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Lots of people think that to be a “motivated” person, you must feel enthusiastic and dedicated to work out every single day.  If you don’t, you are clearly not motivated and there is definitely something wrong with you. 


The trouble with this thought process is that there is very little room for error or rest or just laziness.   It’s practically impossible to ALWAYS be motivated.   So, if you operate under this thought process and you don’t feel like working out, you feel guilty (“WHY CAN’T I BE LIKE THE HONEY BADGER?!”).  Feeling guilty is NEVER good, in my opinion, because you just end up self-sabotaging.


Impossible, yo:Impossible

On the other hand, you could look at motivation like this:


Sure, there may be some days that you feel like a sloth and other days you feel like a honey badger, but the goal is to be motivated more days than not.  Right?  Because if you average it out, your overall motivation level (and thus the frequency of your workouts) will actually be pretty high.   And hey, you might actually ENJOY working out because you’re not beating yourself up on the days you don’t want to sweat.


So – the question is:  if you allow yourself to feel unmotivated and embrace the inner sloth every now and then, how do you handle the dips in motivation without completely going off the rails?   This, my friends, is the million dollar question!


One way to rally up feelings of motivation is simply: FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT (here are my other tips for getting and staying motivated).


This morning, I felt like this:


But I wanted to feel like this:


So I literally talked myself into driving to the pool, chanting aloud in the car “Energy begets energy. You LOVE swimming! You LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  Swimming is SOOOO much fun.  You are going to have a blasty.  You feel SO awake.” 


And you know what?  It kind of worked!  By the time I got to the pool, I was my normal, motivated self.  So much of getting motivated is NOT letting yourself fall into a negative mindset.  It’s too easy to say, “I haven’t felt motivated in days.  Clearly, I have a problem and am an unmotivated person.”  When you start thinking like that, you never have an upswing in motivation. 


800 meters, done and done.


Pre-workout snack:


Post-workout fruit smoothie:


I clean up quite nicely, don’t I?


Thank goodness for brushes and blow dryers.  



  • Heather @ Dietitian on the Run June 21, 2011, 11:50 am

    That’s about the same way I felt while rolling out of bed to meet a run group this morning! Group motivation works some magic at 5:30 a.m. 😉 As does a post-workout smoothie promise!

    The honey badger is CRAZY – laughed so freakin’ hard the first time I watched that, mostly because of the awesome narration.

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove June 21, 2011, 11:50 am

    This morning I was the same way! I didn’t want to get out of bed because my legs are killing me. So I compromised, an extra 15 mins of sleep and no TRX but a good sweaty bike and lifting session instead.

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing June 21, 2011, 11:51 am

    I always appreciate your motivation posts, Caitlin. I use your the little tips threaded throughout this blog on a regular basis, fo sho. Good reminders! Also. I can make myself do just about any workout, regardless of motivation, with the promise of a smoothie afterwards 😉 Winning.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin June 21, 2011, 11:51 am

    Hahaha I wish so bad I could have been in the car with you to hear your self pep talk!

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe June 21, 2011, 11:52 am

    This is both awesome and hilarious. I cannot believe you actually made an informative graph measuring motivation over time on a scale of sloth to honey badger. You win today. 🙂

  • Dori June 21, 2011, 11:53 am

    You do clean up nicely. I am always envious of your straight hair!

    • Caitlin June 21, 2011, 3:04 pm

      I am envious of your curly hair!

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 21, 2011, 11:54 am

    Haha I love this post! And yes, you clean up very well 🙂

    I totally agree with not being able to be motivated every day. I definitely have those days when I really just don’t want to work out, so instead of beating myself up about it, I just tell myself that if I don’t run today, I should at least get out and walk around the mall, ride my bike to a friend’s house, or walk around a local park. Since I make some sort of exercise a priority everyday, I know I’ll at least get some kind of exercise, no matter what.

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  • chloe @ 321delish June 21, 2011, 11:55 am

    it always amazes me how motivation fluctuates! Some days I feel like I could run a marathon and others I wish my running shoes were eaten by the dog.

