Just Do It

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I’ve decided that there are two types of people in this world:  those who would rather be horizontal on the couch, and those who possess innate motivation to just do it.


Actually, I should clarify:  I think some people are more easily self-motivated in certain areas.  I should really give myself some credit; I have zero issues getting myself to write (three books in two years isn’t a small feat!).  I can write, write, write until my eyelids droop.  But I do find myself occasionally making excuses for exercise, which is exactly why I sign up for so many races!  Nothing like a deadline to light a fire under my horizontal booty.


Nicole’s comment about just ‘sucking it up’ and doing the things you should really stuck with me.  So this morning, when my alarm went off way earlier than I wanted it to, I actually pushed myself out of bed and went to the gym. 


Tryin’ to create some momentum in my life!


20 minutes on the elliptical + a 15 minute doggie walk = Success!


Pre-workout sunflower butter toast and banana:


And post-workout blueberry and protein powder smoothie.


Now, if I can just motivate myself to suck it up and package up all these shipments (working at the clinic today)…


Are you self-motivated in some ways but not others?  Or are you an awesomely lucky suck-it-up and just-do-it kind of person?



  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras February 24, 2012, 10:24 am

    When it comes to exercise, it depends on the kind of work out I’m doing. I love yoga class, and look forward to it all day. I just recently decided to start building up my cardio, and I feel less motivated. I definitely have to drag my butt to the gym and get on that elliptical.

  • Bronwyn February 24, 2012, 10:26 am

    I go through phases

    • Bronwyn February 24, 2012, 10:27 am

      ETA: Sometimes I’m very motivated in all aspects of my life, and then sometimes I have a hard time getting my butt up off the couch…. It’s definitely sort of a cycle.

  • Caroline February 24, 2012, 10:28 am

    I think I’ve been pretty good about motivating myself to workout – but cleaning is a whole other story!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB February 24, 2012, 10:29 am

    I go through spurts. Luckily I’m pretty good about just doing things like exercise, but when it comes to laundry and grading papers I can make a million excuses (all of which come back to bite me in the butt later).

    I think what bothers me the most is that I get so proud of myself for doing mundane tasks. Really? I get so lazy about chores I pat myself on the back after taking out the trash? True, but ridiculous.

    I find to-do lists that are posted somewhere really motivating. I like checking things off.

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns February 24, 2012, 10:32 am

    It’s definitely hard to get motivated sometimes. After years and years of running, the hardest part day in and day out is putting on my shoes and getting out the door. After that, it’s easy. Sometimes you just need that push to get you going. Self-bargaining always helps. 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 24, 2012, 10:34 am

    Thankfully, I’m one of those ‘suck up and do it people” when it comes to getting my butt to the gym in the morning. I just sort of wake up when my alarm goes, and get myself there on auto-pilot. Workouts after work, however, are a different story! If I need to postpone it for whatever reason to the evening, it takes A LOT more willpower to get me there!

    • Tia @ Veggies and Pearls February 24, 2012, 11:15 am

      Same! If I wake up early, I can get to the gym without really thinking about it, but if I try to work-out later in the day, it’s far too easy to put it off for some reason or another (I need to study, I’m super tired, etc.)

    • Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic February 25, 2012, 11:59 am

      Totally the same for me. I can do the morning workouts. I think I’m just not awake enough to talk to myself out of it. If I have to do an after work work-out I really struggle to get myself out the door.

  • Laura February 24, 2012, 10:39 am

    i have a GREAT just-do-it attitude when it comes to pushing myself with healthy living/exercise but other life decisions? i need a major kick in the butt. it was so hard for me to get motivated to pick a college, apply, search for a job, etc. i’d rather just put it off until it all goes away. not quite sure why i have awesome willpower to eat healthy and run marathons but nothing else!

  • Emily February 24, 2012, 10:41 am

    Yummy smoothie!

    Good job getting to the gym and making it work. Especially because you know that you feel better when you do!

