When ladies come to me, one of their most common pain points is a lack of motivation. They can follow strict rules, crush the 60 minute workouts (here’s why I recommend you shorten your workout), and track all the macros…for about 6 days. Then, of course, their motivation gives out. They’re frustrated and down on themselves, thinking there’s something “wrong” with them and that they’re not good enough, because they’re unable to follow a plan.
This. Is. Just. Not. True.
If you’re unable to follow a plan, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with you, lovely. There’s something wrong with the plan – you need something customized to YOUR situation and life (which is why I love 1:1 coaching).
In fact, I want you to start looking at a lack of motivation as a gift.
Your lack of motivation is a TOOL you can use in creating your own personal nutrition & fitness blueprint.
With my 1:1 clients, one of the first things we do is identify the behaviors & thoughts that they historically have seen as negative. Then, we learn to appreciate them and use them to our advantage. As an example, it wasn’t until I stopped fighting my restrictive and disordered eating tendencies that I finally automated my eating, exercised in a way that changed my body, and rebuilt my confidence and self-esteem.
See, I actually embraced my restriction and started using it to my advantage (like how I help my clients eat intuitively without gaining weight by embracing a bit of structure).
You can do the exact same thing with your lack of motivation.
How to use your lack of motivation to get MORE consistent
1. Begin identifying trends
Does your motivation change at different parts of your cycle? Is it in line with stress at work? Do you feel less excited to eat healthy when you don’t get enough sleep?
In order to get through a lack of motivation, we have to learn to ask better questions. Simply accepting that we’re “in a rut” doesn’t help us level up.
Instead, we can use my MASTER your Eating System as a guide to start identifying trends to help you stay more consistent.
2. When motivation shifts, use that as an opportunity to re-examine your nutrition/training plan.
If you’ve been motivated for a while, and it changes, it could be a sign that your eating routine is too rigid (are your food rules doing more harm than good?) or your workouts are too intense.
When you have a lack of motivation, it could be a sign that something needs to shift.
Can you try eating intuitively for a few days?
Can you do bodyweight only workouts (here’s a 7 day plan) for a bit?
Do you need to incorporate more indulgences into your life (my #ConsciousIndulgence guide can show you how to do that without gaining weight)?
By trying a few small tweaks, you can get to a place where your eating is more automated, your workouts are second-nature, and it all feels easy. If you need more help, let’s chat.
3. Lean on low motivation times to simply have fun
Often, ladies come to me saying consistency and motivation are problems.
But are they really?
Have you stopped simply having fun with your workouts and nutrition?
If that’s the case, a lack of motivation can be an amazing wakeup call to choose things that YOU enjoy. Whether it’s cooking a healthy (yummy) meal or doing your favorite HIIT workout, consistency gets WAY easier when we stop trying to be perfect and choose what serves us.
If you wake up on Monday morning dreading your workout, it could be as simple as changing your schedule to do something that’s more enjoyable for you.
Lovely, if you take one thing away from this blog, your lack of motivation is not a failure; it’s a tool you can use to create your own customized blueprint for consistency. You got this.