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Blog Prompt - How do I keep myself motivated?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My desire is still there to lose this weight and keep it off. I stay motivated.

The problem is not the motivation, it is the laziness that tends to creep in sometimes. It is the temptation to eat junk foods.

So I accept that I am not perfect and when I can no longer resist temptation, I add the tempting foods to my daily tracker.

And I do have days that I just don't do my exercises.

But I do keep my eyes on the prize and I will reach my goal and then maintain it.

One day at a time.
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JERSEYGIRL24 5/13/2009 11:15PM

    This hits home for me, too. It's probably one of my biggest busters. Some days I am extremely motivated. Other days I really don't care. At all. Not that I really stuff my face, but on those days I probably get less exercise than I should. Like last Saturday, for example. Here is was a beautiful weekend day, but I just sat on my butt for the better part of it.

Just keep in mind that none of us are perfect, but you seem to have this under control better than most of us.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 5/13/2009 8:35AM

    Linda--You continue to inspire all of us and to help us realize that we're not alone. Others face the same struggles. Together we can do this. We are all capable of achieving our goals thanks to friends like you and thanks to SPARK!


emoticon Laurie

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SLIMGRAM2 5/13/2009 8:18AM

    Wow Linda that hits home for me. I do have a laziness side to me and love my junk foods. I was just thinking about the tracking issue-being honast with your choices-putting them in the tracker I mean. You are not alone . And you get me looking towards that goal I started a few months ago. You go girl. Your blogs seem to always be the ones I need to hear! Keep up the great work emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_VALEO_ 5/13/2009 7:19AM

    I can so rely on that.... laziness. I could really use a the kick up in the pants I truly deserve!

Keep up looking at the pinata!

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MSLZZY 5/12/2009 10:50PM

    You could be my twin! I'm not perfect, either! What a hoot! I'm not sure the world is ready for us!
Take care, work hard, stay motivated! You deserve the best of everything! emoticon

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 5/12/2009 8:37PM

    Wow Linda,
Just another reason that you are such an inspiration.
I always learn something from your blogs.
Thanks for sharing, it's always a way to learn from others lessons.



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FORMYDARLINGS 5/12/2009 8:13PM

    It sounds strange, but, it helps me to know that you struggle along and fight your way to the top too. Thanks for being so open. Much appreciated.

Gini

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 5/12/2009 8:09PM

    AHhhhhhhh......the eternal challenge!!!

But we usually think that the successful people (like you) are perfect all the time. Hhhhmmm.

What I am coming to understand and learn is acceptance of myself. This time instead of fighting with cravings or portion control head on and punishing myself for my perceived flaws, I have actually been able to listen to my own body and make choices that make it HAPPY & healthy!

For example, my stomach likes to experience fullness. So, I have experimented with healthy recipes on SparkRecipes.com and found foods I love made in the healthiest way. I choose entrees with a serving size of about a cup instead of a thimble and aim for the 300 calorie per serving realm. I have also tried and found foods I have never tasted before like Kale (that I really like cooked with garlic and onions). It is super lo cal and very healthy. Since my stomach is not crying all the time
I have found that when my mind wants a devilish sweet treat I can satisfy it with one Hershey's kiss now instead of a whole bag. I have strategies for eating out and regularly check menus online ahead of the meal.

I have learned (with the advice of the SP coaches) never to call myself lazy and to congratulate myself and thank myself for what I do in the healthy direction instead of getting caught berating myself for what I have not yet done. I look to others (like Linda here) on this site who inspire me daily with their athletic feats and I am coming along in that area too. My strength training has gone from O to 3 times a week and I have biceps now! I am aiming to wear sleeveless tops this summer.

So, my advice and my current adventure is also "One Day at a Time" and look for ways to acknowledge and congratulate yourself. You will be amazed at the good habits you can cultivate over time. There are also thousands of people to reach out to if you need a little help!

I love this quotation, "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well,
neither does bathing. That's why it is recommended daily."


emoticon to all!!!

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