[365 Days of Extraordinary] Day 84 Transcript: Getting Your Arse To The Gym, Or How To Get Motivated on Sunday!

Getting Your Arse To The Gym, Or How To Get Motivated on Sunday - Samantha Leith

Here I am Sunday morning I’m not driving, promise. I said never said I’d do that, but I’m a bit early for my gym class. I don’t want to go to the gym. I’m going to be really honest. Really, really don’t want to go. I’m tired. It’s Sunday morning I would rather be having a beautiful brunch with friends, or doing the assignments I’ve got to. Or doing some research reading, help, being back in bed. But I had to get up and get ready to drama. At the moment on my mirror I have written my three points of focus; of health, wealth, and wisdom. My health is a big thing for me at the moment. So I’m getting myself to the gym at least four times a week. I do it really begrudgingly like I truly do it begrudgingly. But I get here, and I do the class. I feel so alive and so happy because I did it.

Today’s class in particular; I kind of go, Oh, what’s important? I could do something else. Grumble, grumble, grumble. Because, Sunday is my BODYBALANCE class. And if you don’t know BODYBALANCE, is a Les Mills class, it’s like a combo of polarities and tai chi and yoga. So there’s lots of downward dogs, but there’s lots of stretching and there’s meditation and lots of balance work. And I kind of go, Oh you know, that’s not doing me much good because I’m not building up a mass of sweat and go huffy puffy, huffy puffy. But I come out of it so energized because I’ve been in flow and I’ve stretched my muscles and I’ve stretched my mind. And it’s been this slow poses [inaudible 00:01:46] and breathing and stuff, which I don’t tend to do a lot of.

So it’s a good class for me because sometimes I’m not very balanced and it actually makes me think about that. Sunday mornings instead of relaxing in bed or doing something else I want to do, I come to BODYBALANCE and I find a bit of balance. And I’m not saying this from a place of… I had a conversation with someone the other day who said, someone always talks about and therefore on my mind always talks about what they have to eat and what they’re going to do. And the gym workouts and things like that in a really negative kind of they don’t really want be doing it. But with anger, like with the vanity kind of thing, I’m not saying it like that. I’ve just wake up some days and feel like I just can’t be bothered and that’s okay. But not being bothered, the more days you’re not bothered, the harder it is to do something and the harder it is to get back into motivation.

Pinterest - I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count - Samantha LeithI remember at the beginning of the year I went to the gym for 30 days in a row. And I thought, I really thought to myself, if I stuck to them, I did it. I’d never not go to the gym again. It would be like the thing that would push me over the edge of habit forming for the gym, and it didn’t. As soon as I got busy I’ve slipped off the wagon again or there was an excuse. Or I was tired or whatever because I did it in a… I don’t think I did it with the right motivation. Okay. So with things that some people wake up and they know they feel in their bones, how amazing their gym sessions going to be and nothing, nothing’s going to stop them from going. Like it’s exciting for them. It’s energizing. It’s like, yay, let’s do this, let’s do this, let’s do this. Me? Doesn’t work like this. I need to get my motivation in another way. And doing the 30 days, 30 days wasn’t the right way for me to do it. It really wasn’t.

So I’m looking at each class I’m doing now at the gym, the different kind of, what do I get out of it? I get something different from BODYBALANCE that I get from combat or that I get from the bar class yesterday. Man, my butt! Hoof! Partly why BODYBALANCE is good today. But in the bar class I like that it takes me back to my childhood and ballet classes and dance classes and things like that. So I’m looking for different, parts of what I’m doing at the gym to motivate me and that’s what’s got me here this morning instead of going back to bed after I dropped [inaudible 00:04:26] off. Or turning on Netflix or reading a book or going to have brunch with a friend, which I might do. I might meet a friend later this afternoon cause as you know that’s really important to me.

And BODYBALANCE, balance, yes. We all need a bit more balance in our life. Work life balance is bullshit. So you can read… Read, you can watch the other live I did on that. But yeah, find what actually truly motivates you to get your ass to do things like this rather than what you’ve been told is the best way to motivate yourself. Because if you motivate yourself with external things like that, it doesn’t last like it really doesn’t last.

And me going to the gym this morning doing this balance class, isn’t about the size of my ass. It isn’t about the numbers on a scale. I truly… I know at the end of that hour, especially after the meditation, and I did that every day anyway, that that stretching was [inaudible 00:05:27] I’m going to feel great. So I found a different motivation. So if there’s something you’ve got to do, you feel like you have to do in life that you kind of want to do, but you’re finding it hard to get the motivation to it. Look for different reasons for the motivation. Really go inside rather than doing the typical, it’s going to be good for me for X, Y, or Z. Find another reason to motivate yourself. So have a great day. Happy Sunday, and I’ll talk to you all later. Bye.