That Motivation Situation
So here's what I've told a few people recently, and it's quite likely the number one reason why I've lost so much weight:
Sure, it's great to have it. Fantastic. In fact I'm not suggesting that you shouldn't go looking for it if yours is currently the suddenly-disappeared-into-the-netherworld variety. (Me, I love fitness and weight loss quotes with what is probably an unhealthy passion). What I am saying, is that even if you don't have motivation, it's no excuse not to still work towards your goal.
Goals and motivation to get to them are clearly different things. I consider goals to be more long term, whereas the motivation to work towards that goal is a more immediate thing. "Do I go to the gym today?"... "Nah, I'm comfortable here on the couch and it's cold/wet/hot/*insert your excuse out there and I don't feel like it." You probably have the same conversation in your head over whether you really need to eat chips, or pie, or chocolate too. End result? Time passes, your eating isn't great, your exercise isn't great, and you're complaining on the internet that your 'motivation' left you.
So here's my secret. Those marketing gurus over at Nike were onto something - JUST DO IT. Sure, there were days where my motivation wasn't there. But I decided, when I set my goal to lose half my body weight, that it just didn't matter. My end goal is far more important to me than if I feel like dragging my sorry backside to the gym on this particular day. (As a note, I also find that if I exercise, I have a bit more leeway if I do decide to eat more chocolate, my Archilles heel!) And since now I also have fitness goals, you're probably getting the idea that going to the gym is quite important to me.
Create a routine, which in turn will create habit. Make a commitment to yourself that you will STICK TO YOUR ROUTINE. Then JUST DO IT. Motivated or not, time is going to pass. And it's ultimately up to you what you do with that time. I vote not to ramble on the internet about how my 'motivation' has left me, because it's far more satisfying to show results, whether or not the motivation to get them was currently in residence.
And one more secret I'll share... often the road to more motivation involves travelling the first part without it. Just do it, you'll understand what I mean soon enough.