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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 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're already in there...and it's only 30 minutes. ( 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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DJSHIP46 10/5/2012 10:01AM

    Glad to hear you're back emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DNRAE1 10/5/2012 9:55AM

    Yeah, you were able to do it! Fantastic blog. Your struggles are something a lot of us face at one time or another, so cheers to you for working through it with style!!! emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 10/5/2012 9:43AM

    Thanks for the reminder. I'm about 3 1/2 weeks into my journey. I will try my best to remember your words and stay strong and decide to gut it out when that negative inner voice tries to talk to me. You're doing great because you got back up. Way to go!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 10/5/2012 9:10AM

    Great advice!! Thanks!!

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PENOWOK 10/5/2012 8:55AM

    Your signs still motivate me!! Your writing still motivates me! Know that your writing helps the rest of us and we are counting on you!!

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GOLDENRODGIRL 10/5/2012 8:45AM

    I feel the same about "Fake it till you make it," but that's more or less the best way for me to head off depression -- grit my teeth and do the things I'd do if I weren't feeling depressed, like exercise.

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NEWMOM20121 10/5/2012 8:15AM

    You did great. You picked yourself up and got moving. Love the advice.

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WALLINMW 10/5/2012 8:10AM

  Great tips

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BESSHAILE 10/5/2012 7:58AM

R>So proud of you

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JANEMARIE77 10/5/2012 7:35AM

    If we think something is important we find a way, if not we find an excuse.
You found a way go girl go

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TREYONE 10/5/2012 7:21AM

  Great post! I know there have been times I have felt my motivation slip away! Good reminder just to push forward! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 10/5/2012 7:13AM


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TRYINGHARD54 10/5/2012 5:29AM

    you go girl !!

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THINMINTMOMMY 10/5/2012 3:47AM

    I too use exercise to combat my chronic state of melancholy that has been known to morph into full blown depression. Good for you to pull yourself out of it and take care of business. Good running too. I've been running since Jan and am coming up to a breast cancer 10k and a half marathon in March. Keep on keepin on woman!!!

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LOVES2TRAVEL2 10/5/2012 2:05AM

    This was a great post. Just today, I told my sister I wasn't going to work out. She said she didn't feel great either. Then she said, "ok, want to go outside and walk?"

"No," I said, but I went anyway. And I couldn't wait to rush inside and mark it on my Spark exercise chart.

Oh, battling those inner-demons is the biggest challenge of all. You certainly captured that here.

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BLUE42DOWN 10/5/2012 1:56AM

    So so true. If we only did things when we wanted to, when we had the DESIRE, imagine just how little would get done in this world.

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XHENA16 10/5/2012 12:53AM

  Wow AWESOME BLOG emoticon

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KRYSTALLA 10/4/2012 11:16PM


Been having some of those feelings myself lately.

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SHRINK_U 10/4/2012 10:39PM

    I like this one :) I have been in a little slump and I am working on getting my mojo back! Thanks for the tips! I hope your knee is feeling better.

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HEALTHY4ME 10/4/2012 8:50PM

    Awesome I too have those feelings sometimes and sorry to say for the most part I do give up. Have to get that changed around. reading a good book, "this Year I will.. by MJ Ryan.
Glad you got in that pool and got done what needed t be done!

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    Awesome blog. I have those feelings many times and do exactly as you do. Make myself do a minimum and then I usually surpass it and keep going and feel incredibly amazing when I am done. I hope you continue to feel better and your body takes this rest period you are giving it to make you stronger! YOU CAN DO IT!

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DR8561 10/4/2012 8:29PM

    Thanks, Leah. I needed this today.

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LIVEDAILY 10/4/2012 8:01PM

    We all have those days. When I am depressed, I can waste 45 minutes arguing with myself about getting out of bed!! It doesn't seem to make a difference knowing how rushed I'll be if the bottom line is I just don't want to go to work that day. *sigh* BUT, yes, I have noticed that when I do go to the gym, I am almost euphoric afterwards, like I can do anything!! Love those endorphins!!

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WONDERFUL2BME 10/4/2012 7:54PM

    You are the one!

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EZRIN101 10/4/2012 7:52PM

    great work!

