! But then my laziness often overpowers everything ... :D

    ReplyDelete
  20. Jean - Wah, Santa Clause is here oredi? Hehehe ...

    ReplyDelete
  21. Jen - I'm planning to, just don't know when ... LOL!

    ReplyDelete
  22. BT - Well, at least you're getting some form of exercise :D

    ReplyDelete
  23. Gypsy - You're blogging again, cool :D I'll come check out your new blog in a bit ...

    ReplyDelete
  24. Emelda - Cool, at least you actually managed to run :D I'm still making all sorts of excuses not to run ... siggghhh ... Must push myself to actually put on my shoes and just head out!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Emelda - Hehehe ... no worries, I understood what you wrote :D

    ReplyDelete
  26. Sting - Sounds like a good idea but then I'll eat like a pig and out back the weight I lost ... hehehe ...

    ReplyDelete
  27. hehehhe...i guess you need to force yourself...rather than being so pampered...oo else let the bulldog chasing u and that make you run..hahha..lol!

    ReplyDelete
  28. I have been hanging my running shoes for months already since the time the rain season started. Now, no rain also I malas already want to go running.

    A friend suggested i join Yoga instead. Still thinking. My nap time is too precious to be cut off :P

    ReplyDelete
  29. hi there nick!!!! gosh, i haven't been here in agessss.. sorry ah.. anyway, these days, going up 1 floor also I take the lift! hahaha even worse when I'm like 40 weeks pregnant!! LOL

    ReplyDelete
  30. Please pass any motivation running ideas onto me! I need to stop eating cheese and start putting my trainers on. I keep making excuses too. There seems to be a million things I need to do before I head to the gym. But Christmas food is around the corner and I will be the size of Africa if I don't start exercising again soon...

    Sorry, I wasn't much help was I!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I am SUPER lazy.

    And there is no way I can / will work out!

    Its been YEARS since Ive done any sort of exercise, and now that its getting colder, rainier, and windy around these parts walking or running is just not an option for me!

    ReplyDelete
  32. No exercise = Fat Nick.

    How's that for motivation? ;)

    ReplyDelete
  33. Sweet-Girlicious - Getting a bulldog to chase me is probably the only way I'm going to put on my shoes and run again ... LOL!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Carol - LOL! Once you hang up your shoes you're done for cos we'll be making up excuses not to run :D

    Oh I agree, nap time is of the utmost importance ... hehehe ...

    ReplyDelete
  35. Osindak - Hey, it's been a while since I've seen you here.

    I guess we're pampered with so much convenience these days that exercising takes a back seat.

    ReplyDelete
  36. The World According To Me - Oh Christmas! As much as I love the season, I'm probably going to give you a run for you money with trying to be the size of Africa ... LOL!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Meleah - I wish it would get colder, rainier and windy here, then at least I'll have a justifiable reason for not working out ... LOL!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Perry - LOL! Yeah, that is motivation enough :D

    ReplyDelete
  39. Samalah we... I haven't been out running since my schedule has gone crazy and I really miss it. I can squeeze it in if I truly want, but no motivation also.

    I think the only way for us to get back on the running track is to just do it. Paksa only! And then once the flow is there everything should fall into place.

    I'm planning to start on Monday again. Come we together-gether? Hehehehe

    ReplyDelete
  40. Rozella - Yup, that is so true, once you take that first step, then the rest should easily fall in place :D

    Good for you! Get out there and run, as for me, well we'll see ... LOL!

    ReplyDelete
  41. I must confess I'm a lazy guy! I hate exercises of any kind...

    ReplyDelete
  42. Cidao - We all are buddy, we all are ... hehehe ...

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for leaving a comment on ANYTHING GOES!