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What Motivates Me?

Monday, November 21, 2011

It has been over 3 years since I first joined SPARK and though I made great progress early on, I found myself stuck in a rut or slump. Realizing this is my own doing, I decided to take control back and joined a new "Motivate" challenge with Done Being the Fat Girl Team. How appropriate as what I definitely need is motivation! Our first challenge is to assess what it is that motivates us...why did we join the challenge, SPARK, or made the decision to do something now?

I joined SPARK in 2008 as a result of being so unhappy with myself and being the heaviest I had ever been in my life. I had quit smoking 3 years prior and allowed myself the excuse to eat as a replacement. Well that could not continue! SPARK itself was a motivation in the beginning... so many resources, support groups, ability to track food and fitness! The first 6 months I was rocking (I lost over 50 lbs.) - then I seemed to lose momentum.... WHY!?

I have struggled to identify why the change in motivation. However, asking myself this question now has me really thinking it boils down to boredom. I love change and new things are motivating to me. No different than this new "Motivate" challenge giving me a SPARK to jump back on that wagon and be motivated again. NOW I ask myself, what am I going to do to keep things changing and the motivation running high? This challenge is 15 weeks long, so I have some time to think about what is next. However, for the time being our "Motivate" leaders will keep things new for me each week.

I WILL SUCCEED - the time is NOW!

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CEEG-ERRIFIC 11/22/2011 12:52PM

I've noticed that many roads are filled with ruts and the road to a healthy lifestyle and weight loss is no exception. Success is finding a way around, through and out of those ruts.

Glad to see that the MOTIVATE challenge is going to help you get through this one.

And we can do it together.

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TENACITY918 11/22/2011 11:41AM

    You can do this!! I am sure that with the support and motivation from the members of the mamas team, you will achieve your goals!! Keep your eye on the prize & never give up!!

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RYDERB 11/22/2011 11:26AM

    YES you can, and YES you will! emoticon
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Focusing on my daily goals help to keep me motivated. Everyday is a new chance to make myself proud.

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DANNIELLEFIT 11/22/2011 7:53AM

    I know what you mean about boredom and needing to be challenged. As long as you find a way to keep yourself going, you will be able to reach your goals.

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HEARTOFCHRIST 11/21/2011 10:20PM

    I love do overs! That is the best thing about weight loss. You can have a do over and start over again!

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MPLSKEN 11/21/2011 8:53PM

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POLK-A-DOTS 11/21/2011 7:34PM

    Change is's so much fun to start a new routine, or in this case challenge! We can do this! Go Bahama Mama's! emoticon

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JCARDINAL 11/21/2011 11:42AM

    Staying motivated is one of my problems too. We can do it!!

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 11/21/2011 11:37AM

    You ARE succeeding just by being here!


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Why is taking care of ourselves so hard?... or is it?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Why do I continue to struggle in consistency in taking care of myself? I know what I need to do, but why is it so much easier to not do it? I cannot seem to keep myself motivated long term. Will power is a mind set; some days I choose to press over-ride and sabotage my own well being.

I need to come up with a new plan; the past and present plan is not working. emoticon
I must find overall balance again (work, home, family, friends, school, and most importantly ME!). I'm an organized person who is feeling out of control, so a new plan is in order and involves better planning of my time.

emoticon Sunday GOAL - WI for start of new plan; find better time mgmt/calendar app for phone or purchase old fashioned one to begin using on Monday.

Wish me luck! emoticon

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MASTERCARE 8/15/2010 5:04PM

    It is hard. Yet...once you start doing does come easier. Still a lot of work though. Wishing you the best! Always!

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APRILSHOWER555 8/15/2010 10:35AM

    Organizing our lives is a huge, and it does take a bit of work. If you have microsoft outlook, you can schedule everything on your calendar. If you have an ITouch, you can synchronize your outlook calendar or actually any calendar on there and it will give you 15 minute before the time reminders. This has been one of my helpers last year for work, school, and life! Although some people prefer the written kind, and hey whatever works for you!!!

