How do you get motivated?

I’m sorry to say … I’ve fallen off the wagon. I started strong, but I fell face first in a pile of stinky horse dung.

I have no one to blame but myself. I can’t seem to find the motivation. Either that or there’s a magnet in my bed and another in my fuzzy pj pants because I just can’t drag my ass out of bed at 5am. I have been getting up between 5:30am and 5:45am for a while now, but that other half hour (to 45 min) … I just can’t seem to do it.

I thought that spending $100 on a Wii Fit would motivate me. Nope.

I’d love to join a health club and get a personal trainer, but I just don’t have the money for that (especially since I want to buy a house). So I’m left to my own devices to find the motivation. And clearly I’m failing.

So … how do you get motivated to work out? Be it in the morning or in the evening or whenever. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.


  1. Here’s what works for me. It’s a bit geared towards running, but I think it will generalize somewhat well.

    Big goals force me to work hard. This year I want to run 3 ultra marathons and do a half iron man. I have to stay focused because the goal is so aggressive.

    Find a community that’s supportive. I’ve made many friends in the local running community and there’s a few groups I regularly run with. I like to spend time with these people, and running is a good way to do it. It’s not working out, it’s hanging out with friends. When I want to sleep in I know my friends will be waiting for me and miss me if I’m not there.

    Be competitive. I log my workouts on It’s like facebook for workouts. I can see my friends workouts and try to not fall far behind. I’m also in a biggest loser contest at the moment that is helping me stay focused on eating well.

    Stick with it. Erin and I just started swimming (literally 2 days ago). We suck at it, to the point of being embarrassed at the pool. We both laughed it off because we remember what it was like when we first started to run, trying to make it 5 minutes on a treadmill and not even able to do that. Things will get easier, you will improve, you just need to stick with it.

    I hope this helps. Please let me know if you want me to go into more detail or it there’s any other question I can answer in regards to this.

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