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Going Through The Motions!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Lately I've been paying a lot of lip service to fresh starts and new bandwagons...blah blah blah. I am definately putting in more of an effort than Nov/Dec...but it is the bare mimimum workout and calorie reduction in order to actually say I am doing this. It is not enough to get results. I'm treading water and going through the motions.

Oddly enough, I'm in a really good place otherwise. Seems like I should be hugely motivated and going forward - not stuck. On the other hand, I'm very busy right now and running on a little bit of an erratic schedule and that is typically the kiss of death for my health and fitness goals.

I do feel like like I'm making tiny bits of progress on exploring my "self" and slowly remolding some bad habits (drive throughs, secret grocery store binges).

So what will it take to light my Spark?
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SAVOY1 2/11/2009 9:13PM

    Thank you to each one of you - all of your comments were helpful and gave me a direction to think. Although I haven't labelled or identified a specific thing, I do think I've conjoured up more of a feeling or vibe that's helping to keep me going and start to dig a little deeper again when I need to make tough choices about getting out of bed or walking past the kitchen. I like the idea of an event with a specific date, but apart from self imposed deadlines which I've been blowing off for years...all I can come up with is " to be in the best shape I can possibly be in order to ride as good as I possibly can this summer and show people what the fat has-been and the little TB can really do" and " to look as smokin' hot as I possibly can this summer and make heads turn" (ambitious I realize, but hey, set the bar high) Of course both of these require external reactions from other people which is dangerous. Anyway, my wheels are turning, so that's good.

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LABYRINTH 2/11/2009 11:17AM

    My two cents...

Even professional athletes find themselves going through the motions. What I think makes them successful is that they continue to do it even when they don't feel 100 percent. They don't let the blahs prevent the workouts or the eating right. That becomes their baseline that they commit to no matter their thoughts, moods or days. For them, it's like brushing their teeth.

I know that this week I've had some workouts that I was WT? I hate this crap! but I kept going and pushing down those pedals. I got on the scale, and it hadn't budged. Crap! But I still went back and did the exercise and counted the calories.

So that's part of it. Another part of it is finding something that is meaningful to you personally. For example if you set something for yourself like "bellydance performance" and you had absolutely no interest in bellydancing it wouldn't work for you! It might even backfire. So you have to find that thing inside of yourself that "lights' that fire" and it generally isn't the exercise or eating but something collateral... maybe a horse show, or a horse clinic, or hiking a mountain or taking surfing lessons.

Motivation is a funny thing. It can be spring from a tiny spark to a huge blaze or continue to fizzle no matter how many matches you use. emoticon

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ZESTYLADY 2/10/2009 7:34AM

    I hear you about the schedule affecting your ability to accomplish goals. My best lesson has been understanding that I really am committed to being healthy for the rest of my life and that I keep getting back on track no matter how many slumps I hit. If I look back at my lifestyle four years ago, I see huge differences that are now my "normal." Process not perfection, as they say. And Spring is they say. Who the heck are "they" anyway???

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RWETHAIRYET 2/9/2009 2:59PM

    and my 2 cents? Sometimes it's better to be going through the motions and just trying to hold steady than to totally give up. At least the habit is still there if not the enthusiasm. I spent most of January just going through the motions. I'm feeling a little better now, but I think basically I'm just trying to cruise through this tough time of year and not lose any ground until my "good time" of year starts...the time when I can get outdoors and work in the yard and do the things I enjoy.
I think Deb is right, setting a definite deadline is helpful. Keeping an incentive outfit...just a little smaller than what I can comfortably wear does work for me. I'm making a start on planning what I'd like to do for hiking so I can put it out there on my local team and see if I can find someone to go with me...I'm not the fastest hiker even when I'm in the best of shape, so the thought of going with someone else...well, let's just say that's motivating, because I want to be able to keep up, lol.

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MIZZ_D 2/9/2009 12:15PM

    I know your last question "What will it take to light my Spark?" was rhetorical, but thought I'd offer something.....

For me, it took a clearly defined goal with a deadline to do it. Belly dance performance: March 22.

Previously (2007), it was committing to running a half-marathon (and having to fundraise $5500 to enter) that got me off my heinie and lacing up my running shoes for the 4 months prior to the event.

A committment to an event (where I am accountable to others and/or performing in front of a crowd) works wonders for my motivation, I have found.

Some people find buying or laying out a target outfit motivates them. That has never worked that well for me. I've had a pair of "skinny" jeans hanging over my bedroom door for a year, to no avail....LOL.

These are some things you may want to consider?

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