This is a reason that lots of people give for giving up on fitness. We are over programmed as a culture and as a result we are exhausted! We work, live, eat, work, take care of kids, work, work on relationships, spend time with friends, fall asleep watching tv and then get up and do it all over again.
This cycle of exhaustion leaves us with little to no energy to exercise. Not to mention the emotional toll that our negative self talk plays on our psyche when we miss our goals and don't take care of ourselves. "you're fat." "you are never gonna lose this weight." "you eat like a pig." "you are so lazy!" We repeat these things to ourselves over and over in a montage of mental self defeat and then expect ourselves to operate at high efficiency when it's time to get something done in the gym. NOT GONNA HAPPEN.
First thing we all need to learn is this - YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Everyone has their own version of this treadmill to nowhere. We are all over programmed in one way or another. The sheer fact that you are not the only one dealing with this should make you feel better. It didn't? Keep reading then.
Second thing we all need to learn - TREAT YOURSELF WELL. Negative self talk is not going to help you get there. Acknowledge that you are tired, over programmed, exhausted, don't feel like it, too sick - whatever your problem is let yourself have it and stop talking to yourself in a tone that you wouldn't use on a child or a pet. Treat yourself and speak to yourself with respect. Then and only then, can you expect results.
Third thing we all need to DO (emphasis on the verb here) - PLAY WHEN HURT.
I DO NOT mean endanger your health by exercising when you are injured. What I mean is that you need to realize that sometimes you are going to have to get on the treadmill when you are tired. Sometimes you won't feel like working out. DO IT ANYWAY! There will be plenty of days, for some of you it will be more often than not, that you just won't want to do it. SO WHAT?! The best athletes play as much as then can, whenever they can because it is always better to be in the game than on the sidelines. I promise you that in the game of life, the mental boost you get when you "play when hurt" is well worth effort.
So what am I saying? I am saying, acknowledge your situation and give yourself the credit you deserve, then get off your butt, no matter how long it takes you to rise, and give it all you got. One day you will thank yourself. Let's hope that day is today.
Thanks for reading.