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drifting

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I am feeling dissatisfied today. Feels like I am just drifting from day to day, from week to week, from month to month etc, without seeing any significant changes in my life. Not that I'm unhappy--but I also don't feel like I am making progress in my life.

Although I lost a few pounds earlier in the year, and for a while was doing pretty well with exercising, I seem to have lost my momentum. I am prone to excess--I will embrace something new enthusiastically, spend a lot of time and energy on it, then sooner or later I become overwhelmed--it starts to take up too much time, other resonsibilities and activities demand my attention, whatever, and I slack off. And so, I never get a chance to firmly ingrain new habits and benefit from them.

So here I am, many months past the time I became active again on SparkPeople, just a few pounds less than where I started, not significantly more physically fit, and nowhere near my year's goal. I'm not sure what to do from here. Did I set my goals too high? Did I try to do too much at once? Should I perhaps set myself just one area that I need to improve rather than tackling everything at once? If so, what area should I work at?

There is not a day goes by that I don't think in some way about my poor food choices and lack of fitness. Some days I eat more intelligently, some days I exercise. The problem is, there is no consistency--and although one walk per week is better than none, by itself it does nothing to change my overall fitness level or number on the scale. One day of portion control and healthy food choices does not negate the entire bag of cheese puffs consumed the next.

Should I choose just one goal and pursue it for a week or two or three, and then add another, etc? Or should I choose one broad area such as nutrition or activity, and work exclusively at it and ignore the other? Should I choose one small goal for nutrtion and one for activity and add goals as I meet them? Should my goals be positive or negative? For example, would it be more effective to set a goal such as "do not eat chocolate for one week", or one like "eat three servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables every day this week"? Or both?

Obviously I need to do some thinking about this, and come up with a strategy, or I will just keep on drifting. Guess I have some work cut out for me...
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SAMMYSWEETPEA 8/19/2010 12:31AM

    I'm going through something similar. I feel like I'm drifting aimlessly through life at the moment. I've had this feeling before, and it always passes. It's tough but we're here for you.

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HANNAHEP 8/18/2010 4:50PM

    I know how you feel....I spent my first four months on sparkpeople "drifting." I didn't make any significant progress until a month or so ago when I made some serious changes in my life and made a firm committment to my body. I wish you all the best for whatever route you choose, and hope that whatever committments you make (big or small) that they work for you! It's never too late to start over!

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