The first few weeks of any weight loss program can be easy. Results are fast, everything is new and exciting. Turning down temptations and hitting the gym feels fantastic! The first few pounds and inches come off, and it's gravy, baby.
But then a few months go by. And things start to get...routine. That excitement of achieving something - another 10 minutes on the treadmill, another kilometer run, another pound lost or dress size down - starts to waver a little bit.
I think that part of the reason that I'm feeling my motivation to finish the 30 Day Shred waver is that sense of routine settling in. It's not exciting. It's challenging - god, it's hard! But it's not novel and thrilling anymore. In fact, sometimes, it's boring.
I've done the workout two more times since I wrote last week about not being sure if I could finish it this month. I've got 3 more workouts to do to meet the 10 I'm aiming for, but I'm going to be satisfied if I make it to 8. I've decided to cut out the goal of starting Level 3 of the 30 Day Shred this month, and try a few different things instead, like a cool water workout I found in a magazine. I need more variety, and feeling like I 'have to' do something often makes me want to do ANYTHING but.
Same with my diet. I had salads for lunch just about every day for two months, and now I'm just disinterested. Instead of turning to fatty fast food or unhealthy, empty calories, I'm trying to come up with some fresh ideas. I've been buying seasonal fruits and vegetables, and trying out new recipes to stay motivated.
I think it's important to recognize this about myself. When the bloom starts to come off the rose, it's crucial to find something else to keep yourself going. I'm 16.2 lbs closer to my goal weight, and I don't want to give up now because it's not as easy as it used to be.
Do you thrive on routine, or do you need to mix it up constantly? What do you do to stay motivated for the long term?