  • The Teenage Taste June 21, 2011, 11:55 am

    My energy is definitely all over the place. Some days I feel like I could run forever and others I have to struggle to get 3 miles done. Glad you were able to get your workout in, Caitlin. Post-workout snacks are always wonderful motivation. 😉

  • Chelsea @ Go Chelsea Go! June 21, 2011, 11:56 am

    I always wish I could be the honey badger, but I seem to only get motivation in the mid-day/late evening! I really want to be a morning workout person, but I’m a total sloth then!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) June 21, 2011, 11:59 am

    Fake it till you make it/you are what you tell yourself you are. If you tell yourself over and over that you “just aren’t motivated,” you will never be motivated again.

    What was it that Nike said? JUST DO IT. Nice work hauling yourself to the pool.

  • Morgan @ Endorphaholic June 21, 2011, 12:00 pm

    I love the before and after motivation pics, too funny! That’s definitely how I’m feeling. We only have an outdoor pool, so motivating myself to get out in this grey weather is clutch.

  • Sarah for Real June 21, 2011, 12:00 pm

    I love your top! Where from?

    And for the record, I think you’re adorable pre-brushes and blow dryers too 🙂

    • Caitlin June 21, 2011, 3:05 pm

      It’s a dress from Old Navy.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 21, 2011, 12:00 pm

    Last night I planned to just go home after weight training but then told myself: Just do 5 minutes on the spinning bike. Somehow 5 minutes turned to 10 then 20 then 30 and before I knew it I finished a full HIIT workout.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me June 21, 2011, 12:01 pm

    I jump off and get on the wagon on and off. Mostly I need a pep talk. Exercise really does make me feel better overall, whether that’s mood, tummy etc.

    • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me June 21, 2011, 12:02 pm

      God that first sentence was redundant. Basically I’m saying I’m on and off with my motivation haha!

      • Caitlin June 21, 2011, 3:05 pm

        Hahah I feel ya.

  • hippierunner June 21, 2011, 12:01 pm

    I love that you talked yourself up; that is awesome! You do clean up nice! 😉

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life June 21, 2011, 12:01 pm

    Omg I am in The middle of this right now this week I have been lacking some serious motivation…. but I’m going to push through! Thanks!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 21, 2011, 12:01 pm

    I need to start some chants right now to motivate myself to write this damn proposal for work! “You don’t make a sale unless you complete this proposal, you don’t make a sale unless you complete this proposal” haha

    • Caitlin June 21, 2011, 3:05 pm

      How’s the proposal?

    • Caitlin June 21, 2011, 3:06 pm

      How’s the proposal going?

  • Bee Goes Bananas June 21, 2011, 12:02 pm

    Lol your pictures are hilarious!! I’m totally that second graph. All the time…

  • Amy June 21, 2011, 12:03 pm

    baha “You are going to have a blasty” I love it! Last weekend I had to push and shove myself onto an elliptical, muttering the phrase “you NEVER regret a workout” over and over. It worked! Glad you swam!

  • Beth (Well I'll Be) June 21, 2011, 12:03 pm

    I was totally lacking motivation this morning, but mostly to get out of bed. I kept telling myself “the hardest part is getting up”. I think next time though I’ll use your car chanting technique!

  • Val @ Balancing Val June 21, 2011, 12:03 pm

    There is always a few days in a month that i have zero motivation and I am soooooo tired.

    I seriously feel like something is wrong with me!

    Then I found out it’s always the week in between ovulating and getting girl time.

    Your body takes. A lot of energy to make things happen in that department and it often leaves you with less.

    Instead of trying to fight against it, I try and accept it more and just give myself the extra rest it needs.

    Not sure if that’s what’s going on with you but that’s always the case for me 🙂

    • Caitlin June 21, 2011, 3:07 pm

      Interesting that you’ve tied the lack of energy to your period timing!

      • D June 21, 2011, 3:55 pm

        Yep, that happens to me too!

        I wake up at 6:00 on the dot every morning so that i can hit the gym, and swing by starbucks before work, and have tons of energy. but for about 3-4 days a month, i seriously can’t drag myself out of bed before 7:30 and often want to take a nap after work.

        while this SUCKS (as does the following few days), i sort of love knowing that my body is functioning and doing everything right each month.

  • Veronica (Run Write Repeat) June 21, 2011, 12:04 pm

    “fake it till you make it” is the way to go! i tell that to my girls in ED recovery, as well as to myself when I would rather do anything but exercise.

