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Have You Lost Your Mojo?

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

So, I got new shoes. But I didn't get new shoes. Allow me to explain. Remember a LONG time ago, when I bought super fancy Asics Gels and was really excited about them? But then they hurt my feet so badly that I had to take them off and walk about .2 miles home barefoot?

Yeah, at that point, I thought I must have just REALLY chosen the wrong shoes. So, I threw them in the garage (BRAND NEW $100 Asics!) and started using my $8 walking shoes from Payless. Well, we all know I have issues with those now!

This morning, I got up for my run and had one of them on and suddenly remembered my Asics in the garage. I thought, "Hm...maybe one more try? If they still hurt...get new shoes this week, right?" [NOTE: The first and second time (i.e. ONLY times) I wore them, I can *guarantee* you my pace was WAY too fast and I was pushing too hard. It was RIGHT when I had started running back in May.]

So, I laced up and decided to give them a whirl.

They definitely felt different...but not bad. After my run, I had absolutely NO pain...and my healing blister wasn't even aggravated! WOO!!!

I was super tired this morning because I went to bed late, so I kinda slogged through the first mile (only 2 miles this morning - still recovering from 5k race).

EXACTLY halfway through my run, I paused my run app and found a text from a very dear SparkFriend:

SF: I'm worried about you. emoticon

ME: Why? Cuz I feel BLAH?

SF: Yeah...you seem to have lost your mojo. I am not loving your funk. emoticon

ME: My workout schedule has been all jacked up for two weeks...it has thrown me off. But I think it is past. Training schedule will be steady from here on out. Got my South Beach Phase 1 on (already lost 3 lbs)...and that dreadful time of month is over. Things are looking bright.

Now, don't worry SparkFriends...you might think she was a little harsh with me. But, she is a dear and trusted friend. And sometimes we need that little extra kick.

Another Sparky had commented on my motivation blog yesterday that she worried I was overtraining and getting burnt out. The truth is...I have cut back on my training (distances and times) AND was eating badly. Therefore, it was NOT burnout. But, that was super perceptive of her and if I had been overtraining, I would have thought deeply about ways to remedy that.

Nope...this time, it was pure and simple...I was slowly letting myself go. Just a little tiny bit at a time. But even a little slip can make a huge difference emotionally. You know?

In addition, another very close friend is going through some pretty rough stuff right now. This person usually motivates me a lot. Because of their emotional upheaval recently, I will admit...it's thrown me off a bit.

And this is a very important lesson. PLEASE HEAR THIS.

We can say it and read it again and again - our motivation comes from within. But, the truth is...on a site like SparkPeople, it's really easy to fall prey to a sort of "hero worship" of those members that REALLY inspire us.

The problem is...what happens when they disappear? Or let us down in some way? Or fall off the wagon? Even if THAT PERSON has preached to you over and over not to let circumstances or other people sway you in your health goals, it's difficult to keep focus. Especially when you care about them deeply...as a friend.

God forbid I EVER give up on myself. But, hear this...IF that horrible day came and you found me on a street corner mainlining Taco Bell (this is not beyond the realm of possibility...unfortunately)..
.this would not automatically give YOU a free pass to laziness and resignation.

As a SparkPeople Motivator, I do feel a certain sense of responsibility...to be honest with you, to be genuine and to keep going. And to keep inspiring. You can BET that YOU have pushed my butt out bed SO many mornings when I didn't feel like running. This is just the truth. I am very thankful for all of you. I feel so blessed to be able to help as many people as I can.

And I'm, oh, so glad that some of my closest SparkFriends feel the same responsibility to motivate me. Sometimes we need a little tough love. Do you know what I did right after that text exchange?

I ran the fastest half mile I've ever run and my body felt GREAT. When I got home, I texted my friend and said...


