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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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    Great post! We all have those days...and weeks sometimes. Glad to see you are still going strong! You can do anything!!! emoticon
    1966 days ago
  • NUMD97
    Funny, that's one motivational poster I haven't seen yet. I guess we hang out with different crowds. Bottom line, especially for folks with TONS AND TONS to lose [yep, that's me!], staying FOREVER motivated is a drag, no question. The key as you well point out, is to do it anyway even if we "don't wanna". Endorphins, post workout, is manna from the gods. It reminds us how good we can feel after doing the hard stuff.

    You hit the nail on the head with this one, Leah. But then again you always do.

    Thanks, as ever, for the reminder.

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    All the best,

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  • SARAH1270
    WOW. You hit the head on the hammer. Friends can help push but it really is all up to you. When I look at the calendar and see a run is scheduled I so dread going. Still feel that way through first mile, then all of a sudden this power comes over me and I feel so strong. Thanks for the reminder.
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    You nailed it!! I know that I don't really know you, but I feel like I do. When I am out walking, I often think of you and it gives me a motivational push to keep going.
    ***I am not a stalker***lol!!! Of course, I imagine a real stalker might say that too!! Anyway, I just wanted to stop by and thank you for all of your great blogs. Keep up the good work!

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    1966 days ago
    So true! Thanks for sharing
    1966 days ago
  • FARIS71
    Could not have been better timed. Absolutely spot on and honest and I love it!
    1966 days ago
    Thank you for that kick in the pants--just what I needed! My weekends are usually my worst times, but this one is going to be different now! emoticon
    1966 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Great blog, it made me chuckle a couple of times and truer words have never been spoken. God knows we all want to give up sometimes, you think, ok, I don't look that bad, I can live like this, but then the stronger part of ourselves takes over and says, stop it, get off your butt and go exercise! I thank God everyday for giving me that ability and for giving it to others as well. Depression is an overwhelming condition so good for you that you keep on track on and force yourself to do things you don't want to do - like swim and exercise. I have a love/hate relationship with it but after I work out, I feel fantastic! Thanks for the encouraging words!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1966 days ago
    You continue to be a great read and a person who says it like it is...
    thanks. emoticon
    1966 days ago
    Excellent, excellent blog!! emoticon
    1966 days ago
  • PSHAW46
    Very encouraging!
    1966 days ago
    Great blog! I get so mad at myself when I realize that I'm the one standing in my way! Sucks when we are our own worst enemies.

    You ROCK!!
    1966 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder to "Just do it!"
    1966 days ago
    Great Blog. Have to say it's the first time I have seen that poster. There are so many inspirational ones available and yes they do make the rounds. Glad you were able to dig within yourself and just do it! Best wishes to you as you continue to journey toward your goals! emoticon
    1966 days ago
    Super post
    1966 days ago
    Thanks for this blog. Very apt.
    1966 days ago
    Actually, that WAS the first time I've seen that motivational poster. You're so right about just going ahead & being active, especially when you really, really don't want to. Thanks for the inspiration & moitvation!
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    Good for you!
    1967 days ago
    Thanks for sharing - great blog!
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  • CICELY360
    Good blog
    1967 days ago
    Great blog, from one depression sufferer to another! Glad you hung in there!
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  • JAMER123
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  • HEARTS116
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    1967 days ago
    So true! I've been struggling lately. Not exercising...going on the second week. Feeling pretty down. Food choices not horrible but exercise would make me feel SO much better. On Tuesday, I went on a power walk and IMMEDIATELY felt better. AMAZING how exercise affects our mood so much. Once I told a therapist "I'm feeling depressed and not working out" he told me the solution was to work out. I told him I couldn't get myself to do so. But you know what? I did so and I felt so much better. We need this reminder. Over and over. And over.

    Gracias, chica.
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  • KIPPER15
    emoticon Just what I needed this week. emoticon
    1967 days ago
  • ALICIA3335
    So True!!! I need to print this and read an re-read it! I've been in a 'funk' myself & I need to get out of it and get busy! Was doing so good losing weight, eating right, & being active.. lately not so much. Have been trying a little more last few days.. Anyway, that was emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1967 days ago
    Nothing beats depression down like exercise. It works EVERYTIME for me. emoticon
    1967 days ago
    emoticon Well done you! I too suffer from depression, and I take each day as it comes, but I know, in my heart, that if I take exercise every day I WILL ALWAYS feel better - and your instructions are perfect!

