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Fight Your Urge to Quit

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Thursday, October 04, 2012

OK, we've ALL seen this motivational poster...



Admit it...the first time you saw it, you were all, "TOTALLY TRUE!!!! I LOVE THAT SO MUCH!"

Then you saw it a few hundred more times...to the point where you no longer get excited when you see it and you probably just vomited in your mouth a little when you saw it here on my blog. Be honest. Hey...I feel the same way about all motivational quotes that seem to make the rounds over and over.

But sometimes seasons come where you can see things in a fresh light. I've made no efforts to hide the fact in the past that I struggle with depression. It's a lovely little ailment that my Mum was kind enough to pass down to me when I was just a wee little lass (i.e. official medical term is "dysthymia").

Anyway, I've been in a bit of a slump since my race last week. As for diet, I have been in a slump since before the race. My food choices have just been awful since last Friday.

Because the 10k was so hard on my left knee, I have not attempted any workouts this week either. When you add up a horrible diet and no workouts and the low level depression that I normally feel at all times, it's kind of a recipe for emotional disaster. It seems crazy even to me that a slump of just 4 days can have such a profound impact on a person, but here is where depression is a tricky little son of a gun.

Guys, I literally had this thought yesterday: "Maybe this IS all just a phase. Maybe I should just give up. I don't feel like doing anything. I've lost my momentum and maybe I should just run this half and be done for good."

EXCUSE ME????? WHAT?????!!!!!

Luckily, I also have an inner Jillian Michaels, who immediately flared up and gave me quite a talking to - complete with bleeped out words. I'll spare you the actual dialogue because I'm sure you can imagine. It was somewhat more animated than this, but held the same basic message:



So, what do you do when you hit a slump and you don't have the DESIRE to change?

1. Get your workout stuff ready. Pack the gym bag and put it by your stuff and put your workout clothes right next to your bed.

2. Set your stupid alarm clock way earlier than you want to set it.

3. When the alarm clock goes off, get your ass out of bed and get dressed. Walk out the door.

4. Drive to your exercise destination. Even if, like me this morning, you are complaining and upset the entire way.

5. Get in the stupid pool (tailored to my particular workout this morning). Forget about HOW MUCH you DO NOT want to do this.

6. Start swimming.

7. Keep swimming. Might as well...you're already in there...and it's only 30 minutes. (FYI...it took me 20 lengths to actually feel like being in the pool was maybe a good choice for this morning...TWENTY!)

8. Do it for half an hour. Stop bitching.

That's it, folks.

And here is where the miracle is delivered. The change in my heart, mind and emotions was absolutely astounding this morning. I felt amazing physically and like I was given a fresh start with my diet. More than that, I actually WANTED healthy food after that workout! The two really go go hand in hand.

I immediately thought of the poster that had annoyed me so many times and realized the truth of those words. It is only after a slump so deep and dark that I can appreciate those words and truly understand them.

Last night, I fell asleep thinking to myself, "Someone needs to save me and pull me out of this." Well, guess what...I didn't need anyone to do it for me. I just needed to make a decision to get out there and do what I know is right. And it changed everything.
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VIRGO_QUEEN 10/13/2012 7:50PM

    great blog!!! everyone has those moments!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 10/12/2012 4:32PM

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MALA77 10/10/2012 8:36PM

    way to get yourself outta the rut!!! It's hard as heck sometimes but it is possible. Thanks for sharing this!!

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GALINAZ 10/9/2012 11:29PM

    thank you, I think I can again.

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JOYFULROAD 10/9/2012 10:44PM

  Reading this it strikes me that I have 'babied myself' for far too long! Time to kick butt!

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KARAMAC2012 10/9/2012 5:52PM

    Thank you so much for this post - love the idea of having an inner Jillian Michaels! emoticon

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FANTABULASH 10/9/2012 3:40PM

    YES! You are just what the doctor ordered for me! I was looking for an inspirational blog and YOU ARE IT! I am back after a 2 year "throwing my hands up and eating everything in sight" hiatus! Thanks for the pep talk you unknowingly gave me!

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URGETTINTHIN 10/9/2012 3:05PM

    I needed to hear this especially since it's cold now and my comforter feels so good in the mornings.I'm rearranging my work out schedule to the eves instead of morns until I get pass this wonderful change in the weather.

Thanks!

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MNWILDCIN 10/9/2012 2:49PM

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SLIMLEAF 10/9/2012 12:33PM

    Leah, you are a Star! I thought of you this morning as I failed to get out of the house and to the gym before work. I thought "Leah would have done it - she wouldn't have made excuses."

So, as much as I don't want to, I'm going to go to the gym this evening and do half an hour of strength training. Just 30 minutes, but that's a whole lot better than 0 minutes!

Thanks for being an inspiration and encouragement.

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BAROSS 10/9/2012 11:49AM

    Thank you a very helpful post.

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REBECCA180 10/9/2012 11:38AM

    Excellent advice, just what I've needed to hear. It's what I've been telling myself, but to hear that someone else is going through the same, (and coming out the other side with flying colours) is very reassuring. Thank you.

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MASTERPIECE8 10/9/2012 10:33AM

    Excellent!

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KATHIC2 10/9/2012 7:46AM

  So very true! Love your blog!

