Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I read a spark motivator story today that really made me take a hard look at myself and what I am doing. I have been a member of Spark people since 2007. And I've been trying to lose the same 15 pounds since 2007. The first year on SP was great. It seemed as if I was making a lifestyle change. Then life happened and . . . . well, I can give you a lot of good reasons why I packed the weight back on. But the truth of the matter is that I am a dieter and not a lifestyle changer.
So, I took a moment and re-read the first stage of SP Diet. The first stage encourages me to set goals and to find my motivation. As I am trying to come up with my visual motivation, I think of different celebrities who have body parts that i want. But the problem with that is I haven't eternalized the fact that i can achieve that they have. I usually end up telling myself that they have personal chefs and personal trainers who keep them on point. Even when I look at Jennifer Hudson. But I'm sure that she had a great support system too (nutritionist, personal trainer, and other people who are paid to encourage her along the way).
I need to find a new motivation. I can't use celebrities. I have to find something/someone that is more real to me - and attainable. So, instead of saying "I want arms like her" or "Abs like him" or "A butt like her,"
My short term motivation is to participate in a 5K race this summer. This is not a visual motivator but it is a tangible motivator. This is something with a real deadline that I can work towards. In order to achieve this goal, I have to train and eat right.
I have two other life goals that I want to accomplish - learn to swim and learn to ride a bike. One day, I would like to participate in the MS 150. And I also want to scuba dive.
As a long term motivation, I would like to participate in one to two races every year.
My long term goals is to be healthy and active well into my senior years. I want to have a healthy lifestyle before I get married and have kids so I can pass on my healthy living to them.
Well, this is all for now. Thanks for listening.