Won't tell you my whole story except to say I'm 3.5 years sober. Started to work towards a healthier body 2 years ago and have been lifting in earnest for the last year. Progress is a happenin' !!
It struck me very early on that the tools I use to not feel the need to drink/take drugs, are the same tools I use to NOT get demoralised. I must stress that they do not "pump" me up...rather they nulify any loss of motivation.
Again, I won't bore you with the entire shabang...the info is out there if you want/need it...but one of the methods is called taking "inventory" whereby you analyse any feelings of resentment or fear and identify it for what it is. It's a neat little trick when you apply it to workouts.
It's based on 14 defects of character
**IMPORTANT: This list is a small part of a bigger picture. Inventory is a nessessary tool in recovery. I give this info freely because I find it helpfull and it is information that is shared freely amongst us Alcoholics, and something we believe can help anyone..non-alcoholic as well, but it is in no way mean't to be a description of how to get/stay sober...if you want that info I'll gladly help, as will the AA helpline.
Pride (what will people say)
Self Pity (why always me)
Self Centeredness (me, me, me)
Dishonesty (..this includes hypochrecy)
Intolerance (i simply won't accept that)
Envy (Wanting what others have)
Jelousy (Resenting the affection shown others)
Greed (I want more more more for me me me)
Sloth (Couch potato)
Glutony (6 Pizzas...again!!!)
Lust (selfish desire for sex)
Selfishness (unwilling to share what's mine)
Arrogance (thinking I know better than everyone else)
Impatience (I want it now, now, now)
When you feel yourself losing steam...not wanting to eat chicken and apples anymore...not wanting to get out of bed...not wanting to lift that set/that heavy/that many reps etc etc etc I have found that generally one or more of the things on the list is the cause. I see it/them as glowing red.
I personally recognise my not wanting to go to the gym at 6am as my Sloth (I just want to lay here in my own filth), my Glutony (I actually want to go to Starbucks and eat 3 muffins with a full fat Late), my Pride (I don't want my friends to think I'm nuts for going running at 6 am), my Self Pity (why do I have to run this early God when my friends don't have to), my Intolerance (I hate myself for not being motivated enough)
Looking in the mirror and getting demoralised: Pride, Self Pity, Self Centered, Impatient, Intolerant etc
I write them all down on paper and in a column and look at them. What the problem is, and what is glowing red because of it. Once they go down on paper it's up to you to choose: They can stay there, or you can carry them back into your head again. They usualy stay on the paper.
We also use the "Just For Today" card...there is one line that resonates more clearly for me with regards to motivation...:
"Just for today...I can do something for 12 hours that would appal me if I thought I had to keep it up for a lifetime."
Happy lifting folks!