  • monicanelsonfitness June 21, 2011, 12:04 pm

    I loved this, you are just awesome. Yes, talking your way through things does help. “I think I can… I think I can… I think I can…” haha. Remember The Lil Engine that Could?

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness June 21, 2011, 12:04 pm

    You are so right, motivation ebbs and flows completely, and accepting and not stressing about that is really important 🙂 I’m a total sloth in the evening, but bright and bouncy in the morning…your body’s natural rhythyms (sp?) probably have a huge difference on one’s perceived motivation levels. Congrats for the early bird workout session this morning, and talking yourself into a positive frame of mind! 😀 xyx

  • Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 21, 2011, 12:06 pm

    Talking it into yourself is the best trick I know of!! Repetitions of affirmations, or just positive, encouraging words makes me feel like I WANT to do it. And yes, embracing your inner sloth occasionally is a great thing.

  • Kara June 21, 2011, 12:07 pm

    I find that time restraints motivate me. For instance, I want to run during nap time, so that means I need to be ready to go and hurry up if I want to get my mileage done. That’s way more motivating to me than having all the time in the world to run.

  • Nicole June 21, 2011, 12:10 pm

    I want to be a honey badger when I grow up.

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) June 21, 2011, 12:10 pm

    I’m a huge self-guilter (just made that term up.) For some reason it’s easier to remember when I don’t work out than when I do. I love the weekly recaps to remind me…”Hey, look, I ran 3 times this week and foam rolled once. Not too shabby!” Instead of thinking, “I didn’t run 4 days, so if I round up I was lazy all week.”

    • JenATX June 21, 2011, 5:39 pm

      wow, i didn’t even realize I was doing the same thing until I just read that. I let that one day of being lazy nag at the back of my mind instead of feeling positive about the fact that I wanted to work out all those other days.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun June 21, 2011, 12:14 pm

    I definitely have less motivated days. I go with like you said and focus on the overall look of my motivation. Do I get things done more often than not? I know I do, so I feel fine with the occasional sloth day. Although I do like pushing through when I know I will feel better for it too.

  • Steph June 21, 2011, 12:18 pm

    I seriously love your blog and those two photos of you on the way to the pool made my day!! Awesome!

    • Caitlin June 21, 2011, 3:08 pm


  • Hillary June 21, 2011, 12:21 pm

    I really have to fake it until I make it some days; I like to keep my workouts consistent (even if I’m not feeling into them) because if I take too many days off of working out, I tend to lose my overall motivation very quickly. It just becomes easier to say “eh, I’ll nap instead!” In my mind, any workout is better than no workout, so if I’m not feeling pumped, I’ll go easy on myself—a walk, a game of frisbee or catch, etc. I don’t have to go balls to the wall every day, but consistency is key for me!

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good June 21, 2011, 12:21 pm

    It’s realistic that we won’t feel motivated every single day. It’s realistic that we’ll have less active days sometimes. But, remembering how good it feels *after* a workout can be very motivating. As can being committed to an event that requires training. That’s my very best motivation. And I love the way you talked yourself up, Caitlin!

  • Kristina June 21, 2011, 12:21 pm

    I definitely try to avoid the guilt pitfall because that is NO fun.
    Lots of times, when I’m feeling totally unmotivated, I will ask myself if I need a break. Even if it means TWO days of laziness (gasp!) because I’m really physically and/or mentally tired. Also, if I’m training for an event, can I make up a work out or is it “lost” completely?

    • Caitlin June 21, 2011, 3:11 pm

      I think it means you lost it completely, but that’s okay because training plans build in some room for skipped days.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 21, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Definitely going to try this today. My motivation is on summer break 🙂

  • Kris @ tryingtotri June 21, 2011, 12:24 pm

    Sometimes I tell myself to shut up and run, lol! Other times, I’ll trade a bike for a swim, or a run, I mix it up if one is more appealing than another on a particular day.

    And sometimes, I’m lazy, do nothing, and remind myself tomorrow is a new day!

  • Kate June 21, 2011, 12:29 pm

    Ahhh….motivation. {Something I am generally lacking most days.} I agree with the “Fake it til you make it” mentality. Thanks for the reminder, I’m going to utilize that tactic today!

    Another thing I took out of this post is that I should swim more! 😉 Thanks for that.

  • Monika @ Powered by Paprika June 21, 2011, 12:29 pm

    Love your facial expressions! Hah!

