Oftentimes when we start any endeavor, it is really fun at first (well, unless someone makes you do it). You are all over the place with all kinds of ideas. You can’t wait to improve what you are doing. You are obsessed. But time goes, you are getting better, more mature and seasoned, and once interesting affair becomes dull and monotonous.
This is true for a lot of things including strength training and nutrition. You are not progressing that fast in strength with time. Constant hunger and cravings can break even the strongest dieter. Discipline, hard work, and consistency – these things will make difference once the journey gets into the intermediate-advanced stage. The main issue here is to know how to stay motivated to continue this endless battle? Here are several ways to do so.
“Variety is the spice of life”. This saying is always true. Once things get sour, you can change something and enjoy the freshness again. There is no need to devote yourself completely to one exercise or type of food forever. Cheating your favorite exercise with another one from this category here and there almost undoubtedly will be a right decision in the long run.
With the diet, everything is even simpler. Just find other ways to cook your food. Add spices, cook in the oven instead of frying or boiling, etc. If this stops working, switch to another similar source of calories and macros for some time. In several weeks, you will be able to return to your initial food with new ardor.
Add Something New
Remember that you can always add new things to your current training routine. Hand-balancing, yoga, BJJ, slack-lining, hiking, and anything that makes you motivated to continue.
Get Rid of Something
If there is nothing to add, you can look for something to subtract. Maybe there is a certain exercise or activity that was a good idea at some point, but now is just a plain burden. If this is true, then think of what will you lose in result of not sustaining it. If nothing, then you know what to do.
Fuel with Success of Other People
It may be counter-intuitive to some individuals, but it definitely works. Watch “Pumping Iron”. If you don’t have the immediate urge to train, then there is definitely something wrong with you. Seriously, success of other people always motivates me to work harder.
Interestingly, this phenomena creates a cool loop – success breeds more success. The more people understand and use this, the better we all get. Thus, watch/read/listen to success stories of other people, fuel, and post your own results to motivate others.
The Last Resort of Motivation
There is always someone who makes more than you out of much worse conditions. You may complain about how hard your life is, but with closer examination, everything turns out not to be that bad. Save whining for pussies, man up, and do everything that you need to stay on track and progress.
Never Stop Analyzing
You can always do better. There is always some sort of mistake you can fix. The process of strength training and nutrition will always evolve with you. Some things will remain constant, while others will change. Keeping your eyes open to ways of improvement will definitely help you stay motivated.
Always Remember Who Are You Fighting with
And importantly, what for? You are fighting with yourself. You are fighting for your dreams and desires. There is no one else to blame in your failures except you.
Take a Break
If nothing works, maybe it is time to take a break. However, this break should be temporary. If it turns out to be permanent, then maybe strength training is not your thing.
There Is Always a Way Out
Finally, I want you to understand that you are in charge of your life. You are the one who makes all the decisions. And there is always a choice. It is in your interests to make a right one.
Maybe this article turned out to be too vague, but I believe it has some thought-provoking ideas. Importantly, if you feel the motivation boost at this point, then my work wasn’t pointless. Thanks for reading.
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