Wednesday, August 05, 2009
I read motivating articles, blogs and posts all the time.
I am confused.
These articles, blogs and posts do not motivate me. I motivate me.
I lost 90 lbs because I shut my mouth sooner and move my body more often. I really don't shut my mouth sooner - I make smarter choices with my eating. But I do this because I choose to do this. No one is motivating me to do this.
So I am asking, what exactly is motivation? Am I missing something here? If so, I guess I am glad I am missing the point because I have been successful with my chosen program of weight loss.
But I still wonder what it is that everyone seems to be looking for it?
**edit: Thank you! I wasn't trying to be funny or clever - I found myself sitting here wondering "what is motivation?" So this was the best way to find out what others think of as motivation or as motivating.
I didn't compete with anyone but some people need competition to be motivated? I have a friend that has to make it a contest for her to lose weight. I just never understood that. I know people that were motivated by presents and money from family - but it rarely worked either. It just wasn't a strong enough motivation?
I did get the idea to push myself further with my walking this month from another walker at By The Numbers; I didn't think she motivated me though. I just thought I would like to reach a higher daily step count - really it all started with my daily average at Walker Tracker - I dearly want my daily average to reach 20,000 (as a personal accomplishment) but it is still 19,400 so far.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me!
**2nd edit: I want to thank all that consider me to be motivating them. I am happy to be here and eager to assist in any way that I can. To watch others reach their goals is very satisfying to me. I wish everyone could reach their goals - and we all can by believing One day at a time does work. Little setbacks need only be little setbacks if we just keep trying.