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HEARTOFCHRIST 8/15/2010 9:08AM

    When you feel out of control or stressed, just breathe. Take a few moments to close your eyes, relax your mind and just breathe.....

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LONGWINDINRD 8/15/2010 12:27AM

  Me too!

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Reaching Completion x 2!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

When my little boy started school 12 years ago, I never imagined it to go by so quickly. I also never imagined him to turn out to be the extraordinary individual he is. Yes, we all have high hopes for our children, but realize they are human too and will make mistakes as they grow. I think back to some of the things my husband and I did as teenagers and here stories of what other parents have experienced, and realize we are VERY lucky to have such a wonderful son! Now he has reached completion of his high school education and will begin a new chapter in his life. This fall he will be off to college, but for now I'm going to focus on enjoying the time we have together with him at home.

When I graduated HS, I also never imagined reaching completion of my next educational chapter. I was not ready for college back then and some time ago decided in order to progress in my career, I needed to get that piece of paper to add to my experience. Well it only took me about 10 years to reach that goal, a few life bumps along the way, but I finally reached completion in obtaining my Bachelor's degree - and boy does it feel good! What felt even better was how proud my husband was of my accomplishment too. :o)

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SWCURRY 6/10/2010 11:56PM

    Congrats to you both! What an accomplishment! emoticon

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MASTERCARE 6/10/2010 4:12PM

    WOOHOO! Congrats to you both!

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FRAN-SOLEIL 6/10/2010 11:22AM

    What great accomplishments for you and your son!

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HEARTOFCHRIST 6/10/2010 6:56AM

    I am very proud of you both! I am one of those who never finished college. I went for a few years and then dropped out to get married and have babies. You've accomplished a wonderful goal and I wish the very best for all of you!

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5 Things I Like

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Teal Trooper Daily Challenge - 5 things I like about me:

1) I am a strong person
2) I am dependable
3) I am caring
4) I am a good mother
5) I am not a quitter

Why is it so hard to say what we like about ourselves? I am perfectionist, and find it much easier to find something that can be fixed vs. celebrating what is good... something I need to work on.

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HEARTOFCHRIST 5/13/2010 7:11AM

    I was taught from a young age you don't talk about youself which has progressed into you don't think about yourself, only others. It has taken years for me to learn that it is okay to feel good about myself. It is okay to be proud of something I've done. It's okay to think about my needs every once in a whle and it's okay to see something good in myself!

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MAXFOCUS 5/12/2010 10:45PM

    I feel the same way about myself - so much easier to find things that need improvement vs. what is wonderful already. We need to change ourselves around. You're not a capricorn are you? LOL

You have a great list there!!

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Change feels good!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

For the past year, I have sabotaged my own success with doubt and allowing emotion to control my choices. The alternative seemed too daunting and unobtainable. It was just easier to continue on the negative path I had allowed myself to follow. However, I reached a point that I could no longer look at myself in the mirror and be happy with what I was doing to my body. It was necessary for me to make a u-turn and go back the other direction. Although, I knew what I needed to do, I was still not convinced I could... those smaller portions and healthier choices seem so far from what I had been living, how could I transition back to that again?

Well it has been almost two weeks and I HAVE done it!!! 8 out of the 12 days I have stayed within my calorie range, 8 out of 12 days I have stayed within my fat range, and 9 out of the 12 days I stayed within my carb range! ... and I doubted myself - shame on me.

The change feels good and I look forward to what the next year brings!

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HEARTOFCHRIST 5/4/2010 10:48PM

    Great blog! You should be proud!

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TAMNTN 4/24/2010 1:58PM

    AWESOME!!! You must feel so great right now! Keep the momentum going. Any time doubt rises in your mind....ALWAYS replace it with a positive really does work. And Keep on Sparking! :)

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