Finding Motivation

Yep that’s me
In recent months I’ve become lazy.  Yes I’ve had injuries, but I’ve used these as an excuse to be lazy and to comfort eat.  It’s gotten me nowhere.  I recently discovered I’d also become a bit of a whinge, it’s saying something when you notice it about yourself.  I’m not sure if it’s because I spend too much time on places like facebook reading various status updates on all the things that are wrong with my various friends, or on twitter reading the woes of the world.  This does not help with my motivation, it actually helps with my justification for being lazy!  So what have I done about it?

For those of you that don’t know, I am going to the WIDA British Championships this weekend!  What is that about?  It’s a national Irish Dancing competition that takes place over Saturday & Sunday.  If you that follow me on Instagram, you may know that I have injured myself – cartilage damage to my right knee.  So surely I have an excuse not to dance?  Probably.  I want to dance.

So I decided it was more important for me to get back on my feet and get moving.  I’ve been doing core workouts that don’t put too much strain on my knee.  I need that core strong to give me some air on my jumps and to keep me strong enough to retain my form.  I’ve been making sure I do my physio everyday.  When I’m tired after work and don’t want to dance, I remember that the people I am competing against are probably practicing.  I make myself move as I know I’ll love it once I start.  I do it because I love it, I just need to remind myself.

I’ve stopped going to facebook quite as much.  I don’t read the negative nonsense quite as much, I do still offer sympathy to my friends that I know need a hand up and try to avoid those that are just looking for attention.  I try to keep focused on my goals.

It’s not been an easy thing at all.  It was hard not to get disheartened when I picked up an annoying stomach/cold bug from work last week, I still managed to fit in two training sessions when I felt I couldn’t.  I loaded myself with all the good foods and decided I didn’t have time.  I’m now almost better, that’s record time for me!

My main aim for the weekend is to get through the competitions safely and to give it all I have.  If I place, I’ll be ecstatic.  If I don’t, at least I know I did all I could.  I’m dancing later because I want to get up on that stage and know that I’ve given it all I could with no regrets.  Shoulda Coulda Woulda won’t win.

My question to you is, are you missing out on something wonderful because you “can’t” get there?  Because of an excuse of some sort?  Now I’m aware some folks have serious, legitimate reasons for being unable to do certain things.  Although after watching someone like Arthur Boorman who decided to sort himself out and walk without leg braces or crutches,  I want to know if there is another way.  If you want something enough there is always another way.

Now I’m not the biggest fan of cheesy stuff, but I reckon if he can get up and moving, I without doubt can.  I know it’s hard to hold on to motivation.  I’ve managed to lose mine and then find it repeatedly.  Life has a knack of getting in the way!  The way I keep finding it is by doing something I love and by continuing to set goals for myself, rather than giving up entirely I just dust myself off and try again.  I also compare myself to others fitness wise and think, well if they can do it, so can I.  I also tell myself off when I catch myself whinging, as the saying goes, “Get a Grip”.

I love the video below, I often play it before I go training (yep bring on the cheese).  It reminds me of what I want, sometimes you just need someone to tell you that you can do it and remind you that it requires hard work to get it.  I’ve found something that gets me moving.  Have you?  Tell me what it is, let’s share.  We might help each other along the way.  What are your goals?

This is a bit of a random post, but I felt like sharing.  Share your story.
Thanks for reading!

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