If you snooze, you may Lose
You’ve probably heard it before; you shouldn’t hit the snooze button. It feels so good though, doesn’t it?
Well, in the past for me it felt good in the moment when I was hitting snooze. Do you know what I did when it would go off AGAIN? I would hit that damn button again (and again and again and again)! I just kept hitting it until I absolutely had to get out of bed. By the time I actually got out of bed, sometimes 5 to 6 “snoozes” later, I felt worse than I did the first time the alarm went off!
Then, when I finally got up, I would drag myself into the bathroom for a shower. After the shower I would pour myself (several) cups of coffee before I left for work. I would drink even more at work. Back then I lived off of coffee. My water intake was terrible too and so was my food consumption, but that’s a post for another day. Back to (Discipline Over) Workout Motivation!
I decided to make some changes, and I HAD to get disciplined. For 2 weeks, just to prove “them” wrong, I put my alarm (phone) across the room. I set my alarm earlier, and I plugged it in across the room. I could no longer reach for the snooze button, this time my butt had to get out of the bed to go turn off the annoying tone!
What happened after 2 weeks was life-changing, I mean LIFE-CHANGING. After the shock of hurdling myself across the room to turn off the alarm, and the initial couple moments of waking up, I actually felt pretty good.
I had laid my exercise clothes and shoes out the night before so they would stare me in the face (guilt!) in case I decided I didn’t want to.
Being a full-time working Mom, I knew the early morning was the only time I really had to exercise. Was I excited to get up at 4:45am? Nope, not at first. After a few weeks of going through this routine though, I realized that those early morning moments were the answer to my chronic lethargy and lack of motivation. I was beginning to change my life, but I didn’t know it back then. I was creating discipline for myself.
I would grab some water or a pre-workout beverage, put my earbuds in, turn on my workout video, and start moving. After just a few weeks of consistently putting in time in the mornings to work on myself, I was really proud of myself. Since I was feeling better, my mood and behavior were far improved. I was a much better wife and Mom because I didn’t have to drag myself through the day anymore.
Where I’m going with all of this is truly around the concept of discipline. The truth is, you won’t always be motivated. If you create a solid routine, one that works well for you and your lifestyle, it’s likely you’ll be motivated more often than not. When you don’t feel motivated, your discipline will be there to keep you going.
Working out isn’t all about the physical gains. It’s also very much about the mental gains you create through your fitness journey. With physical strength, comes mental strength, it’s not just one or the other.
Do you have a solid routine you like to follow? How do you like to build discipline into your routine? Maybe you’re still struggling, what do you find most challenging? Let me know!