The prompt this week for Denyse’s Life This Week is Motivation. This caused me to stop and think, as motivation is a word that I have intentionally struck from my vocabulary, over recent years. Ten years ago, when I was Ambassador for Michelle Bridge’s 12wbt program, we were told by Michelle that the word motivation is not to be used. In her program Michelle often addresses the need for motivation. In her words:
“Motivation is like a bad boyfriend – never there when you need it”
Michelle would explain her opinion of the word, by saying that we are not motivated to clean our teeth, wash our car or clean our house. These are jobs that we do because they need to be done. To reach your fitness goals, exercising should just become part of every day life, and not require us to feel motivated, as there will be days that we aren’t at all motivated to exercise. If we wait for motivation to turn up, these are the days that it all falls apart. I became so used to hearing this, that it became part of my way of thinking.
The above were my first thoughts when I saw the prompt. I then went on to think about how I’m feeling at the moment. After months of feeling very ‘blah’ about things, I’m now feeling that I have my purpose back. That purpose is to be working on getting my fitness back to where it was before the pandemic struck, causing me to lose my way. I feel like I’m going ok now, however,I have quite a long way to go, to regain my previous fitness level, but I now feel that once again, I’m “training for retirement.” That makes me feel happy.
For many years, since I was quite young, I’ve been inspired by people who were still exercising in their senior years. I remember when participating in multi day rides, there would be quite a large number of people in their 80s, riding. They weren’t just riding, they were having fun. The events were fun for them because of their amazing fitness levels. I wanted that to be me, so for decades I’ve thought of these people, as they inspired me to train, and to train harder. You could say they were my motivation. I wanted to be them when I reached retirement. Now that I’m very close to retirement, I’m back working on that plan. I have more work to do, to become as fit as those ‘oldies’ that I admired when I was younger, but I’m working on it.
Setting Goals and Making A Plan
A few days ago, I listened to Sue’s podcast MAKING A PLAN. I was particularly interested because June had just begun, and I was about to go back to my old habit of setting goals for the month. Sue talked about setting goals and splitting those goals into micro goals. This is something that in the past, I always did, when working towards a goal, and it’s time I did it again. Micro goals are small goals that will ultimately lead to achieving a bigger goal. So, for each goal I set for the month of June, I will set micro goals that will eventually enable me to reach my goal. The goals listed below are only my fitness goals. I will be setting life goals also, along with micro goals to help me reach those goals. As I set my goals, I’m particularly conscious of them being measurable and achievable. My fitness goals may seem small, but they are perfect for where I am at the moment, and what is happening in my life. If I’m able to achieve these goals, they will make bigger goals possible.
Goal: Ride 80km
Week 1: Ride 20km – Done
Week 2: Ride 40km
Week 3: Ride 60km
Week 4: Ride 80km
Goal: Walk 10k
Week 1: Walk every day – Done
Week 2: Walk 5km
Week 3: Walk 7.5km
Week 4: Walk 10km
Have my clothes, gear and bike accessible and ready to go, for when I arrive home from work, so time isn’t wasted finding things.
Plan route, so that I know exactly where I plan to go.
When I get home from work, head out right away. Do not sit down for a rest first! This is one way that plans go awry. Get the work done first, and then rest.
Pre-prepare meals so there is more time for exercise after work and less chance of grabbing a less healthy option.
The above goals are the only two fitness goals that I plan to work seriously on in June. By the end of the month I will have cycled 80km in a single session and walked 10km in a single session. When that happens I will know that I have my mojo back and I will be happily ‘training for retirement’ once again.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about motivation. I love your comments and promise to reply to all.
This post is linked to Denyse’s Life This Week
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