  • Laura O. February 24, 2012, 10:42 am

    My alarm annoyingly goes off at 5am during the work-week so my morning workouts are defintely of the suck it up variety. Weekends are much easier since it’s at my leisure.
    I’m good at motivating myself to make coffee afterwards though 🙂

  • Sara February 24, 2012, 10:42 am

    Having someone to exercise with me really helps. My husband and I go to the gym late at night when everyone else is at home. Works for us! I also walk a couple times a week with my co-worker at lunch. We motivate each other. It’s nice to share exercise feats with my co-workers. Two of us are training for our local 10K and it’s nice to be able to share (even though she’s running it and I’m walking it.):-)

  • Amy @loveAmyx February 24, 2012, 10:43 am

    I call it ‘pulling up my big girl pants’, its about balance though as sometimes I do it too much {i.e today I’ve been up since 7am, it’s now 3.30pm and I’ve sat down relaxing for a total of 1hr despite being 37w6d lol}

  • Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner February 24, 2012, 10:57 am

    I seem to be able to motivate myself as long as I gain some momentum. If something interrupts my regularly scheduled exercise, it’s hard to get going again when it’s time to restart. I really need to get better at sucking it up!

  • Tia @ Veggies and Pearls February 24, 2012, 11:12 am

    I’ve heard that will power is something you can train yourself to have, and I believe that is true. I used to be very strict about eating and exercising, and I had aMAZing willpower. Then I kind of fell off the wagon and got out of the habit of exercising an iron will, and it’s a lot harder to motivate myself these days. I’m trying to get back into it!

  • Army Amy* February 24, 2012, 11:14 am

    I find that I’m more self motivated now that my husband is deployed. I have too much free-time, so it’s easy to fill it up with working out. When my husband is around, however, I find that it’s much easier for me to just sit around doing nothing.*

  • Amanda February 24, 2012, 11:18 am

    Very interesting! I’ve never thought about it in depth until now, but I am very motivated when my to-do’s are clearly defined – work out today, clean the house, meet this work deadline, etc .. However, I am not self-motivated to look beyond the prescribed tasks. This means I quite often accomplish what I set out to do, but don’t often do anything extraordinary. Looks like I need to work on setting loftier goals!

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction February 24, 2012, 11:30 am

    Great post. I agree, sometimes I have zero motivation to exercise! It’s kind of annoying, I often use “motivational mantras” to help me get to the gym! Have a great Friday!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 24, 2012, 11:32 am

    When it comes to working out, I am totally on the ball. When it comes to dealing with work and bills oh and organization, I’m horrible at it! I am trying to suck it up and get better about it though.

  • Natalie February 24, 2012, 12:16 pm

    I’m totally self-motivated when it comes to diet and exercise. I can exert enormous motivation and will-power when I want to affect what the scale is going to say the next morning. However, I don’t think this is because I’m naturally self-motivated. I think it’s actually because I’ve developed a bit of an unhealthy relationship with food and the scale.

  • Carolyn @ cool beans February 24, 2012, 12:20 pm

    I’m actually just really unmotivated in all respects. It’s pretty sad – even things I enjoy I have a hard time getting around to doing.

    For Lent, I’m giving up alcohol, but I’m also giving up giving up. I’m trying to be one of those “just do it” people for 40 days and seeing if it truly does make me any happier like I think it will!

  • Jessica (My Kindness Counts) February 24, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Great discussion! I am very self-motivated when it comes to career stuff or work goals, however I can’t say the same for exercise. I tend to slack on exercise until I start seeing & feeling effects of that slack, then I’ll haul my butt to the gym or pick up general exericise. As I get older, I am beginning to realize I need to make exercise a bigger priority because ultimately, I’ll work more efficiently and have more energy in other areas of my life if I do.

  • Moni'sMeals February 24, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Do not hate me…:) but I am very self motivated. Very. But I was not always like this. In college, I was so the “couch girl” with pizza and beer right there with me.
    I think we go through our lives in waves of it you know. My job also makes it mandatory that I motivate my clients and keep them going strong too. So I have to be NIKE all the way or it does not flow. 🙂
    Have a great day and I am so proud of you, cut yourself some slack…you do so much and you are preggars for crying out loud. 🙂

  • Michelle February 24, 2012, 12:50 pm

    I generally get my ish done, but I’m the first to admit that I’m a lazy overachiever. I’ll do what I deem the bare minimum to stand apart from the crowd, but I rarely go all in on anything and give it my full effort.

