Motivation is an odd thing. Last week I was in a very strange state of mind, I couldn’t get going in the gym, my numbers weren’t going up and I didn’t gain an ounce. But it was worse than that, I got to a point where the thought of choking down another protein shake made me want to gag, and I was really questioning why I was bothering to try and get into a sport I was so unsuited for. Then I missed a workout, which i haven’t done since I first committed to bodybuilding a few months ago.
Then two things happened. My missus said to me she thought I was plateauing because I wasn’t lifting heavy enough, and I sat down and watched Pumping Iron and that special feature on the DVD, “Still Pumping”. Today I felt like I could eat nails. Blitzed through my workout, made massive leaps in the poundages I was using (these are still light weights compared to what you guys are using, but they were a big improvement for me) and felt awesome doing it. I have my belief back that I’m going to get where I want to be and generally I feel good. In “Still Pumping” Arnie talks about how it is that ability to go through the pain barrier that separates out the champions, so today whenever I felt like I couldn’t go one more rep this voice in the back of my head said “maybe its the next rep thats gonna make you grow”, and I forced out at least one more.
Anyone else experience these sudden ebbs and flows in motivation? It was literally this time yesterday I was ready to jack it all in.