For the past five years, working out has been a struggle for me. When I look back before I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I was incredibly active. I was training for half marathons and doing things like P90X and RushFit. I was at a good weight, and I feel I looked pretty good.

Time to channel my inner WW & conquer my mind!

I’m still struggling to get back to that place. I realize I may never get to the exact spot again, but I want to be healthier and workout more. My mind plays tricks on me; it makes me think it will be too hard to work out when I’m tired. In reality, it makes me feel better. I have to remind myself of that more often.

Last week I had a horrible experience on the run. My dog and I were attacked by five older puppies. I had anxiety for the rest of the week and couldn’t get myself out the door. If something had happened to my dog, I couldn’t live with myself.

Sunday, I woke up and realized I was making excuses. I decided to do a strength workout. But I did it without a watch. I didn’t track it anywhere. I just did it. I pushed myself. I worked up a sweat. It felt amazing.

I had a setback Monday, but I decided to switch my rest day (Friday) with Monday. Tuesday, I did another strength workout. I intently focused on form. I attempted some higher weights but ended up switching them out for the second set. Another workout that felt amazing! I rewarded myself with a post-workout margarita for Cinco de Mayo.

This morning I got up, ate a picky bar, and then headed out for a run. Wednesdays are my speedwork day, so I did a one-mile warmup with the dog, dropped her off, and then followed my workout for the day. I hit my time goal for each repeat except for one. Someone was out with their dogs, not on leashes. They came over to me, so I stopped running and pet the dogs while waiting for the owner to collect them.

We often have times when our motivation fails us. Sometimes it’s ok to take a break. A break might be what we really need. The important part is to assess how you feel and get back on track as soon as you can. I find if we languish too long it gets harder and harder to get back on track.

How do you keep yourself motivated and on track with your workouts?


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.