  • Megan (Running Foodie) June 21, 2011, 12:31 pm

    This is a SUPER nerdy comment and has nothing to do with your missing motivation, but “wherefore” actually means “why!” I am an English teacher and every year when I teach “Romeo and Juliet,” I have to break it to my students that in the balcony scene Romeo is not saying “WHERE are you Juliet?” but “WHY are you Juliet?” As in, “Why do you have to be a Capulet and my enemy?” Anyway, good luck finding that workout motivation!

    • CaitlinHTP June 21, 2011, 12:35 pm

      That. is. awesome!

      learn something new everyday!

    • Mia June 21, 2011, 12:35 pm

      ugh! why does Shakespeare have to be so difficult to understand?? I never actually knew that!

      • Megan (Running Foodie) June 21, 2011, 12:45 pm

        I didn’t know it either until I started teaching and saw it in my teacher’s edition!

        • Allison @ Happy Tales June 21, 2011, 2:06 pm

          Whoa, that’s actually really interesting! I always love random doses of trivia

  • Sarah June 21, 2011, 12:32 pm

    I think I could use your advice with cleaning my house- it needs a full-on scrub down. It’s a little overwhelming at times, but I think I’ll go get started (faking it) now. I know I’ll be happier for it!

  • Mia June 21, 2011, 12:34 pm

    my method is drag my butt to the gym even if I don’t feel like it and tell my self ‘see how you feel when you get there’. I can honestly say that 100% times after I start working out I start feeling better, so it’s always worth erring on the side of working out rather than staying on the couch. I also motivate my self by reminding my self that rest days can become addicting, and being sedentary is not an addiction I would like to have, because I care about my health.

  • Tracy June 21, 2011, 12:37 pm

    I love this post! First off, you’ve got a honey badger reference (HB, FTW!), then you’ve got good advice (“fake it ’til you make it” FTW!), and comedy (the pictures… OMG, your hair – if I didn’t know you had gorgeous hair, I would look at those pics and think, “what is up with her hair?!”) (Crazy hair, FTW!). And, yes, you do clean up quite nicely. Cute top, FTW!

    • Caitlin June 21, 2011, 3:11 pm

      <3 <3

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 21, 2011, 12:37 pm

    ahhaa – you’re too funny. I do the fake it til I make it quite a lot as well! I’m usually very motivated in the beginning of the week and if I make a plan. Otherwise, not so much!

  • Kimberly June 21, 2011, 12:51 pm

    Love it! In 3rd grade I was failing math…my Dad told me to repeat “I love math” over and over again. I did, and the next year I not only passed math but got into the advanced class. I still hate math…but at least I can do it now! Thanks Dad 🙂

  • Amber K June 21, 2011, 12:51 pm

    Man, if I waited until I felt motivated to work out, I never would! It’s all about getting yourself out there and just DOING it! 🙂

  • Nathalie June 21, 2011, 12:53 pm

    Hehe, you do indeed ma’am 😉 Great before and after 🙂 Nice way of looking at the motivation thing too! Must check out that honey badger thing now…

  • Chelsea June 21, 2011, 12:57 pm

    Great post ! Love those pictures in the car. When I am not motivated I try and remember how GREAT I feel after I workout. “You never regret a workout!”

    PS – you do clean up very nicely!

  • shah'ada June 21, 2011, 1:01 pm

    One thing that helps me a TON with my half-marathon and now marathon training is to schedule in sufficient rest days … I normally take 2 a week and this definitely keeps me on target …

    And you clean up amazingly!

  • Jessica June 21, 2011, 1:10 pm

    Can I just say you are hilarious? Thank you for making me laugh this morning!

    • Caitlin June 21, 2011, 3:12 pm

      Thank you friend 🙂

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) June 21, 2011, 1:11 pm

    I wake up at 5:30 every weekday, so I have to tell myself all the time these sorts of weird things. I KNOW for a fact I will feel better after working out, but mannnn, I just want a break for once.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing June 21, 2011, 1:13 pm

    Sometimes a few days off are just what you need to feel like working out is FUN and not a chore :). I’ve taken a break for the past few days and now I’m really looking forward to a good sweat after work tonight!

    • Allison @ Happy Tales June 21, 2011, 2:07 pm

      Amen to that! I completely agree… time off can be a wonderful thing in sparking the motivation-train for me.

