Thursday, September 17, 2009
It has been my experience that when I am a little low on motivation or energy, that encouraging others and counting your blessings really helps me and also spreads a little much needed enthusiasm. I wanted to pass on something that has helped me greatly.....
Guard your motivation jealously. - do not let anything disrupt your flow. I have found that the guilt from eating a "no-no" is far more distructive than the actual calories consumed. While it is not my habit to cheat because I really WANT the more nutritious foods, once in a while I do hop on the no-no wagon. When I am doing the best I can and working hard, the calories from a slip up can always be worked off. When guilt from the slip up touches your motivation, it will strip our ability to make future progress. Simply put, I dont beat myself up anymore for no-no's or missed workouts because I was exhausted from the shift work etc.... so long as I am not making excuses or making it a habit. I know that tomorrow is another day and I can do better for myself.
Create a trophy room. - I simply keep track of my victories and remind myself of how far I have come and what a great job I have done improving my life, one day at a time. I am far from complete, but boy I have sure come a long way. Remind yourself of your hard won victories and the blues will have to go.