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When You’re in a Slump

Thursday, May 03, 2012

First of all, I just want to say how very touched I am at all of the comments on my previous post. Fellow sparkers, your enthusiasm has motivated me and to be honest, I really needed it right now! Specifically, motivation to continue this weightloss journey.

See... I know I can do it. I know how to do it. I know I need to do it. But WANTING to do it is a completely different ballgame!

Our wants tend to dictate most of our lives. We want to eat those deserts. We want to veg in front of the tv. We want a million bucks.... or whatever. We all have wants. And it's up to us to fulfill those wants or to ignore them. Not all wants should always be fulfilled.

For instance, lets say we want to lose 30lbs. We've wanted to lose that 30lbs for 5 years. The want to lose it is all we think about.

Except for chocolate cake. We looooove chocolate cake. We want it all the time.

But if we give in to that want for chocolate cake every single time the mood strikes, we won't be able to fulfill our other want: to lose 30lbs.

We have to decide what we want MORE: the cake or the weightloss.

If I'm being honest, I'd say I want the weightloss more, but the cake more often. Which in turn, makes the cake a little bit more powerful over time.

Which is the beginning of slumpsville. Once you get to the point that the cake has "better" rewards for you than getting the weight off, your motivation is gone and you're sitting right in the middle of slumpsville.

Maybe you realize where you're at and high-tail it outta there pronto or maybe you pull up a chair and stay a while, but either way eventually you have to go home. Slumpsville is a vacation town. It's not a suitable place to lay down roots.

But how do you get motivated to leave when you have chocolate frosting flowing through your IV drip?

Well, I've been working on disconnecting slumpsvilles hold on me for about a month now and I'm finally waving goodbye. It's been hard and agonizing at times, but I'm making it.

I found this wonderful blog post about getting our of your slump, and it's full of motivational advice. I was originally just going to share it in one of my teams, but I figured a LOT of people could benefit from it, so I opted to put it in my blog.

Let me know what you think. What gets you motivated?

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    Hey there, thanks for your blog and for sharing the blog post. Both your blog and the other one ring true for me. I think I will subscribe to the zen habits website. Could help me out. Also congratulations for winning the popular blog award. Quite an achievement.
    1989 days ago
    That is a very interesting and helpful blog. Thank you.
    1991 days ago
    It does all boil down to what do I want more. Thanks for sharing.
    1993 days ago
    I think you really hit the nail on the head when you pose the question of what do we want more. So very, very true.
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  • CEKER9
    Thanx for sharing the site... it was just what I needed for my "battle" with a current slump!!!
    1993 days ago
    What you said reminds me of a quote I heard once: losing weight is about making short term goals, for long term results. I think thats what it all bottles down to like you said. Thanks so much for the link! I love the zen habits website. emoticon
    1993 days ago
    That's a really interesting point you make there about the wanting to lose 30 pounds being something we may want more, but the want for the cake being something we want more often.

    It's kind of quality vs quantity. Those 30 pounds are a quality goal that will be deeply satisfying to reach, but will take a lot of time and work. Once reached and maintained, the satisfaction will remain. The cake is a quantity goal that each time we eat and are satisfied will do nothing to stop us from wanting another cake, and another, and another.
    1993 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Sounds like you are rounding the bend. It's a fight,
    a battle, but one we CAN WIN!


    Going to go check out the article.
    1993 days ago
    1994 days ago
    "I know I can do it. I know how to do it. I know I need to do it. But WANTING to do it is a completely different ballgame!"

    I could have written that line...been in a slump for a couple of months, with tracking food being the only thing saving me. Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone, and thanks for sharing the blog on how to get out of a slump.
    1994 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon for sharing emoticon emoticon
    1994 days ago
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