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    mak_trouble891
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    So I have noticed recently that my motivation to do certain things has been lacking, and the things that I would usually do to motivate myself are no longer working. I was wondering what things other people do to get and keep themselves motived, especially when it comes to things like study and exercise.
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    #109642
    Curiosity
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    @mak_trouble891 for studying:  I’m a big list maker where you can cross things off the lis, and bribing myself with 1 hour of focused study, I will allow myself to watch 1 episode of a tv show
    For working out: I usually try to find a new workout routine that looks fun and I do like changing it up with a group fitness class, I find they are more motivating that going by yourself

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    #109643
    Aunt_FloAunt_Flo
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    Totally agree with @Curiosity about lists! I draw little checkboxes as the dot points on my lists and check them off as I go. It’s a really good way to mark your progress and feel better about getting stuff done. Working with friends is good as well – be it working out together, having a fitness goal (I would message my friend when I had done some cycling to make sure they would go running and vice versa), or tell them your study goal and they can make sure you e reached it. I think being realistic is important too. If you’re more of a night owl, do some light studying during the day and really focus at night time. 

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    #109644
    MsBlueStreak
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    @mak_trouble891 if I recall you’ve recently started a new job. Adjusting to a new job absorbs a lot of our mental space, and it may just have something to do with your lack of motivation for other things you enjoy.  

    So in addition to making lists to help you get those things that need doing done, please remember to be kind to yourself, and take time out to relax. If the things you were enjoying were important and brought you joy, trying doing them a little a at a time (less than you used to), so that you don’t lose touch during this adjustment period where you’ll need more down time. 

    You will find your new routine.

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    #109645
    mak_trouble891
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    Yeah @MsBlueStreak I have started a new job, which I am still trying to learn, but really do enjoy. I definitely do need to be kinder to myself and remember to relax. I am just about to start an 8 week challenge at my gym, so I am hoping that will not only help motivate me to exercise but help with routine and stress release.
    @Curiosity, I have been trying to do the list thing but I think I might try the reward thing you suggested, and for 1 hour study I can watch 1 hour over my fav TV show 🙂

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    #109646
    NickiPower
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    @mak_trouble891 For fitness I have a coach, so then I have a plan and I know what to do and my coach will hold me accountable! Even then, sometimes it’s super hard to be motivated! 

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    #109647
    mak_trouble891
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    @NickiPower I started my 8 week challenge today, it also includes a personal trainer for the 8 weeks. I am hoping that this will motivate me, so like you said I can develop a plan and be held accountable!

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    #109648
    NickiPower
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    Awesome job @mak_trouble891! I’ve also started a PT plan, I’m yet to submit my goals (it’s been 48 hours), I feel I’m failing already!!!! :joy:

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    #109649
    mak_trouble891
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    Don’t worry @NickiPower I feel the same way, I have been struggling and I am only on day 3 of my challenge. I didn’t exercise today because I was too sore and I can feel my body craving junk food. I have no idea how I am going to last 8 weeks lol

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    #109650
    MsBlueStreak
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    @mak_trouble891 – I know the early ouch and cravings…. But I found (during previous exercise campaigns), that they do go away after a couple of weeks.  I found I started craving salad, and yoghurt, and fruit etc (you know the vitamins and nutrition).

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    #109651
    EggplantEmoji
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    I use the app habitica hehe, it gameifies productivity

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    #109652
    NickiPower
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    I crave junk food when I’m sick, and I have been so I’ve just given in. Nothing like being sick and miserable! @mak_trouble891

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    #109653
    mak_trouble891
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    I am noticing I am getting a little better @MsBlueStreak, I am starting to enjoy my morning oats, which I absolutely hated at the start of the challenge so that’s a good thing

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    #109654
    MsBlueStreak
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    Well done on keeping on keeping on – your body will always tell you what it wants @mak_trouble891.  The craving of the junk food was your body attempting to keep it’s reserves reserved… but hopefully you’ll notice more and more that you want the yummy healthy stuff.

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    #109655
    mak_trouble891
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    Thanks @MsBlueStreak, I had my fist weigh in this week, and I have already lot 1.3kg! So that’s definitely motivating

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