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The whole "Motivation" issue. Big Beck weighs in. 2 cents worth

Friday, October 01, 2010

I just read a blog by "not about the face" and her take on motivation really made me think about it. What if we only did what we felt motivated to do? I constantly hear my co-workers say " I am so not motivated to do this today." Which translates to , "I don't feel like schlepping stuff from the backroom to the sales floor and putting it on the shelf." or "I don't feel like smiling and being nice to the customers." So? So I have to do it anyway. It's my job. If I don't do it I will loose my job and I will have no income. So we all do what needs to be done in spite of not being motivated to do it. Like" not about the face" said, who is motivated to brush their teeth? Take a shower? Sure sometimes a hot shower sounds so good and we want it more than anything, but if we only took a shower at those times, whew! What a stinky world it would be. Eating what we need instead of what we want should be the same kind of "Have to". It's my health at stake and what is more important than that? If I think income is essential then being healthy and able to work should be a no brainer. So I don't get to indulge in a pint of Haagen Daas cookie dough ice cream. What? I'm just gonna go ahead and eat it because I'm not motivated to not eat it? That's asking a lot. So does that mean that I never again get to eat a pint of H.D. Cookie dough? Well, yeah. I never again get to set with my feet up in the break room for two full hours while someone else covers for me. I never again get to skip showers for 5 days in a row. I cannot stop brushing my teeth. I can still eat some icecream. I just have to think about portion controll. I don't have to get motivated to think about it either. Just do it. I am responsible. Weather I'm motivated or not.

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EBETH13 10/2/2010 5:09PM

    Hm, true......the old adage, "If you don't do it, nobody else will."

Thanks for sharing!

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MISSY455 10/1/2010 10:58PM

    emoticon blog. I think you are definitely on to something here! Thanks for sharing :-)

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Boo Hoo. Poor me.

Friday, September 03, 2010

I gained four pounds this week. It's gonna take me a month to get rid of them again. How could this have happened? No really. How? OK. My stress level has been higher. I'm arranging to have all my worldly possesions shipped from one state to another. It's not as easy as it sounds. I've had my Grandson overnight twice so that changes my evening and morning routine. (An excuse to not exercise.) Plus I had to try the recipie for mini cheescakes I found on s.p. They werevery good. The recipie made 13 instead of twelve. I ate all 13 of them. Not all in one day! I also drank a six pack of beer this week. Not all in one day. And I found a baked goodie on sale at the market that was so decadant and delicious, but I have no idea how many calories. I ate that too. I took a bag of chocolates to work to share cause all the girls bring chocolates to share and I figured It was my turn, even though I try to stay away from them when other people bring them, I didn't stay away from the ones I brought. Ok Ok so the fact that I gained four pounds in not the surprise. The surprise is that I am surprised. I shouldn't be. I did it to myself, obviously. The up side is... I know how to fix it. It slows me down but I'm not gonna let it stop me. Back on track for this week. I'm off to the gym. Bye!

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MISSY455 9/4/2010 12:20AM

    Dust yourself off, and get back on that track. Maybe a couple of extra machines at the gym once or twice this week might help. Or take an additional walk one evening while the weather is still cooperating.

Just don't beat yourself up over it. We all get derailed, mine was chips today and not just one handful either. You have been doing so well, and can again. Tomorrow is a new day with a new beginning.

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Talismans signs and portents.

