Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Motivation #1: Freedom from Sugar and Salt
"TRENT: (Snaps fingers) I’ve got it. My motivation is freedom. I want to be free to make healthy decisions. I want to be able to reap the benefits of the exercises that I do. I want to have the healthy food choices shape a healthier life rather than offset other unhealthy ones. I want to sail my ship, not constantly be bailing water out! That’s my motivation. Freedom! "
Motivation #2: To be Able to Exercise to the Fullest
Even though I've lost 20-30 pounds over the last 2 years, I've still felt like the fat kid when exercising. I met with a potential personal trainer this morning, and it finally hit me why.
Even though I was able to do all of the exercises with proper form, the stretches were killer and I felt more resistance than the weights should have been giving.
I lack flexibility especially in the neck/shoulders and lower body (a product of sitting in front of the computer all day). I could probably do several more bootcamp, kickboxing and Pilates moves (and moves to the highest level) if my neck and legs weren't so tight.
As I looked back over the survey that my motivation sent me last week, I realize that I ranked my satisfaction with my flexibility really low. It's time to do something about that
So, My goal is to improve flexibility through basic stretching and Pilates (not much into Yoga). I work out the details next year and learn how to stretch properly
I want to feel healthier and less tense throughout the day. I want to recover more quickly from workouts. I want to feel healthier. I've heard that good flexibility will increase strength. I want to be able to do 90-100% of the moves in any given fitness class without having to modify them to accommodate unstretched, tight muscles.
I fully admit that I don't know what that increased flexibility will feel or be like....
But I will find out.
- TD Out!
Monday, December 19, 2011
(knock on door. Trent opens door. Motivation walks in with Santa suit on).
MOTIVATION: Ho Ho HO!!!
TRENT: To you as well.
MOTIVATION: So...read your answers to the email.
TRENT: Cool, what did you think?
MOTIVATION: Generally average. Some areas better than others. Again, your satisfaction levels reflect that you are a typical slightly overweight American who could use some improvement, but are generally OK.
TRENT: Again, that’s where I struggle.
MOTIVATION: You ranked your satisfaction with your vegetable consumption as “4”. Really, Trent? Really?
TRENT: My lack of vegetables doesn’t bother me. I know it should, but it doesn’t.
MOTIVATION: C’est la vie. So this was to isolate areas that you were dissatisfied. For your eating you had some really goods and really bads, but your overall satisfaction didn’t average out. Talk to me.
TRENT: I still don’t have my eating under control. The dairy intake is good, the fruits are consistent. It’s just that the sugar intake and the eating out is keeping me back.
TRENT: Even if I ate 5 vegetables a day this would still bother me.
TRENT: because I feel like I have this weight/burden on my shoulders. Every good thing that I’m doing is being offset by my eating habits.
MOTIVATION: So what’s the remedy?
TRENT: I want to reduce my sugar consumption. I want to eat out less. That’s my goal.
MOTIVATION: Those aren’t goals. Those are restrictions. State that in goal form.
TRENT: (Thinking): My goal is to consume more healthy carbs and to prepare more healthy meals at home.
MOTIVATION: Awesomesauce on Pasta! Great goal. So here’s the real question: “Regarding that, who am I? What’s your motivation for that?”
TRENT: To be healthy
MOTIVATION: You already are healthy. Remember?
TRENT: Right, right….
(Trent thinks for a few seconds)
MOTIVATION: What do you get or have if you are able to achieve that. Why do you want that?
TRENT: (Snaps fingers) I’ve got it. My motivation is freedom. I want to be free to make healthy decisions. I want to be able to reap the benefits of the exercises that I do. I want to have the healthy food choices shape a healthier life rather than offset other unhealthy ones. I want to sail my ship, not constantly be bailing water out! That’s my motivation. Freedom!
MOTIVATION: Gives thumbs up (Santa suit has gloves). That’s probably not going to be your only motivation and goal, but it’s a great start.
MOTIVATION: Nah, that one’s all you! I’ll send another email for you to ponder.
(A sleigh being pulled by 8-10 flying reindeer pulls up to Trent’s window. Trent’s motivation opens the window, hops into sleigh, and waves at Trent)
MOTIVATION: Merry Christmas, Trent!!!
TRENT: (Waves back) You too!!!
(Sleigh flies off into the night as a silhouette against the moon)
TRENT: (watches as sleigh flies off, closes window, smiles and shakes his head) What a strange little man.
(To be continued)
Saturday, December 10, 2011
(Trent and his currently invisible motivation are in Trent’s apartment)
Trent: OK, hit me with your best shot. Ask me anything, I can take it.
Motivation: Ummmm, why are you still here on SparkPeople?
Trent: Come again?
Motivation: Why are you still here? On Sparkpeople?
Trent: Ummm, I have great Sparkfriends (who I love very much)……I ………..hmmm….
Motivation: You use this site like it’s Facebook. There are so many other things that can get you to your goal(s) on this site. Articles, Daily Sparkblogs, recipes, communities. You know this. You used to chase the SparkPoints.
Oh and speaking of goals, what exactly is your goal at this point?
Trent: I want to be 195 pounds and 15% body fat
Motivation: Bravo! So…….why do you want to be that?
Trent: Ummmmmmm……… good question.
Motivation: Come on, seriously, you’re like 5-10 pounds above that. You’re in basically good shape. You’re blood pressure is good. You’re physically the typical American that could “stand to lose a few pounds”. You’ll puff up a little over the holidays and then lose it right after New Years. If you had gotten to where you are by any other means, you would probably have no clue as to why people would go on this site.
Trent: Fair enough.
Motivation: You can last an hour in any class from Pilates to Kickboxing. You’re probably one of the healthiest people on this site that hasn’t gotten that motivator award thingie…
Trent: Actually…..I kind of have gotten that.
(clunking noise from motivation hitting head on table)
Motivation (in total disbelief): You’re joking, right?
Trent: I know.
Motivation: You are one of the least motivated people ever to come on this site!!! How can you possibly motivate anyone!!?? It would be bad enough if you had an actual vision and struggled/fumbled for it, but YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE A BASIC IDEA OF WHAT YOU WANT or WHY!!???
Trent: But that’s why you’re here, right? To get me to that point
Motivation: No, *YOUR* job is to figure out what *I* am.
Motivation: Alright, I’m going Herzberg on you (starting at the bottom teir). Here’s your challenge for the week:
** Identify what about you and your health or related, if anything, you are dissatisfied with and why**
Start reading SP Motivation Articles. Dust off your copy of the Spark and see what that has to say. Keep commenting on Friends’ blogs like you usually do, but put out on the table what you are dissatisfied with where you are and why (if you actually are).
Also establish how dissatisfied with these things you are on a scale of 1-10. What you come up with may be enough to start building some motivation. Write one of your “Pity Party” blogs with the disclaimer. Those are h00t to the w00t!!
Trent: Why Herzberg? Why not Maslow?
Motivation: Too complicated. Save the self-actualization stuff until you’re off of training wheels. Just sayin’
Motivation: I’ll be back next week or early the following and we’ll discuss further.
(Motivation gets up and walks to the door)
Trent: Cool. l8r.
(Motivation exists apartment)
(to be continued)
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