  • Megan @ On the Road Again June 21, 2011, 1:14 pm

    Way to get it done in the pool today!

    I’ve been way off the fitness wagon lately. However, I try not to beat myself up every day that I don’t work out or get a run in. Beating myself up only makes me feel worse, and then I retreat to the kitchen for some unhealthy snacks.

  • Kimmah June 21, 2011, 1:15 pm

    I agree with Amber. If I waited for Lady Motivation, I’d be waiting a long time.
    I’ve been lucky enough to just make my workout time a routine. Not much breaks it. No motivation needed. . . just a clock to know when it’s time to go.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) June 21, 2011, 1:17 pm

    I completely agree – some days you just have to accept that the motivation is lacking. Sometimes I give into the laziness so I don’t experience full out burnout.

  • Cindy June 21, 2011, 1:19 pm

    I’ve had no motivation or energy since getting sick a month ago. Just a walk to the store is tiring enough to require a nap. I hope this goes away soon and I can start feeling like I can workout again without exhaustion, or coughing up a lung.

  • Jess June 21, 2011, 1:20 pm

    Caitlin, you are adorable pre-workout. Heeheehee. And after, of course! 😀

    I was just in NC this weekend! Oh my goodness it was hot. I brought running gear, but just couldn’t handle it. I now have extra admiration for you.

  • Theresa @ActiveEggplant June 21, 2011, 1:22 pm

    Spot on Caitlin! Telling myself over and over that I’m going to have a good workout – or at least be happy that I worked out – always works! I’m definitely in a much better mood AFTER a great sesh, no matter how miserable I am going into it. I always give myself 1 day of sheer laziness each week – two tops. And then I’m ready to get back at it. More of a mental break than anything!
    (p.s. that honey badger video is hysterical – SO glad you shared it!)

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 21, 2011, 1:25 pm

    Hehe! Yes you do!! I’m a big fan of the ‘fake it till you make it’ approach too. Sometimes a little self-talk is all you need to convince yourself, even if you feel and look a bit silly in the process!

  • Julie @ Shining From Within June 21, 2011, 1:26 pm

    Omg. That Honeybear video is HILARIOUUUUSS!!!

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  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) June 21, 2011, 1:30 pm

    The days that I don’t want to work out, I try to fill up on healthy foods because diet (or healthy eating) is 80% of the equation of losing weight. I find this actually works well! The days where I want to splurge or whatever, I usually get a good workout in those days and it balances itself out 🙂

  • Kath June 21, 2011, 1:30 pm

    Oops. That was me posting on Matt’s computer and realizing I was posting as Matt and trying to stop it!! Whooops!

  • Crystal June 21, 2011, 1:34 pm

    omg I just almost choked on my lunch laughing at your thumbs up picture. I should start making that face at myself in the mirror every morning to get myself going, lol

  • Gretchen June 21, 2011, 1:35 pm

    I so needed this post today! Thank you for sharing such a healthy approach. I hit snooze one too many times this morning and wasnt able to hit the gym this morning. Although tomorrow I will incorporate your idea of faking it until I make it, there’s no need to beat myself up over today. Have a great day!

  • Lauri ( June 21, 2011, 1:43 pm

    I always tell myself to ‘just put your (tennis) shoes on’! Once the shoes are on, NO excuses!

    I also remind myself that I have never regretted a workout and I will feel SO much better if I JUST DO IT!

    But it sure is hard to get out of those ruts sometimes!

  • kristenq June 21, 2011, 1:47 pm

    way to get to the pool! I find myself thinking about a pair of pants or the number on the scale when I give myself A MILLION reasons why I DONT want to go to the gym. Then usually I can at least say “you can go for 30min” and then I usually stay longer…sometimes haha (but at least I went!)

  • Julie June 21, 2011, 2:02 pm

    If you are going to start talking sloths, you have to watch that video too…

    this thing never fails to crack me up

    • Caitlin June 21, 2011, 3:12 pm


  • Kristina @ spabettie June 21, 2011, 2:13 pm

    haaa – this is awesome. I totally felt like that first photo this morning, too. I ignored it (faked it!!) and it worked!

    badger badger badger – is Maggie getting frenzied from all this badger talk!!?? 🙂

  • Catherine@happinessafterheartache June 21, 2011, 2:17 pm

    I like your graphs! You are SO right….if I started labeling myself as “unmotivated” I tend to give up for a while. So I try not to take too many days off from exercising. Fake it until you make it goes a long way. Thanks for the motivation!