    I’m a real slacker on showing up to work on time or getting my butt out of bed to exercise in the morning. I had a friend tell me that when you set the intention to get up early or exercise and then don’t do it, you’re basically breaking a promise to yourself. You’re telling yourself that you’re not worth the effort.

    That made me sad, but it hasn’t resulted in any behavior change! HA!

  • Lauren @ Focused 2 Be Fit February 24, 2012, 1:07 pm

    Definitely depends on the situation. I like to think I’m self-motivated all the time, but in reality, it’s all about group accountability with me. If I surround myself with positive-self-driven people, I find myself willing to do more!

  • Amelia February 24, 2012, 1:10 pm

    I am a very self-driven, self-motivated person. The way I see it, you get out what you put into it! If it is important you’ll want to do it and stick with it.

    In regards to exercise… if you are injured or your body NEEDS the rest, that is one thing to skip a workout. If you are just being plain lazy, then it’s only your fault. I thrive on the energy from the group fitness classes I attend and the high I get after class. 🙂

  • Khushboo February 24, 2012, 1:20 pm

    When it comes to exercise, I’m very self-motivated….sometimes i wish this motivation didn’t interfere with my body’s pleas for rest!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 24, 2012, 1:37 pm

    I’m generally really hard on myself so I’m pretty good at self motivation. If I don’t do something that I planned on doing or know I need to (like a workout or school work) then I feel really guilty about it.

  • Kelly February 24, 2012, 1:47 pm

    Oh I needed this today. I’m working from home and with a loose schedule I tend to have LESS success fitting in a workout. Ironic? “after breakfast.. nah, I’ll write and then do it… well, now it’s lunch time… better put some laundry in… gotta write some more… well, now it’s 3:00 and I haven’t showered so I might as well workout tomorrow”. GETTING ON THE TREADMILL NOW!!!

  • Hillary February 24, 2012, 1:57 pm

    I’m pretty motivated to do chores and clean, and even to exercise to an extent (I love my weekend morning workouts, and sometimes a run is exactly what I need after a long day at work). But it takes a LOT to motivate me to grade papers or get my grad school work done. I bribe myself all the time: read 20 pages or grade ten papers and then take a walk/blog reading/Facebook/email break. I get the stuff done eventually!

  • Catalina @ Cake with Love February 24, 2012, 2:04 pm

    I am very motivated but I have stages n my life and things that I JUST have to do, I I just do it, just roll with it! After all the chocolate I had yesterday (I baked a HOT Chocolate Cake) I need to eat some kale or spinach, not that I want because the leftover cake calls my name but this is a situation of ‘Just do It” I am going to eat that spinach and I can have cake again!

  • Heidi February 24, 2012, 2:16 pm

    I’m definitely more of a “suck it up, Buttercup” type person, but today that backfired on me. I dragged myself to the gym this morning after fighting the stomach flu for the previous 24 hours because I had the day off from work and my favorite spin instructor was teaching. When the class started, she said, “Does anyone mind if teach for 60 minutes instead of 45?” Normally I would have been all “bring it on!” But today I wanted to cry! I managed to make it through the class, but it definitely wasn’t my best spin class ever and I didn’t leave with my normal exercise high. Instead I was all-I need to lie down! Moral of the story-don’t suck it up and go to spinning when you haven’t had anything other than ginger ale for the previous 24 hours! Ouch!

  • Amber K February 24, 2012, 2:45 pm

    While I’d much prefer to lounge it up, I do have the ability to kick myself in the pants when I know I really need it.

  • Christie February 24, 2012, 2:50 pm

    I’m self motivated in some ways, but not others. I find it SO hard to get out the door to go for a run – once I’m out there though its usually awesome!! Tomorrow I’m moving house, so today I’m finding it hard to find the motivation to box all my stuff up and clean my apartment. I hate cleaning!!

  • Fiona @ Well-Fed Redhead February 24, 2012, 2:57 pm

    I’m not so self-motivated to work out either. I find that if I don’t work out in the morning it is much easier to make excuses not to! I am very motivated to cook though, which is probably why I’m in culinary school!

