Motivation, motivation?? where are you?

Monday, August 30, 2010

I"m so frustrated that I started to wonder if something was wrong with me. I just can't seem to find motivation, no matter how deep i dig.

I"ve had all kinds of tests done in the last year, thyroid, diabetes, all my vitamines checked and my doc said.. Stress. I"ve been trying to get pregnant for nearly 2 years, and everything seems fine there too. STRESS.

The problem is, i'm not sure how to fix it.
I work two jobs still, and in a few weeks, i'm going to increase my hours again. Just from September to January, then i'll be living a normal life again.

We just booked a holiday for February, I need to drop 40 lbs until then, which i'm not sure is a doable goal at the rate i'm going. I'll take 30, that's 6 lbs a month. A little heafty for me , i'm not that quick of a loser.

If i could, in some way start exercising i KNOW that would kick things in high gear, the problem is, i'm so tired

I know exercise will give me energy, but how do i even start?
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  • TBABY912
    oooo, this is good. i know i'm a little late. but i had the exact same feeling before. i knew if i could exercise, i would lose weight and get more energy... but what if you don't have the energy to exercise? then doctors will say you're depressed and prescribe anti-depressants. been there! i really believe you are what you eat. using the food tracker is a great tool to look back and compare days that you've felt weak, and days you felt strong. what worked for me... a vegetarian diet and taking steps to eat healthier overall. slowly but surely my energy built up. and not to say this is the only way. perhaps it was just the beef that made me sluggish... or sodas... or not enough water. i cant say what the ONE thing was. and of course... that one food is probably different for your body anyway. all that to say... you can do it do. and without meds!

    2428 days ago
    You could try adding a protein shake in the morning for breakfast - they give lots of protein with very little fat and carbs and deliver quite a bit of energy.

    Also there are fruit drinks by Odwalla that give me a ton of energy! I love them. You get your fruit in and they are about 200 cals. so perfect for a snack.

    For exercise ...... with you upping your hours at work you may get enough moving around to spark your metabolism into working all by itself. I think you might benefit from some yoga though for the stress. I know it's hard to deal with stress but letting things go sometimes can be the biggest help.

    I have five kids living on one and a half incomes, two dogs and four hamsters - I run all day to and from schools picking up and dropping off, I run three days a week and I work about 30 hours a week. I could let this stress me out but I have a secret stress buster.....The screw it attitude. If it's not going to help me get to my goal I don't worry myself over it at all. LOL It works better than you think! emoticon
    2581 days ago
    I can sympathize with your lack of motivation and feeling tired all the time! Do you take any prescription medications that could have the side effect of making you tired? Are you getting enough sleep? Do you have a regular bedtime and wake up time? Are you eating high protein foods? These are all things I look at and try to make sure I am doing right when I start noticing that I am tired all the time. Cutting out caffeine is another good one - although you'll take a day or two to notice the extra energy you get from NOT drinking caffeinated drinks.

    Exercising is tough when you work two jobs. Is there someone at work that you could go for a walk with on your lunch break? Are you close enough to one of your jobs that you could walk to/from work?

    Well, feel better, and keep trying! It is SO hard. I know JUST how hard it is. But we can do this!
    2581 days ago
    I too have a similiar issue. Starting out slow is the best way. Here are a few things I do:
    1. Walk in place: walk in place while you watch your show.
    2. Sit down: no don't really sit down, act as if you are going to sit on the couch, except just before your butt touches the cushion stand up again. Make sure your knees are not past your toes. I do these during commercials only, they are hard.
    4. Bicep curls: If you chose to sit on the couch, have a dumbell in each hand and do some bicep curls.
    5. Leg lifts: Have a sturdy chair nearby to hold onto and lift your leg out to the side. Alternate legs.
    6. Ab Crunches: does these during commercials. Start out slowly. Remember to lift your shoulders off the floor, do not pull on your neck. I have my hands behind my head but do not have them touching my head so I can't use them to lift me up.
    Check out some of the exercises on the Spark pages.
    Wishing you the best of luck and keep us posted with your progress. Remember slow and steady wins the race.

    2581 days ago
    Keep Sparking, focus on making one good choice toward your goals at a time, and you will see results.
    2581 days ago
  • JGRAY76
    How about scheduling 15 minutes of exercise in the morning when you are not tired? Put a picture on your mirror of where you are going on your vacation so you will see it each morning as a reminder of the prize you are working towards. Think positive!
    2581 days ago
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