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    1967 days ago
    We must be related - we have the same Mom! Depression is no joke (just ask my daughter who inherited it from me) but your words of wisdom really do hold the key. Getting up and doing it when all you want to do is pull the covers over your head and make the world go away is an act of courage. Thanks for being courageous and helping those of us who need to sometimes borrow your strength. emoticon emoticon
    1967 days ago
    Sometimes I feel like you are in my head!!!!! I am in an exercising funk (partly to do with my sciatic flaring up) and now my mind is kind of wandering and not staying FOCUSED on the wonderful task at hand. Thank you again for a wonderful post that motivates, makes you think about one's life and helping me realize that it is up to me to make the everlasting change and no matter how much I don't want to take time out of my day to workout, get enough sleep, make healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners, I have to because I owe it to myself to be the best that I can be. :D I hope you have a freaking fantastic Friday and a great weekend! emoticon
    1967 days ago
    Oh yeah.....

    I had to kick my own *****out of bed this morning, after a late night (for me, anything past 9 PM is late).

    It's okay after the first few minutes.....

    By the time I was working out, I felt pretty good!
    1967 days ago
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    1967 days ago
    Thanks Leah! Thanks for being real. I felt a bit crazy this morning doing my run. (I'm up to 1 mile! I couldn't even WALK a block before!) Like, "why am I doing this. It hurts. It's not too fun...bla...bla...bla... But i kept going, and BOY do i feel happy that i did! emoticon
    1967 days ago
    Yes, I'm sticking with it! Thanks for the words of motivation! emoticon
    1967 days ago
    Thank you so much for this!! You are so right DON'T GIVE UP and I am trying to not give up but sometimes I want to! Thanks for the motivation today!! emoticon
    1967 days ago
    There must be something in the air. I have been off track since last Friday too - food wise anyway. Managing to stick with the exercise. Changing seasons maybe? Dunno. But your blog could not have come at a better moment! emoticon
    1967 days ago
    emoticon and well said!
    1967 days ago
    Good on you! I needed this last week!
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  • BARB5970
    Your blog came just at the right time. This morning I'm feeling frustrated and discouraged. Struggling with my food choices and thinking I just don't give a damn... Reading you're blog was the kick in my ass that I needed. Love the line.."stop bitching". Two little words, but great advice. Thanks for sharing.
    1967 days ago
    You touched a nerve again for some people. You have an issue that makes more alot more hard or complicated.

    But most people experience slumps concerning doing the right stuff, like eating properly and working out for sure.

    You really do have an inner strength to force or talk yourself through eventually getting back on track. Your transparency is very moving. I think you are an authentic , sincere, person.

    There is so much that could be said, about wanting so bad to go back to old patterns, the effort, the annoyance that you are experiencing about your knee.... wanting to eat anyway we want....

    but also the amazing way we also feel like you ( we conquer ), when we do it correct,and how things can change.

    The part, that I fin dis a challenge, besides, just doing whatever... sometimes things turn directions soon ( and other times/ it takes choices, lots of steps... (and creeping, POKE, poke, days, months years, for things to happen. And if you see my sisters photos and see her changed life/ you see how it IS PAYING off . So exciting. Who would of dreamed such a thing was possible?

    Here is the part I find amazing, someone who did particular habits of poor food choices and amounts, and didn't exercise for decades; is now being transformed right before your eyes, and their entire being is changed from it, not just their bod. It's like they went backwards in age and energy. So COOL !!!

    Leah, I have confidence in you, and obviously, so do others around here. The main thing, is although you may get frustrated, veer off the road /path at times, God will support you and has plans for your future! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1967 days ago
    Great blog, well said. That's true strength.
    1967 days ago
    So true! Yesterday I kept putting off my walk until after supper because I "don't feel like it yet." Finally knew I had to do it before it got dark, so I did. And guess what? After about 10 minutes, I was glad to be out there. Was even wishing I'd gone in the morning so I might have gotten in a second one.
    1967 days ago
  • DONNA5281

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