Closet Cleanout and An Exercise Rut

Happy Monday!

I haven’t set monthly goals in quite some time, but I think it was a good idea that I wrote some Friday because I already knocked out one of my June goals – cleaning out my closet! I went through everything and pulled out things that I haven’t worn/don’t fit well and put them all in a huge pile to donate:

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When I got my style makeover last year, the questions we asked about each piece were:

    • Do I love it?
    • Is it flattering?

I had to answer yes to both of those or else they made it into the pile, which later transformed into brown paper bags which are more presentable.

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It feels so good to lighten the load!

Exercise Rut

So. I am really struggling with exercise lately. This weekend I did bike around for a couple of hours on Saturday and did a 14 mile ride on Sunday because it was SO gorgeous outside, but I didn’t make it to the gym once last week during the week! I’ve been doing walks to and from work most days (~2.6 miles), but have really been having a hard time doing legitimate exercise and making it a priority. I just haven’t felt like going to the gym!

I think part of it is that I have been insanely busy with work/life (with a pretty big announcement for me coming soon on that one!) and also because I just finished my last long race of the season, which left me feeling pretty defeated. I have had lots of obligations/things I want to do after work that have involved alcohol, which makes it hard to wake up early the next day to exercise. But these are all just excuses. I need to get a handle on this before it gets out of hand!

So here’s where I need your help.

What’s your #1 tip for busting out of an exercise rut?

25 Comments on Closet Cleanout and An Exercise Rut

  1. Kim @ Living, Laughing & Losing
    June 4, 2012 at 8:44 am (8 years ago)

    I’m in a rut, too due to being on vacation and then sick for almost 2 weeks. I’m thinking about trying a new class or 2 to get motivated again. I know I’ll feel better when I do.

  2. Mary
    June 4, 2012 at 8:47 am (8 years ago)

    My number one tip is to workout make plans to workout with a buddy! When I know others are going to meet me, it keeps me more reliable.

  3. kiki
    June 4, 2012 at 8:47 am (8 years ago)

    I am not allowed to shower until I exercise. Doesn’t work all the time…but it helps.

  4. Brooke
    June 4, 2012 at 8:50 am (8 years ago)

    I completely understand what you are going through. When I’m in an exercise rut I try to find a new class or activity to help jumpstart my motivation. For example, I ran my first half marathon earlier this year, but found that it was hard to get back into a routine without a new goal in mind. I decided that I needed to find something brand new to be excited about and started taking a rowing class on the Occoquan River! Now I look forward to exercising 3 times a week 🙂 Hope this helps!

  5. Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake
    June 4, 2012 at 8:57 am (8 years ago)

    I’m not a morning exerciser, so for me, the key is to go to the gym right after work. If I lay around for awhile, I give myself too many opportunities to blow off my workout. Exercise is so good for my mental health, so the flip side is that the longer I blow off the gym, the worse I feel and the less I want to work out, even though it’s the one thing I need most.

  6. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    June 4, 2012 at 9:14 am (8 years ago)

    I’ve been in a rut, as well. I don’t see this week being much more productive than the last few because I’ve got quite a few obligations… but I’m hoping the race this weekend will kick my butt into gear!

  7. Kandi
    June 4, 2012 at 9:41 am (8 years ago)

    What gets me out of a rut? Visualizing those items of clothes in my closet I know I still can’t wear and realizing I never will unless I get moving!

  8. Jenny
    June 4, 2012 at 9:44 am (8 years ago)

    If I am really lacking the motivation, I have to offer myself a reward if I accomplish my goals. For example: workout 3x in a week and I can go get some frozen yogurt, or pull out a long run then I can take a guilt-free afternoon lounging on the couch with a good book. I also really love the 4 AP/day challenge groups on WW–nothing like the fear of being kicked out of a group to make me move my booty. 🙂

  9. Amy
    June 4, 2012 at 10:00 am (8 years ago)

    I agree with earlier posts- try a new activity, especially a class where you will be accountable! Also, I like to set a goal to get more AP than I did the previous weeks, as well as get more steps on my pedometer!