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    1977 days ago
    Thanks for the honesty and reminder that now everyday, or week or month will be all roses and coasting down the hill of ever decreasing numbers on the scale. Sometimes we just have to keep on plodding along. Just lean into that hill and keep moving upward so we don't slip back into the old habits that got us here in the first place. I'm feeling the same lack of mojo - don't know if it is the impending winter or what....I just trust that if I keep doing the right things, it WILL return.
    2005 days ago
    2089 days ago
    You are sooooo right. My "mojo" got up and went and I've been struggling with family issues, job issues-I retired so that's gone, and overeating with not enough cardio. I'm working on the cardio and logged yesterdays foods and todays breakfast this morning. I plan on keeping up-if I don't I'll disappoint myself, my children, and my doctor. Thanks for the timely reminder.
    Glad you shoes work now.
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    2091 days ago
    Very timely blog for me...thanks for sharing. I am one of those people who go gung ho for 3 or 4 months and then disappear. I feel so guilty about it. And then quietly sneak back to SP, just doing my own thing. I hate disappointing others! You have given me the right to stay accountable to myself. Thank you!
    2091 days ago
  • MARYM1962
    Everyone loses motivation from time to time - the key is not to sink in dispair, but to regroup and come back strong. I am on my way up right now - finally made it past that spot where I have not been in over 10 years and am feeling VERY GOOD about it. Losing weight, eating better and starting to exercise - this helps me realize that I have to get my "mojo" and get going
    2093 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder on how responsible we are for ourselves :) And way to go for your "new" shoes working out :D Happy for you! :)
    2096 days ago
    Great Blog. You will have your mojo back
    2098 days ago
    Where do you get mojo? I never had it. I am only on day 4 and I can't get motivated to do even 10 minutes. I am over 70 and have my share fair of aches and pains so I can't relate. My meal planning, on the other hand, is outstanding. Everyone is loving my extra planning and great food.
    2101 days ago
  • BANDMOM2012
    Awesome blog!
    2102 days ago
    2103 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder: speaking the truth in love can be very beneficial!
    2104 days ago
    You're so right. Thanks for this!
    2104 days ago
    You are right our mojo can dissapear slowly then we are back to square one emoticon
    2104 days ago
    Great blog !
    I think most of us struggle with a loss of mojo every now and then.
    Sometimes, we find it again in the most unexpected ways.

    2104 days ago
    emoticon This is inspiring me to get my Mojo going again! It's goin' not too bad but I know I can do better! emoticon emoticon
    2104 days ago
    I agree with these others, this is a really helpful blog. No one can be "on" all the time, it's helpful to see the reality - that sometimes it comes easy, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes love is "tough" and sometimes love is ...just loving. emoticon
    2105 days ago
    No matter if you fail at times, you are still a heroine in my eyes. TY for your honesty and reminding me that my own mojo can still keep me going when my well-wishers are away from the job. emoticon
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  • F8CONE8
    great blog!
    2105 days ago
    2106 days ago
    This blog rocks! I know what you mean about wanting to continue in order to not let down those who are inspired by you. Sometimes it feels like we're not "allowed" to, as you put it, lose your mojo, when others are watching you.... but the truth is, it happens. It may last a day, or a week, or even a few minutes, but it does happen. What I find truly amazing though, is how sometimes all it takes to re-spark that mojo is something so simple - like a your friend texting you, or seeing something, or whatever. So many times, it isn't a big thing that rekindles our flame, but something tiny.

    I really enjoyed this blog!
    2106 days ago
  • CATDUG19
    Mojo - is so important and thank you for sharing your struggles. We are all in this fight together and it is great you open up to us and we learn from where you are.
    2106 days ago
    You're absolutely right. Our mojo needs to come from within and that's something I'm still trying to work on.
    2106 days ago
  • ANNE1123
    Sweet! emoticon
    2106 days ago
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog. May the MOJO be with us all...and if it isn't, I hope my SF's hold me accountable, too!
    2106 days ago
    I love your blogs! Keep up the good work, both with your writing & your health! emoticon
    2106 days ago
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    2106 days ago
  • KJACOBS1111
    2106 days ago
    Having a tough time motivating myself at the moment. I've only just started running in the past few months and I've overdone it through excitement and injured myself. Now I have to sit out the running for a few weeks til I heal. Not fun! I'm having to resort to other ways to keep fit and I have to admit it's not as motivating. It's becoming a chore and I never wanted it to be that way!

