Sunday Weigh In

For once, I didn’t set an alarm… and I woke up at 11:30 after going to bed at midnight! Guess I needed some sleep :)

I woke up feeling a bit sluggish and not wanting at all to work out (see: 24 hour motivation), but I plodded into the bathroom to weigh in. I’m trying to do it every day, but some days I stay at Boyfriend’s where there is no scale and then I drink coffee and eat breakfat before going home, so by the time I get home, the scale won’t be accurate. A bit of background: for this challenge, we’re reporting in percentages so no one has to feel embarrassed about posting their weight. My goal is to lose 2.0% by the end of the challenge.

Day 1: Starting weight
Day 3: 0.9% lost

Whoo hoo! Almost halfway to my goal and it’s only the third day – I’m so psyched (though yes, I realize there is a lot of back and forth in weight and while I may numerically be halfway to goal, it might not be exactly half the effort/time/etc). Unfortunately, I’m still not motivated.

Why is going to the gym/eating right such a struggle? Why do I have to work so hard each day to motivate myself? I’m getting results – that should pump me up, but instead I’m just thinking, “well, I’m halfway there… maybe I can take today as a lazy day… ahem I mean a day for my muscles to recover.” However, that logic doesn’t work because I’m working different muscle groups each day – my abs haven’t been worked in two days so they’re already recovered.

Last year, going to the gym was just part of my daily routine – I went every day without really being motivated because it was like brushing my teeth. It was something I had to do before going to sleep that night. That habitual feeling carried with me even when I started traveling, so it seemed natural for me to bring my workout DVDs and use strange hotel objects for my workouts.

Can I get that habit back again?


  1. It takes about 2 weeks to form a new habit, so stick with the routine for 2 weeks, and it will get easier! Since you’ve done it before, you can certainly do it again. Good luck, Ana-Maria

  2. I know what you mean. It feels like it takes months to get into the habit and only a week to lose it!

  3. I know what you mean about the habit. I’m feeling the same about running. I think you just have to force it for a while..kind of like training wheels?

  4. I was running just because that’s what I did 4 days a week before I was injured. Although I still love it, it’s harder to get motivated now – although it gets easier every time. And since I’ve been missing my early morning workouts at the gym the last couple of weeks (due to snow), I’m both missing them & dreading getting up at 5:30 tomorrow morning to hit the gym.

    Congrats on being half way to goal!

  5. Good luck on the challenge! My guess is since you’re already active, it will be harder for you to trim down further.

    Did you put rocks in your pockets for the initial weigh-in? :)

  6. I know exactly what you mean. That’s why I’m so adamant about finding a new gym near my work, so that I don’t lose the routine of going to the gym everyday. It’s so hard to get back on track.

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