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) February 24, 2012, 3:56 pm

    I’m 9 weeks and feeling extremely determined, lately, to keep my established habit of exercise in place! Excited about the new little one and very glad to have enough energy this early on to keep going…Stay determined girl!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 24, 2012, 4:26 pm

    I am definitely self motivated in some ways (school, planning things, baking/cooking), and not in other ways (exercising).

  • Jacalyn February 24, 2012, 8:04 pm

    I am lucky in that I am very busy and have a very structured life. If I want to workout, I have to wake up at 4 am or I wont get the chance. Everyday is the same for me. Wake up at 4 am to workout, shower, take my son to daycare by 6:30am, go to work, pick up my son by 6:30pm and make dinner by 7:30. In bed by 9pm so I can do it all over again the next day. It may seem boring, but I actually love my job and I really love structure, too. If I worked from home, I would never get anything done. I need to be on a tight schedule. The weekends are not my friend because I dont have the pressure of a timeline running my life for me.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 24, 2012, 10:01 pm

    I think in some ways we’re all a combination of them both. I’m super motivated to get to the gym, but I know I have to go first thing in the morning or I’m more likely to skip (I HATE the crowds after work!). But for whatever reason, despite enjoying cooking, I have to talk myself into doing it every night and not just pouring a bowl of cereal or popping a bag of popcorn (or grabbing something else in my apartment that’s super easy to just snag). I’m also super motivated to write, but it takes a lot more to get me hooked on a book and choose to spend my time reading. (I mean, I could be WRITING MORE then!) 😉

  • alexe February 25, 2012, 1:18 am

    I am definitely a ‘Just do it’ person. For everything from cleaning to cooking to working out. Actually, it’s harder for me not to workout then to do it. I now have a stress fracture in my foot so I can’t run, bike or swim anymore and it’s devastating for me. I realised that much of my self-confidence is related to training. I feel good in my body for what it does and not what it looks like (I learned it from Operation beautiful!) but, when I can’t do any of the things I like, I have a hard time finding other ways to value myself. You are such a inspiration for me. Do you have any tips as I’ll be unable to train anything else except abs and upper body for the next 2 months and will need other ways to feel fulfill?

    Thank you for everything!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) February 25, 2012, 8:10 am

    I can totally relate to what you are saying in this post. I am a total suck it up and get it done type of person when it comes to anything work related. Yet over the last few years I have fallen off the exercise bandwagon and frequently make excuses or find other things to do that are “more important in the moment.” Time to suck it up and just do it!

  • Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic February 25, 2012, 12:03 pm

    It’s amazing how I can be so motivated and get so much accomplished in one area of my life while totally letting others slide. It’s absolutely crazy. I get up and workout at 5am every morning except Sunday. I’m super disciplined with money and stick to a pretty strict budget. However, when it comes to eating, it’s another story altogether! I got over my calorie budget semi regularly, but I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve gone over my money budget. Why is that?

  • Bonnie February 25, 2012, 12:32 pm

    Interesting thoughts! I know you’ve mentioned this before…I’m definitely someone who is internally motivated to workout on my own. I LOVE movement and get so ansty if I haven’t done anything (consequently, rest days are tough for me!). But when it comes to cleaning (anything more than tidying; I like a clean space), the motivation’s NOT there. So I guess it depends in which area of life! Movement, yes; cleaning or chores like getting gas instead of running it on empty or getting pants hemmed, no. 😉

  • Jen February 25, 2012, 4:45 pm

    Have you ever read “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” by Robin Sharma? It may seem a little “secret-‘ish” but it’s not really; a simple read. It’s about finding and achieving happiness in life (and I don’t mean just materially, but that too). It’s nothing dramatic, but just simple thoughtful things to consider; I figured he would be completely flighty and say “go do what you want to do and quit this right now!” (a.k.a = not always realistic or logical!!). But he does say that you sometimes you do have to do the things you don’t want to do – it builds discipline and the more you do them, the more accustomed they will be. Change the attitude I guess. That’s not to say you should force yourself to do stuff you don’t want/like, but doing the little “crappy” things can get you to a place that isn’t so crappy in the long-run. Or I hope! 🙂

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