My husband and I talked about motivation last night after he came home from work. I had only done one exercise that afternoon (instead of the usual four). I did four sets of squats with 25 reps each, and 30 on the last one. We’re getting a little older, and exercise is important to keep you looking younger and staying fit. Neither of us wants to get old and fat, or let ourselves go. It is a challenge to maintain a consistent, varied exercise routine that we both enjoy. We used to do quite a bit more jogging, but we haven’t been out along our favorite bay trails as much as we used to. We used to go jogging along the southern tip of the bay on trails along the former salt ponds in Sunnyvale. We haven’t been out there in quite a while, but both of us hope to get back into it.

My husband says that apathy and a general lack of motivation are part of my schizoaffective disorder. I don’t necessarily think I’m apathetic, sometimes I’m just lazy, and I do lack the motivation to exercise consistently on my own. I really need someone to go to the gym with, and go jogging with. Otherwise I don’t usually take it up on my own initiative. Having motivation for exercise also goes along with having the motivation to work on my appearance. I’m not a slob or anything, but I could use a few tips on hair styling and make-up. I’ve never spent much time on my personal appearance, other than the standard brushing of the hair, along with some basic foundation and powder for my face. I guess I’m a pretty basic woman when it comes to those sort of things. It would be nice to learn some tips and tricks in the hair and make-up department, so maybe I’ll look into that. I could probably find a workshop or class somewhere nearby.

I know that some people with schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses have trouble taking care of themselves, and their basic needs. I think it depends on the severity of their illness or the severity of their symptoms. For me, the more frequently I have symptoms, the harder it is for me to function normally. I can only imagine that it is the same for others.

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