Friday, August 06, 2010

I happen to be one of those people who sort of believes in lucky charms and such. Not the magically delicious kids cereal, charms, like four leaf clovers and rabbits feet. Hey, I'm Irish. It's in my blood. I'm also Scottish. So cheap is in my blood too. So I have this chain of colored paper clips hanging on my bathroom mirror. I recieved one clip for each pound I lost at Weight Watchers two , going on three, years ago. Only now the chain is about 20 clips too long because of my backsliding and my growing backside. But the backside is shrinking again so thats good but the clip chain has kind of become a millstone. I see it every morning and instead of motivating me it taunts me. "You lost 50 pounds once but NOW look at you." Yeah, so I have this talking paper clip chain. Weird. Anyway. I'm done with the guilt. I gained back nearly thirty of the 50 I originally lost but now I've lost 12 of the thirty I gained back. So I'm on it. So the chain of guilt is going away. But I don't want to just throw it away. That's part Irish, superstition. It's a talisman right? I can't just throw it away. And part scottish. They'r perfectly good paper clips! I'm not going to just throw them away!.. So I had this Idea to use them to help me visually track my exercise on a daily basis. I'll take them all apart and put one clip in a new chain for each day I exercise. And in a couple of months, I'll have to go buy a new box of paper clips. Problem solved.

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SOBEKNOFRET 8/6/2010 10:59AM

    emoticon I've got the same Scots/Irish problem, so sing it sister! Good luck and it sounds like a great plan to me!

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What's different?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I was thinking (always an iffy proposition) about blogging about the list of things that, for me, illustrates how my life is changing for the better day by day. You know, like, I don't breath as hard running up the stairs. Running? Oh yeah. I can run up the stairs. And I don't have to lie down on the bed to zip up my jeans. I'm Wearing Jeans! I can kind of feel a place where my thighs won't be rubbing together pretty soon when I'm walking. I'm walking to and from work everyday. When I started going to the gym I worked out for 20 to 30 minutes on a stationary bike. It made my butt ache. I wanted to try the elliptical machine. Which I did. Even at the lowest setting I couldn't make myself go for more than 5 minutes at first. It just exhausted my thighs. I kept thinking, "How does anyone do this for 30 minutes?" Now I ride my bike to the gym uphill both ways in a blizzard and crank that puppy up to level 7 and rock out for thirty minutes and ride home. Oh yeah, I do strength training too. I paddle a kayak around the lake all weekend. I just bought a snorkle and mask for underwater exploration. I've completed a couple of hikes that the guide books say are strenuous. So the scale hasn't moved down as far as I would have liked. Oh well. Things are going pretty good anyway. I don't have anything in my house to eat that could be consisdered bad for me except the skinny cow truffle bars and a few diet soda's. Nothing but fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, beans, beans, fish, did I mention the beans? I'm doing well. I'm on my way to changing my life. Changing my mind set. Changing my clothes. I'm gonna go ride my bike before it gets too hot out. Catch ya later.

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GRAHARE 7/29/2010 11:04AM

  Wow! You are awesome and an inspiration. It's so important to reflect on and notice things as they change. Sometimes we forget cause we're so focused on the "big" goal, we don't notice the smaller ones we accomplish everyday! emoticon

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Aging is not for the faint hearted.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I woke up this morning with some aches and pains. There is nothing new in that. And I am greatful that I woke up. I can remember a day in the not too distant past that I woke up without aches and pains. I miss those days. Now I have Busitis and arthritis. Nurigia and Nuralgia. Remember the Geritol comercials? Do they still make Geritol? What is Geritol anyway? But I digress. Another symptom of aging probably. My eyesight is getting worse. Just the close up eyesight. I wear reading glasses for reading, sewing, working on the computer. My distance vision is great. I'm more active now than I ever was in my youth, unless you call late night carousing being active. I guess I did do a lot of disco dancing. I owned a pretty nice ten speed bike back in the day too. I don't really remember riding it much but that doesn't mean I didn't ride it. I just don't remember. (sigh). But as much as I hate the poor vision thing, I think the slow metabolism thing is worse. When I think of the food I took for granted.... Those days are gone. Remember Mcdonalds Big Meal? Big Mac, Big Fries, Big Coke. Apple pie. Well, the pie was extra. Now I eat two cups of fresh spinache with 2.5 oz. of tuna and fat free dressing. I'm not being negetive. I'm just remeniscing. That's another symptom of aging. Ah, the glory days. Ok, got that out of my system, time to go track my nutrition.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/25/2010 12:05PM

    Right on! Aging is not for sissies.

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GREATGRANNY55 7/25/2010 11:05AM

    Amen, Sister!

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