  • kara June 21, 2011, 2:19 pm

    hi! i have a hitchhiker’s thumb too!! =)

  • kim June 21, 2011, 2:21 pm

    I was feeling totally unmotivated and awful today after a long shift at work, but your post on motivation totally made my day and put a smile on my face. Thanks 🙂

  • Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama June 21, 2011, 2:24 pm

    Those pictures of you in the car are too stinkin cute. Thanks for your honesty!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) June 21, 2011, 2:32 pm

    Wow I LOVE that visual chart you made! It really really clicked with me. I don’t think I will ever forget that ‘lesson’…so thank you!

  • Liza @ Health Nutting June 21, 2011, 2:39 pm

    I love this post! what a great way to show how effective a positive mindset can be. 🙂

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed June 21, 2011, 2:43 pm

    seriously hysterical.

  • Mary June 21, 2011, 2:59 pm

    I felt like that on the way to the pool this AM too, but I made it through and felt better after (always do). And thank you for all your encouraging triathlon posts. I did my first one this past Sunday, and all your tips and advice made it sooo much easier!!! Final time – 1:33.07. I can’t wait for my next one!

    • Caitlin June 21, 2011, 3:13 pm

      awesome!!! so proud of you!

  • Cely @ Running off the Reese's June 21, 2011, 3:05 pm

    Haha I wish I could have seen you chanting in your car like a crazy woman.

  • Jacquelyn June 21, 2011, 3:05 pm

    This post really spoke to me today! I’ve been having a hard time eating well and exercising enough lately and I’ve been battling with an “all or nothing” mindset.
    When I got home from work today I was so tired and just wanted to sleep, but I talked myself into running and feel a MILLION times better now and even tackled some other things on my to do list.
    This post itself is a great motivator! Thank you!

    • Caitlin June 21, 2011, 3:13 pm

      You’re welcome so much!

  • Krissie J June 21, 2011, 3:06 pm

    Hahahaahhahaa that video is fantastic and I love the way you tied it into you post! 🙂 Here’s hopin’ I can average out to be a honey badger most of the time. 😉

  • Allie Q (Fit Geek) June 21, 2011, 3:21 pm

    Funny that you posted this because I totally skipped out on my lunch-break workout today (and yesterday too). I know myself well enough to know that one or two days off isn’t going to completely kill my motivation. If anything, when my motivation returns it does so full force thanks to my little breaks. That means tomorrow it’s kick-ass time in the gym.

    Also, I can’t help but imagine you talking to yourself in the car. I do it too, but I get paranoid that someone is secretly recording me or the person driving next to me is going to see me and think I’m a weirdo.

  • Dani June 21, 2011, 3:34 pm

    Ah this was exactly what I needed to read, this week has been so non-motivational, i’ve only gotten out to exercise 3 times and i definitely do feel guilty but i’m trying to think of it as my body telling my mind to take it easy ; )

  • Orla June 21, 2011, 4:48 pm

    I know what you mean – I have been in a complete funk & having a really tough time with work. When I need running the most, I had no energy.
    I buzzed myself up this evening on the way home from work and ran a very fast 3 miles with the dog. It started to lash rain when I was out to the point that I could squeeze out my shirt when I came home and got nearly a half cup of water!
    It was brilliant. I laughed all the way and recorded a PB too!
    When you feel least like exercise, it is the one time you really need it.

  • Abby June 21, 2011, 5:47 pm

    Yesss! I love your self talk! 🙂

  • Molly @ RDexposed June 21, 2011, 6:25 pm

    Thoughts of the honey bear had me laughing all day!

  • Niki (Life's a Payne) June 21, 2011, 6:49 pm

    Great blog! I can’t believe I am only just reading it now!

    I love the “fake it until you make it” saying. I always use it when I am having a bad day. I fake my happiness and that makes people around you happy and BANG! You are happy!