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GIGGLEBOXGIRL 10/4/2012 7:39PM


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REMEMBER2BME 10/4/2012 6:40PM

    YOU TOTALLY ROCK! And evil twin, Leave her the heck alone. Sounds like you handled yourself just beautifully. I have been struggling a bit wit my evil twin myself. The good side of me needs to speak up louder sometimes.
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ON2VICTORY 10/4/2012 4:27PM

    i totally feel ya on this.... the after race crash and burn...just wait until you do something like a half or a full... it happens.

you did awesome in taking the bull by the horns and wrestling it to the ground. thats the grit that it takes...

you got the stuff bud.

I have had far too many of those internal dialogues... far too many.

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MOM-MOM8 10/4/2012 3:48PM

    emoticon so glad that you are feeling better! emoticon

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So... next time you sound a little "low", can I post on your status "Do it for half an hour. Stop bitching"?


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LINDAK25 10/4/2012 3:11PM

    That's how I feel about "Just do it," but sometimes that's what it takes. Just do it. Exercise really does help put you in a good mood!

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PEGGYO 10/4/2012 3:10PM

    thanks I'm getting off here to ride my b ike

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/4/2012 2:50PM

    Sometimes half the battle is won just by getting the stupid workout clothes on--once you're dressed, you might as well do 10 minutes, then the next 10 minutes isn't quite so bad, and so on. Dress the part and start; the rest usually takes care of itself. Momentum is like that: one little shift in the opposite direction can change everything. It's making the shift when you do NOT feel it that is the hard part. Well done!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/4/2012 2:46PM

    emoticon emoticon You did it! And I'm proud of you! Keep it going.

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JOANNKW 10/4/2012 1:58PM

    Good for you!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 10/4/2012 1:32PM

My husband has dysthymia too. It's really hard on the family...and our relationship.

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FITFOODIE806 10/4/2012 1:28PM

    You are so brave. I love it.

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GOING-STRONG 10/4/2012 1:15PM

    I had a bad eating day on Tuesday after I wasn't able to make my normal morning gym class. Somehow, getting up and getting on with the routine makes my day go so much smoother. When I (for whatever reason) have a schedule change then I am so much more vulnerable to making bad choices. Fortunately, the next day I got my sorry butt up and back to my routine and today everything is much brighter and better!


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IRONBLOSSOM 10/4/2012 1:13PM

    So true, but it's so HARD when you're wallowing in that mud pit of depression/funk (I call mine funks) to actually get out there and GO. Every time I do I come back and post something about it so that hopefully the next time I will remember and instead of slumping over my desk moodily shoving something into my mouth while I trawl for workout/food motivation and inspiration I will just GO. DO. ANYTHING.

Thanks for the reminder and the kick in the pants!

(P.S. I ran about 2.5 miles on Tuesday and walked 1.5 and hated every single step. I felt jiggly and like throwing up (ate too much earlier) and wanted to just stop and quit every second of it. I got home in a crappy mood, took a shower in a crappy mood, went to bed in a crappy mood...and woke up in a super great mood!! Sometimes it takes a little longer than others but it always works!!)

Have a GREAT, HAPPY, EXERCISE-Y weekend!!! emoticon emoticon

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LYNSEY723 10/4/2012 12:50PM

    Ahh... you hit home with this one! My slump is not quite to the point yours was, but yep... I'm feeling that way. Thank you for your steps to workout when you don't have the desire. I need these tattoo'd in my eyelids. :)

Have a wonderful day!!!

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POISONGIRL999 10/4/2012 12:44PM

    Well said! You are your own worst enemy, but your best supporter too. Keep pushing!

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WORLDSERIES11 10/4/2012 12:38PM

    Thanks for the insight and advice!
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BUTTERFLY-1976 10/4/2012 12:14PM

    So True!! emoticon

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CINDHOLM 10/4/2012 12:12PM

    Well said!! Thanx for sharing!! emoticon

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MS0669 10/4/2012 12:07PM

    You said it !

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KAREN_NY 10/4/2012 11:59AM

    Totally True! I love that so much! ;) No really... this is good stuff. Maybe they should just make a motivational poster that says "Stop bitching." :)

Stay awesome,

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AMBER281 10/4/2012 11:53AM

    Well said!

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MIDROAD 10/4/2012 11:46AM

    Well said my friend!


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