Where’s the Motivation for Monday?


I’m trying to figure out where everyone was at resistance training this morning. The 5:30 a.m. crew was only four people, and the 6 a.m. class? Just me. An empty gym meant a nice, peaceful workout – but it also makes me ask, where’s the motivation this Monday?

I’m sure that some people were just worn out from the holiday festivities. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie – all of that will make you sluggish and tired, especially if you’re munching on turkey sandwiches for the rest of the weekend.

I can’t help but think there are some other excuses, though. Namely, we all ate that extra slice of pumpkin pie or a couple extra helpings of stuffing/turkey/masked potatoes with extra homemade gravy, and we’re feeling sheepish about working out.

That’s when it’s time to drag yourself out of bed.

It’s hard to do. It’s hard to find the motivation to get up the Monday morning after a holiday while it’s still dark, when you’re still feeling sluggish and bloated from your Thanksgiving feast. But if you have goals, you get out of bed. If you want to stay fit throughout the holiday season (and reduce stress and have more energy to decorate the tree/go sledding/build snowmen/brave the mall), you get out of bed. Lay out your clothes the night before; have your stuff (towel, shoes, water bottle, whatever else you use) packed and ready to go. From now until New Year’s, it’s only going to get crazier. Make that time for yourself now.