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?