Four Ways to Fight Apathy


When I reached my highest weight, I felt nothing but apathy. It was as if every day was a cold rainy day, and I just didn’t want to get out of bed. At that time:

  • Getting into even decent shape seemed so far away that it felt more like a fantasy than an achievable goal; and
  • Getting into great shape was completely outside of the realm of possibilities.

The result? 

  • I fell into a complete state of apathy. And if things had gone a little differently, I might still be there today.
  • I wasted precious time dreaming of a fantasy transformation instead of slowly beginning to introduce the small changes that my body actually needed and wanted.

When does apathy strike?: 

Apathy tends to strike when the place where you WANT TO BE seems too far away from the place where you CURRENTLY ARE.

So naturally, you need to find ways to trick your brain into feeling:

  • that the road ahead of you isn’t so bad; AND
  • that you’re closer to where you want to be than you actually are.

Four Ways to Fight Apathy:

  1. Reduce your ambition. This seems counterintuitive, but it works. Try the “do one thing” rule
  2. Set SMALL Behavioral Goals. You can never control outcomes, but you can ALWAYS control behaviors. What is one SMALL behavior you can change every day for this entire week? Examples: have salad for lunch every day; do 50 crunches before bed; eat one probiotic food every day.
  3. Increase your motivation. See here.
  4. Chop up your outcome-based goals. To the extent you do focus on outcome-based goals, cut them up into bite sized chunks. This is important! See my post on Aiming for Eight.

What are some ways that you fight apathy?


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11 thoughts on “Four Ways to Fight Apathy”

  1. I was apathetic for the last 4 nights. I would do great during the day, and then run out of steam and eat whatever my mind could dream up. I had stopped fully prepping my meals. Thanks for the wake up call! My goal for the rest of the week is to plan and prep my meals.


    1. I’ve DEFINITELY had that problem of night eating. For me, the only thing that works is keeping the tempting stuff outside of the house. And even so, I sometimes still cave and order something or go to 7/11.

      I don’t personally meal prep, but I know that a lot of people do and it works great for them. A small goal like that for a short amount of time (ie..the rest of the week) could be perfect for you. Let me know how it goes 🙂

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  2. Thanks for these suggestions! Beautifully Written! Btw, I nominated you for the “Liebster Award” so check out my latest post for more info! Have a wonderful week :).


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