How do you always stay motivated?
I think the answer surprises most people, but honestly, I don't. I'm not always motivated. Some days, I don't want to workout and I don't want to think about what I'm eating. I want to sleep in and eat junk food and watch TV for hours. Some days, I'm just not feeling it. But those the days that I most need to do something good for myself, because doing right by my body also helps improve my mood.
Action 456 - Make The Motivation. If I don't have it, I find ways to push myself in the right direction.
For example, today, I'm not really feeling it. I woke up this morning too late to go to the gym before work, so my reaction is to just skip today completely. But that doesn't help me prepare for the marathon, it doesn't help me burn calories, and it definitely doesn't help me feel better.
My solution? I packed my gym bag and brought it with me to the office. I could have changed at home afterwards, but I know better. I would go home and not leave again for the gym. Bringing my bag means I don't need to make a stop on the way. I have also brought my bag into the office with me. I don't need to, since I am going to change into my workout gear at the gym. But leaving it in the car makes it easier for me to change my mind and not go. Out of sight, out of mind, you know?
Instead, my gym bag is right here at the end of my desk. It's a constant reminder that I have a place to go and something to do right after work.
I'm still not really feeling all that motivated to go run and workout this afternoon, but I know that I am going to do it. And I also know that afterwards, I am going to be glad that I did. I have never worked out and thought, "pfft, that was a mistake."
If you don't have the motivation, make it. Your mind will come around once your body starts doing all the work.