  • Stephanie @cookinfanatic June 21, 2011, 8:44 pm

    Quite possibly the best. post. everrrrr. “Why can’t I be more like the honey badger” bahahahaha dyingggg. I agree that motivation can’t always be at an all time high, it’s just not possible to keep that up but for so long! Finding a good balance that keeps you motivated more often than not though sounds just about perfect 🙂

  • Melissa @missmelissblurbs June 21, 2011, 9:35 pm

    So true. I was actually just thinking about why I didn’t work out earlier in the day because now my motivation is shot and it’s already 8:30. I could choose to take today as a rest day, but then the guilt comes in and I think, “Well, maybe I can try and sneak in just 3 miles.” Why don’t we allow to take more than one rest day? It’s all about balance. Just hard to achieve it. But like you said, it’s great to look at our motivation as a whole, not just in one instance!

  • Laura Ann June 21, 2011, 10:23 pm

    love the morning face! so great that you’re not afraid to hide it.

  • ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska June 21, 2011, 11:03 pm

    Ohhhhh I love that honey badger now. 🙂 Right now I’m finding motivation in getting to be the crazy runner girl in my office. The more I push myself, the more fun it is to talk about it later! That sounds awful!

  • Lorin June 21, 2011, 11:08 pm

    I totally get what you mean. Especially now with summer and being away from my college rec center where I can normally just WALK to the gym, I actually have to DRIVE! I know, the horror, but it does make a difference in motivating myself to get there. However, I do listen to my body pretty well, so when it doesn’t want to work out I can tell, and I don’t. I think it helps to have more effective workouts with some breaks because you become more motivated the next time, almost looking forward to get some sweat on!

  • Mac June 22, 2011, 12:25 am

    I’m a big fake it till you make it person… I mean if you don’t feel like working out and you “fake it” by going to the gym and saying I’ll do 20 minutes of biking and you get out of the rut that is awesome and if you don’t, well 20 minutes is better than nothing at all!

  • khushboo June 22, 2011, 1:05 am

    It’s funny how motivation can change from day to day, even from minute to minute sometimes! I really appreciate your advocate of a macro perspective as it’s easy to feel disheartened on days where motivation is low ..and forget abt the ‘good’ days!

  • amanda June 22, 2011, 1:46 am

    My motivation has been craptastic lately. I look like that first picture, lol. But after reading a few comments have realized that its probably pms… as I get ‘drag my ass’ tired right around that lovely time! Working overnights doesn’t help either.

  • Jess June 22, 2011, 6:01 am

    I skipped my workouts yesterday and today after being fairly motivated the week before that… so, no biggie. I just needed to hang out in bed for a while. Knowing me though, it’s going to be tough to get up tomorrow morning and hit the gym. 🙁 After my shower before I was admiring my arms since I have recently started strength training more – I can see results! So tomorrow morning I’ll think about my arms and hit the gym. 🙂

  • Krista June 22, 2011, 9:13 am

    Hey Caitlin…here’s a question for you…or anyone who wants to chime in. We have a nice office gym that I go to 4 days a week over my lunch hour. I ALWAYS have a snack an hour before going and ALWAYS drink a good 2 cups of water during my 45 minutes (I stick to cardio at the work gym). This has worked just fine until about a week ago. See, I have asthma which flares up this time of year due to all the air condioners running 24-7 so my breathing is less than steller. Now half way through my workout I get a belly ache….like I need a good burp that won’t come out. HAHA! I *think* it’s b/c I’m sucking in more air than I normally would. This makes me feel ill the rest of the day which has really affected my motivation to get my butt there each day. Any tips/suggestions for me on how to avoid this belly issue or stay motivated to do my workout anyways?? THANKS!

  • Luv What You Do June 22, 2011, 9:34 pm

    Your chart it so funny! I love it! I have those slumps in motivation as well and that’s usually when I set a new workout goal. These summer’s olympic tri definitely keeps me motivated on those BLAH days. Way to go with all of your swimming…that’s the hardest thing to motivate myself to do!

  • Marjie October 14, 2013, 3:37 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    I have been reading your blog for a few years and love it! I work as an RN in the Student Health Center at Hiram College and I recently started a blog titled Healthy Hiram to help educate our students to make healthy choices today that will affect them tomorrow and years to come. Would you mind if I shared some of your posts related to healthy eating, exercising and goal setting on our blog? This post would be one of the ones I want to share!


    • Caitlin October 14, 2013, 4:10 pm

      You can always link back! Thanks for reading.

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