There was a time when I didn't get the concept that motivation comes after the fact.
In other words, you must force yourself to do a chore the first time and then the, feeling of success you get gives you the motivation to do it again.
I proved it to myself again this morning. Being obsessed with getting my book Tattered Wings published, I find myself sitting hour after hour. I read it. I reread it. I make changes. Then I send out query letters and pages to prospective agents. When I look up at the clock it is noon. My pj's are still on and I have downed a pot of coffee.
The result of this daily behavior is stress and sore muscles. This morning I changed my routine. I got up, did the minimum chores I could ( no easy task on a 100 acre farm) and headed to the gym. Twenty minutes on the treadmill, ten minutes on the StairMaster and a variety of arm weights, helped melt the tension away.
Now, I find myself looking forward to going to the gym tomorrow. When I sit five hours working on my novel, I can smile. I did accomplish something for my health today. Tomorrow I will work on leg machines and increase my times on the tread mill and Stair Master( I didn't want to throw my body into shock on the first day).
Do something today for yourself. Sure, I am writing my book for me as much as anything (actually it is to get rid of those voices in my head). But, I am not doing it as the expense of my health.
Next I am going to tackle my ice cream obsession.