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LUKENEMISAUNT 10/9/2012 5:50AM

  Loved your blog!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/8/2012 8:42PM

    Thanks for the kick in the ass! I need it!

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AMARILYNH 10/8/2012 6:54PM

    Fabulous, fabulous blog!! emoticon

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BRONZE50 10/8/2012 4:13PM

  Thanks for sharing. Loved your blog.

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KLWALDON 10/8/2012 3:27PM

    So inspiring! I am feeling exactly as you described and I needed to hear exactly what you listed - the steps to take! I am proud of you for taking that step and getting going again. Now for me to do the same with my workout for this afternoon that I have been dreading all day. Here's to you! Congratulations!

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BMCKEOW1 10/8/2012 1:22PM

    I know that feeling. I have to remember that once I start I'll finish and I'll be so happy and proud of myself. I just have to get over that stupid hump of starting in the first place right now.

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ESME25 10/8/2012 10:53AM

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KAREN91 10/8/2012 10:33AM

    I didnt exercise yesterday but I made myself do it today! You are right if you make yourself do it anyway youll be glad you did and you will feel better! emoticon

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MAMA_CD 10/8/2012 8:56AM

    You're blog put a smile on my face, I could relate. True, True! emoticon

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LEESHERRY 10/8/2012 8:33AM

  I too suffer from depression and have to take medication everyday. Thanks, I'm telling myself right now "Do It, Get up and get going" I'll be saying every step "You can do this even though you don't want to." Thanks again and hope you have some happy thoughts today and keep up the good work. "Because we can do it!" Even though we get in slumps we can talk ourselves into doing anything. emoticon emoticon

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HHOLT6 10/8/2012 7:26AM

    thank you! you are very right. I like the way you phrased it better than the nicey nicey blogs here. I have to get my ass up and stop my inner complainer from winning. emoticon

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THEIS58 10/8/2012 5:22AM

    Sums it up perfectly.

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SHAZG321 10/8/2012 4:02AM

    emoticon Thank you

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ONEATATIME3 10/7/2012 11:02PM

  You Rock! As always! emoticon emoticon

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DRAMAJLN 10/7/2012 10:20PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. I have also make myself do workouts even when I start them in a bad mood and with a lot of negative self-talk about all the reasons I should skip it this time, especially when I am going running and I think it's too cold or hot. Yet the irony is that those are the days that I set new records for time or distance. Sometimes it seems like I do my best workouts when I start off in a bad mood. And almost always I am feeling good when I'm done. Sometimes it takes longer than other times to make the shift, but I at least feel good that I put in the effort when I'm done. Keep up the good work!

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4RASCALS 10/7/2012 6:21PM

    Thank you, just what I needed today

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DLYNN46 10/7/2012 1:17PM

    For the record, until today, I've never seen the quote in pink and I love it! It is true and I love your story, thanks for sharing it. There have been countless times I've felt the same way. Now I will remember your post the next time I start the self-whining about working out, LOL! emoticon

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NESARIAN 10/7/2012 12:55PM

    Geez, you spoke for me today also! I'll keep your wisdom in mind and get out there RIGHT NOW!

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ANNSKA 10/7/2012 8:53AM

    Really inspiring and helpful thanks

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SLFGOLF 10/7/2012 1:03AM

    Great post. You can do it!

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JO28352 10/6/2012 11:09PM

    Thanks for the motivation. Tomorrow morning, it's an early morning workout for me! emoticon

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SHIRE33 10/6/2012 11:04PM

    Thanks for this, Leah. I just blogged about something along similar lines. Maybe it's just the season. Lots of stress lately. Though I do believe you are right about this being a phase that does pass. At 50, one thing I've learned is that I get down periods, and that they do pass. I don't suffer from actual depression, but I get the moody blues periodically. They became easier to handle once I lived long enough to see them come AND go for enough years. And you're right about another thing -- fake it till ya make it. It does work. : )



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LOLAJO54 10/6/2012 10:59PM

    as always a good lesson for us all

great motivation great inspiration!

thank you

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SONITA34 10/6/2012 10:30PM

    you have put e new perspective as to how i have to handle my weekends

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PEGLEGPRINCESS 10/6/2012 9:34PM

    That's amazing! I completely relate to this! I literally just went through the exact same 'episode' to the point where I cried myself to sleep feeling utterly hopeless. I got sick and felt absolutely horrible for two weeks and still went to work completely miserable physically and mentally. I picked myself up and worked out for the first time in two weeks before work and felt absolutely liberated! It was an amazing day. What an incredible journey we are on. Nothing can stop us. NOTHING I SAY! emoticon

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 10/6/2012 9:09PM

    i like the quote it can always be worse

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LJOYCE55 10/6/2012 8:53PM

  I love that you said it took you twenty minutes of swimming before you truly felt good about it. I am sure this has happened to most of us. Thank you for letting me know this is normal.

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OKLAMEG1 10/6/2012 8:17PM

  Great post! Thank you for being so open with your experiences. I feel you and know exactly what you are saying. I think we all go thru these downers or "lack of motivation" at one time or another for various reasons. Your blog will stick in my mind whenever I feel like quiting.

Appreciate everyone's comments as well. Thank you, everyone.

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BJAVIER1 10/6/2012 6:31PM

  This is an emoticon blog. It when comes at a time when I need exactly this. emoticon emoticon .

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