  10. Katie
    June 4, 2012 at 10:05 am (8 years ago)

    Girl, I think it’s time for you to sign up for a triathlon. I think you will enjoy the multi-sport training and it will be something new & different for you to get you out of your rut… That or train for a cycling event. 🙂

  11. Lisa @ Jogging on Coffee
    June 4, 2012 at 10:09 am (8 years ago)

    I was getting bored at the gym too so I started taking new classes. I discovered that kickboxing is actually fun when I always thought I’d hate it!

  12. Lauren
    June 4, 2012 at 11:41 am (8 years ago)

    Come try a kickboxing class with me at LA Boxing. I was in a rut last year, and these classes (while ubber expensive) give me the energy to keep on exercising. Plus, it helps to have a workout that kicks you butt every week! 😀 Let me know if you are interested!

  13. Megan W.
    June 4, 2012 at 11:50 am (8 years ago)

    For me, it’s doing a 20 minute exercise video – like Jillian 30 day shred – b/c its ONLY 20 min and everyone has time for that especially since you don’t have to leave the house. p.s. you’re the one who introduced me to jillian videos and I love them! Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism is probably my favorite and about 50 min long.

  14. Jennifer
    June 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm (8 years ago)

    For me my workouts are simply a way to have uninterrupted time to listen to fun music, so if I’m in a rut, sometimes it helps to make a new fun playlist to listen to. Sometimes it works! 😉 I need to take my own advice

    Can’t wait to hear your new life news!

  15. Heather
    June 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm (8 years ago)

    My # 1 tip is to pack a bag, bring it into the office with me and change before I leave work. That way I’m already in my clothes and can drive straight to the gym and start working out right away. No taking time to change in the locker room, which is an excuse I’ve used before (a pathetic one).

    Now that it’s getting super hot, I also motivate myself by taking my dog for a run in the AM. I rationalize that it’s too hot to take him after work, and he needs exercise too, so that gets me going b/c I’d do pretty much anything for him!

  16. Roz@weightingfor50
    June 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm (8 years ago)

    Sometimes having a buddy helps. Or try something you’ve never tried before. OOH…an announcement??? Fun!

  17. Conni Jo
    June 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm (8 years ago)

    Try something new and challenging!

  18. Allie
    June 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm (8 years ago)

    From reading your post, it seems like the rut isn’t exercise but the gym. Maybe you should take a few runs outside or look around for an outdoor exercise class until you get back into a routine.

  19. robin
    June 5, 2012 at 6:23 am (8 years ago)

    I just want to play! Just like when I was a kid. I want to do kick ball, four square, hop scotch, swim, bike, hide and seek. I hate most exercise because its just not fun. I need more fun in my life.

  20. Sundi Jo
    June 5, 2012 at 6:46 am (8 years ago)

    Doing it even when I don’t “feel” like it.

  21. Carrie @ Season It Already!
    June 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm (8 years ago)

    Question for you: Are you signed up for another race? (Sorry if I’ve missed it.) I’m a brand new runner and before I was planning for a race it was a matter of working out or not. However, when knowing I have a race coming up, I feel like I have to stick to a plan or I won’t be ready!

  22. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    June 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m a big fan of “bootcamp” and Tabata-style workouts that are super high intensity for a very short amount of time. I can get a pretty kick-butt workout done in 20 minutes with Tabata that is way more intense than an hour of cardio! I like these workouts too because you can change them up every single day and never do the same thing twice!

  23. alexchap30
    April 6, 2015 at 11:52 am (5 years ago)

    I loved reading about your closet cleanout.
    I do a clothing exchange at my house once a year. I generally have about 15+ friends and friends of friends come over and we try on and get critiques. We all clean out our closets, get some new to us great items and we donate leftovers to our nearby ” DRESS FOR SUCESS”
    Always a fun day!
    Carla chapman


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