If you're having an off week, or couple weeks, or month... It's fine. It's a part of life. If you are with a trainer, your trainer will guide you right past it, no problem. If you are on your own, it's a bit trickier.

First of all, drop all of your guilt. It's not part of human nature to be go-go-go all the time. To be constantly moving upward. We have to have some dips, some trenches to move through, some ruts to bust past in order to move up in the bigger picture. So, acknowledge you've hit a slower pace, maybe even a temporary wall. It's fine! It's normal! Sometimes we have to wrestle a bit to get back on track. This is the tricky part, because sometimes we get pissed off and don't bloody well feel like wrestling. We feel like rebelling! So, work with your rebellious self. You don't have to jump right back on the treadmill for your weekly or daily run, or hit the weights at the same numbers you'd been doing. Try something a bit different. Head out for a brisk walk, a bike ride, or a 20 elliptical session. Then, do 5 minutes of core in front of the tv. Make your fitness self and your burnt out, rebellious self friends again. Merge the two.

You will be feeling motivated by action (even just a little) again, renewed, and happier than ever. We have to have the dips or the ruts to regain appreciation for movement and accomplishment. If you've been in a rut, calmly put down your cookie and do SOMETHING. However small.

You'll be right back on track in no time! Guaranteed. In short - "Hi rut! I see you." Hug it, then let it go.

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