Motivation: Found?

I've been struggling the past couple weeks, both with workouts and personally. As my depression flares up, I'm less inclined to go to the gym (even though I know that helps it!). I've mostly just been going to the gym once a week, for personal training, and even then I cancelled that last week. For the first time ever, I had to pay GymPact money for missing a workout day, just because I "didn't feel like it". In addition to depression, I've spent the last two weeks trying to get a new Splatoon team off the ground, which has been taking up all of my free time and then some. (Splatoon, for those who don't know, is the video game I play competitively.) So, yeah, there has been a lack of blog posts because there has been a lack of motivation.

I spent the weekend refocusing and working on my depression. It's not a magical cure, just a weekend of relaxation and cleaning, but it helped a lot. I woke up this morning feeling tons better and although the motivation to work out still wasn't there, the resolve to do so anyway was. I've decided to start running again, since that helps my mood more than anything else. So with the commitment of personal training, aqua aerobics (I started doing that again), and running, I should be seeing results again.

Then, motivation hit! Suddenly, just when I needed it, I got an email from my gym. They're doing a fitness challenge starting August 1st! Okay, it's more a weight loss challenge (they're going by percentage of weight lost, not body fat) but hey, I've got plenty of weight to lose too. It's 100 days, and all it requires is weighing in at the beginning/end and buying personal training sessions. Which I already do! So, hey, why not sign up? If you remember, I loved the fitness challenges at my old gym, even winning two out of three times I did it. This is a much bigger gym/competition, but it's still a win in health and motivation even if I don't win the overall challenge.

So, yeah! I'm excited about it! I need to remain excited and motivated over the next month, but that gives me time to work on these mental blocks I've got. The other block I've got is financial (I need to get new running shoes...) but, hey, there's a donate button right over there... ---> ;) (But seriously, don't feel obligated. I'll make it work no matter what.)

Fitness challenges are so exciting!