    Thank you for this post! It's good to know that others have periods of time like this too and I'm not the only one!
    2106 days ago
    Great blog. Thanks
    2106 days ago
    I always go through a slump after a race, or reaching a big goal. Could that be part of it too?

    2106 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    Congrats on being a popular blog!
    Thanks for the reminder that our friends can support us, but our true motivation comes from within to get up and do the actions that need to be done for change to occur.
    So glad you are getting the use of your shoes. Interesting fun fact I learned from the Queen's Jubilee - she has someone whose job it is to break in her shoes! Isn't that too funny?
    Congrats on the run. If you get a minute and don't mind, can you please tell me what your running app is?
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    2106 days ago
    Wow! Thanks for the mojo inspiration! I truly feel that I'm in a rut with just not having the Spark like I used to. I can't run or exercise very much because of having RA, but I sure can get on my recumbent bike and that actually feels good! I need help with my eating, I know that. I'm hoping that after reading this blog and another one of yours with the running pictures, that my mojo is really up and going in all depts. Thank you so much! emoticon emoticon
    2106 days ago
  • SJOHNS30
    I love my asaic gels. I have a running pair, everyday pair, and an all black pair that i wear to my 2nd job lol. Hope they continue to cooperate for u. Its hard when u dont feel super motivated but ppl expect a lot from u. There were days when i was tired and frustrated with grad school but my hs students were looking to me to be a super pumped student all the time. Sometimes i dont do hw when i know its not being collected lol. Thats good that u have ppl that can keep u in line. I know i def need this. Keep being awesome!
    2106 days ago
    Thanks for the inspiration. My Mojo needs some work and my booty needs a little more shaking. Well done!
    2106 days ago
    Thank you. After being away from SP for many months, asleep in a food coma, I am slowly waking up. Your writing provided a little spark emoticon - no pun intended (well, maybe a little one). Also, I really love your fruits and vegie wallpaper!! I'm going to run downstairs after I finish my e-mails and grab an apple!

    Best of Luck on your journey! emoticon
    2106 days ago
    It's my first time coming across your blog and I am inspired. one person's blah, might be another's inspiration!
    2107 days ago
    Glad you got your mojo back!
    2107 days ago
  • STACIE63
    I needed this today. I'm feeling blah myself, and having a tough time getting back from 'vacation mode'. Thanks for pushing me - if you need me, I'll be at the gym! :)
    2107 days ago
    I love my sparkfriends! Congrats on regaining your mojo!
    2107 days ago
    Thanks for reminding me that my motivation comes from me. I realized I was deriving too much of it from my friend when she recently slowed down her efforts. I can't wait to get home today to see how fast I can do my walk/run intervals! emoticon
    2107 days ago
    Thank you for that post, I too have been struggling and getting off track, so I really needed to hear that it is just not me. Keep up the good work!!!
    2107 days ago
    fantastic! Great points, all!
    2107 days ago
    Thank you for sharing!
    2107 days ago
    Great Job! I am totally in the working on my mojo stage. I can use some tough love and need someone who can give it to me I definitely need some SP friends like the ones you have!
    2107 days ago
    Thank you for this post!! I have had several motivators fall off the radar over the years, and it's definitely affected me, mostly not seeing their fabulous and funny blogs....but it's really important to keep our own personal journeys on track. Cheers!!
    2107 days ago
  • CROWLEY123
    It is good to know that even the best of us needs, and accepts, a little help now and then.
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    Comment edited on: 6/14/2012 9:29:39 AM
  • NANAMOM652009
    emoticon I needed to hear that emoticon
    2107 days ago
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