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Monday again


Monday, August 13, 2012

Hello, it has been a while since I posted on here. I have been struggling with motivation lately. I thought that by posting here I might get some it back. I don't know what it is exactly I have been struggling lately maybe it is a lack of focus, or laziness, I just don't know. I can't seem to get that "spark" back. I sound like I am whining don't I? I have been working out a few times, not as much as I feel as though I should and I keep making excuses as to why I am not tracking and eating right. I feel down right now because I am being so hard on myself. I think I need to go on Sparkpeople.com more, maybe that will help me get motivated again. I think I wil try and read the Spark book again, see if I can get re-motivated. Since school hasn't started yet I have a lot of free time to refocus my energy on my efforts. What I need to focus my energies on right now is the eating component. If anyone has any advice for me I would love to hear it.

Oh I forgot to mention, I think, that an old college friend is coming back to town and he created a facebook group for an exercise group. He is forming 3 levels of groups based on what people responded that they are at. One of the groups is a couch to 5k group. There are 3 sessions this week for group 1 and I am going to try and attend all of them. The first session is on Tuesday night. My friend (Joe) is also making a contest to see who can lose the most body fat, as measured by him, which might motivate me again. I am really looking forward to this, but am nervous about exercising with old friends that I haven't seen in a while. I think that I have been isolating myself lately. I haven't done anything social that I can think of in forever. I want to have a social life, but it is going to be awkward to see these people again.

I think that writing this helped, not everything is negative, I am not working as hard as I could be, but I shouldn't feel guilty, at least I will be going back to exercising this week and if I can start to watch what I eat and eat better I think I will make progress. I am afraid that I have not been losing weight, but I was able to tighten the belt that I purchased on vacation by one notch already, so if I keep positive and keep working I should make progress. I need to focus on the positive and forget about my fears and nerves. Thanks for listening to my rambling this week.
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CLPURNELL 8/14/2012 11:34AM

    Eat things that make you feel good. Not feel good as in sugar rush or satisfying a craving but things that give you energy and make you happy that you are making good choices. Everyone can suggest a food but everyone's tastes are different. My favorite thing to eat is fruit. I love fruit. So why it is hard to eat a ton of veggies I can eat fruit all day. So concentrate on those things you like and are good fro you and eat more of them. About regaining your motivation I have found the best way to do that is to make a positive choice. The more positive choices you make the higher your motivation will go. If you make negative choices you start to doubt and feel guilty and that will kill motivation.

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MIAJOEB 8/13/2012 5:27PM

    http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
/motivation_articles.asp?id=759
&page=4

Copy this to your server and read the article.
Little changes done consistently and with the help of community ( like Sparkpeople)
and you too can walk a 5 K ... my next goal is a 10 K and I am 3 times your age.

It looks like you have others who care about you and who are encouraging you.
So be a positive support to yourself and when you have a negative thought ...
Tell yourself to shut up...

Positive encouragement is more productive. emoticon

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DAOCCHICA 8/13/2012 5:23PM

    Sparkpeople and pinterest are the most awesome sites for motivation! Try to find people on sparkpeople that are going through the same things as you or that have and got through them! It may take a while but it helps!!

For eating, take small steps. take a few things out and replace them with healthy options first. Or do what I did and give away/throw away all the unhealthy foods in my house and replaced with clean, healthy options (I don't really suggest doing that but in my situation it worked).

Exercising with friends sounds like so much fun!! Hey it may be awkward at first but once you start doing it I bet it will feel great! And I am sure you will see some awesome results, and learn a bunch too!!

Sometimes it isn't the scale where we see any kind of progress.. like with your belt, that is an awesome way to notice that what you have been doing (no matter how little or how much) is working!! Yay for non-scale victories!!!

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MIDNIGHTER1 8/13/2012 4:20PM

    Hmmmm.... Is it because you are still in vacation mode. It is hard to get back to where you left off . So will it take me yelling at you to get back on the bus.Here is me yelling at you,"Get off your butt and get it going." Does not work if you are not willing.Do you know that when i ride my bike i think about what you are doing on your bike? You blog about riding your bike ,so i ride mine.
I like your idea of joining the fitness groups. Wouldn't it be great if you were ahead of them. Working out to prepare yourself for working out,sounds weird, but people do it all the time. I think they call it pratice.
So if you got back on the weightloss wagon you will not have to isolate your self, you can let your creative spirit soar.Be proud of what you have done with your self. Focus on the positive,you are doing so well.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/13/2012 3:21PM

    Forgive yesterday, hope for tomorrow, do better today.

I'd be willing to bet the people who are in the workout group with you are in about the same shape as you, have the same fears and concerns, and are thinking they're going to be judged too. But if you get there and they're in better shape, look better, and are wondering what happened to you, ask yourself this: how can I take advantage of this? Learn from them! If they're in better shape then they'll have tips for how to stay motivated and what you can do to stay on track. Don't wonder what they're thinking - prove to them what you can do! What does it matter what those people think? It's so much more important to believe in yourself and know that when someone judges you, they're showing the world how imperfect they are. You get to choose who you are and if someone doesn't beleive in you then you don't need to acknowledge their flaws!

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TRAVELISMYGAME 8/13/2012 2:04PM

    You mentioned re-reading The Spark, have you tried listening to it on audio cd? I did that awhile back and really enjoyed listening to Chris read it. It brought things to life. It also made more things jump out at me. ...just a thought!

The C25K program is great. When I started it a few weeks ago I was shocked at what I could actually do. Now, I didn't keep up with it and will have to start over when I do decide to pick it back up, but it's still a great program!

As for the problem with eating, I'm not sure what to tell you. I am struggling with that right now too. Do you log everything you eat? Do you have healthy things in the house? Do you have not so healthy things in the house? If you have lots of unhealthy thing, then you might want to just get rid of them. That way they aren't around to tempt you!

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PLUTONIANGIRLNJ 8/13/2012 1:59PM

    We all have those times where we lose motivation. I always try to stay active with a particular challenge or program, like The Spark book program or one of the official challenges online. Try a bootcamp!

And I totally understand why you would be nervous about seeing your old friends, but I think this a wonderful opportunity that you should seize! I think you'll have more fun than you expect.

All your SparkBuddies are here for you, so if you feel like you're struggling, just log on and let us know!

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