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No motivation (life after CB)? How to Motivate Yourself when your Motivation is Fading 
(Updated June 2020)

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Are you reviewing where you are now,  on your New Year Resolution, with regards to your committment to exercising and healthy lifestyle? 

One of the  most popular reasons is still  "one has no time" to exercise, even though it has been Circuit Breaker (CB) with supposedly  "ample time on our hands". On the contrary, ironically,  circuit breaker poses much challenges with regards to time. Working from home is not as easy breezy as we thought. We are challenged with family time and interruptions during our work-at-home hours, on top of maintaining home order. It was certainly a challenging time for many of us and for some, understandably, exhausting times.

Well, it is time to get back on track now that the stay home notice has been lifted and work life for some, has some semblance to pre-covid order.

And for those, who is still working from home, yes, it is time we focus and  re-focus the compass, on our wellbeing and our #commitmenttohealth

How to Motivate Yourself when your Motivation is Fading

1. Start now. Substitute the words "no time"  with "I am not a priority", then you will notice that your brain sees the situation differently.
2. Do you know that you slack because your mind tells you to!
When your mind tells you "you should rest from exercising because you are tired (when you are not!)", it is just suggesting an easier path.
What do you do? Wait.  Dont react. Pause.
And you will see your mind starts racing with counter arguments. It is as if there are two persons in your head, debating!
- Guilt will set in.
- your  mind will start telling you that you will feel very good about accomplishing this task once it is done.
- It is suggesting that you will respect that you are a committed person  when you stick to the schedule.
- It is suggesting that you have the ability to finish this task, even when you don’t feel like.

Solution: Remember this - Your mind justs suggests. YOU are the Boss! Your mind only gives you a suggestion, NOT an order. YOU have a choice. 
3. Discomfort Is Temporary Think about it this way : by the time an hour from now, you would be celebrating the feel-happy effects of endorphins after you exercise. Who Regrets Good Work Once It is Done? No one!

And always remember - relative to the time in your normal day or week, nearly any habit you performed is over quickly.

Maintain perspective: Your life is good and your discomfort is temporary
4. Reality bites! Be real.
We always want the easy way round. We want to bask in the limelight when good meaningful work is credited to us, but we don't want to toil. We want the win, but not the effort.

We want a chiselled body, but we do not want to grind through another workout. That's why so-called "wonder-pills" for a great body -promising no hard work, sells.

Customers a.k.a. we buy into it without reading the fine print on the bottle -  "to be accompanied by regular exercise". It is well understood that no supplements will give you the great body without you having to train for it. Reality bites!  No pills will give you the  fitness. No vitamins will give you the speed, balance and flexibility, without specific physical training.
Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” 
5. Doing, milks your motivation. Celebrate you by showing up for your exercise! 
You want to be motivated? Start something everyday.

And yet, despite our resistance to it, no one has ever found themselves feeling worse after the hard work is done. There have been days when it was extremely hard to start, but it was always worth finishing. Sometimes, the simple act of showing up and having the courage to do the work, even in an average manner, is a victory worth celebrating.
This Is Life Life is a everyday balance between giving into the ease of distractions or overcoming the pain of discipline.  Spend it in a way that will make you proud.

Yours always in good health and happiness,
Dr Dee Dee MahmoodRegional Head (RAAN ECU) & Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University Australia & a multi-award-winning TEDx Speaker, Celebrity Exercise Physiologist,  Nutritionist  and Talk Show Host.  More about Dr Dee, click:

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