Motivation Monday: Getting Started is the Hardest Part
A lot of people think I am exceptionally motivated because I wake up everyday at 5:00 am and I work out, I clean my house, I get my daughter off to school, I write, I freelance, I pay bills and then I get ready to go to work. After I come home from work I cook, I clean, I blog, I spend time with family and I attend family and/or school related events.
I have omitted 1,000 other things that I do in a 24-hour period because just thinking about them exhausts me and bores me to tears. I'll spare you.
However, I will say this, I don't think I am exceptionally motivated. I wake up at 5:00 am because I have too much to do. I don't have time to enjoy my bed, or my house or that thing called "sleeping in". I have a lot going on in my life outside of my day job, so I have to wake up extra early to take care of those things and people that rely on me. When I come from work in the evenings, I am so physically and mentally drained that I have nothing left to give. It takes everything I have to get out of my car once its parked in the garage. That's why it's important for me to get started early, because by nightfall I am just a sad shadow of myself. By starting early, I am being positive and doing my part to make it the best day possible. Plus, I love to exercise. I love the way it makes me feel. This is not as crazy at it sounds...science will back me on this one...exercise is as good for your brain and your mood as it is for your body. It's not motivation that gets me out of bed, it's survival.
The hardest part of any workout or training program is getting started. Its not the middle or the end thats tough, it's the beginning. I see myself starting over everyday, evolving, growing, getting stronger, working harder. Every morning is the same: I pull myself out of a warm bed, change into work out clothes and press play. It never gets easier, but I get better.
If you are embarking on a new fitness program or a new race training schedule, don't give up or quit when you feel overwhelmed. Instead, accept that starting is hard. It's OK to admit that and you'll feel a lot better after you do. Admit it, accept it, then push forward. You CAN do it! June is a new month. Get started!