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Motivation lost...and found!

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012



Today is day 252 of my "on track" streak!

I've been under a lot of stress since hubby lost his job last summer, and it has really been hard for me to stay on track. To be honest, for a while there I completely and totally lost my motivation! I didn't want to workout and eat right. I just wanted to sit around and eat copious amounts of junk food.

The only thing that stopped me from doing that is that I knew exactly what would happen if I did. You see, a few years ago, I was on track, doing great, and lost 50 lbs. My motivation was so high...and then hubby was laid off from his job. And my motivation went right out the window...I stopped doing all the right things, and went right back to my old habits. And I'm sure you can guess what happened next, right? I gained all the weight back!

Even after hubby got a new job, it took me forever to get myself back on track. But finally, last March, I did it. I started streaking....eating 1200 to 1500 calories a day, and working out. My motivation grew week by week, and I really was on a roll. But then...hubby lost his job again! And my motivation just died.



But I didn't want to go back to my old way of living. I didn't want to go back to being unhealthy, unhappy and unable. I didn't want to gain the weight back this time. I knew that if I gave up, I'd regret it forever. So I forced myself to keep going. I had no motivation, and there were times when I was lazy during my workouts. There were times when I didn't eat as healthy as I should. But the important thing is, I didn't give up. I kept trying. I figured that a half hearted workout was better than no workout at all. And even though I wasn't eating as healthy as I SHOULD have been doing, I was proud of the fact that I wasn't going into an all out junk food binge mode!



I've been unhappy with my lack of progress, though. I know I should be a lot further along than I am. So at the start of this month, I decided to set a goal for myself...to be able to do ten pushups with good form. (I do pushups with my DDP Yoga every day, but only a few, and to be honest my form is pretty lousy.)


Well, having a goal set for myself has done something great....it helped me to find my motivation again! I wake up every morning with such determination now! I am back to eating as healthy as possible, weighing and measuring my food, tracking everything...and also working out HARD! I'm pushing myself again, really breaking a sweat, breathing hard and getting my heart pumping!



I am back to thinking of food as FUEL, and of workouts as a way to get stronger, fitter and better at everything I do. I am doing wall pushups everytime I go into the kitchen, to help build up my upper body strength so that I can reach my pushup goal by the end of the month. I am so motivated, I feel like I could fly!

If you are struggling with motivation, don't give up. Motivation comes and goes, but if you keep trying, your motivation will come back. Quitting will get you nowhere. Keep working hard, keep your goals in mind and do your best. Even if its not 100%, as long as you are trying, you will succeed!





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JUSGETTENBY42 12/17/2012 8:04PM

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JIBBIE49 11/22/2012 2:54PM

    Love seeing your blog featured in the Sparkmail. What an honor.

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FARBLU 11/13/2012 10:24AM

  Love your blog!

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BLDANCY 11/12/2012 9:22PM

    emoticon This blog just helped me with my motivation, I have been struggling with it and now I know I made the right decision to find my way back to SparkPeople. Best of luck to you and thanks again emoticon

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WENDIGAYLE 11/11/2012 6:03PM

  Love the pics and the motivation

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ROSE284 11/11/2012 2:38PM

    Wow, this was great to read!

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SHARIE83 11/11/2012 12:45PM

    Knowledge is power, showing up is half the battle!

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LOSINIT52 11/11/2012 12:39PM

    Lovely blog and amazing success you have had. I snagged the image about the pain of regret. This is so true.
Thanks for the motivation and keep your spark alive!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 11/11/2012 8:05AM

    Thank you Dixie for sharing such a wonderful blog. Love the pictures. Thank you for your comments and support on my page too. Have a wonderful day.
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KTGAL52 11/11/2012 6:31AM

    All I can say is: Thank you for this!

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CLIP53 11/11/2012 5:52AM

    Thank you for your positive solution. It's what I really needed to hear myself. The pot holes in the road to life can really cause a person to slow down and fall into a gutter, but your determination to stay on track is very encouraging. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EATVEGAN 11/11/2012 1:56AM

    I have to admire that you continued to workout and (even half-heartedly) eat well. So much better than sitting around and eating everything in sight. This is a great, practical, where-we-live blog. emoticon

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JANI-LOU 11/10/2012 11:41PM

  Thank you so much for the motivation! I just recently got back on track after regaining thirty pounds of the eighty total I lost in the past four years. I just absolutely refuse to go back there, and I'm going to lose this thirty pounds again, and then the other thirty I still needed to lose. Thank you!!!! Great blog.
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OSUBUCKI101 11/10/2012 9:28PM

    Great blog! Keep up the good work and you'll be doing those pushups as if they are nothing! You rock!

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KIJIPEOPLE 11/10/2012 11:37AM

    Thank you for sharing. We all feel like giving up sometimes and it's so good to hear people picking up and moving on!

My husband and I are looking at how our life is going to change once we've closed on a building loan and started building our house. We're never going to see each other (self-build, means he's going to be working even when he's not working) and once the loan comes due, we're not going to have much leftover money anymore. It's scary to think about.

It's inspiring to hear about someone who looked uncertainty in the face and kept moving! Thank you.

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BRENDA_G50 11/10/2012 10:49AM

    I LOVED your blog!!! So inspiring, motivational, and down-to-earth information. emoticon

Keep up the good work and you'll be able to do those push-ups (in form) in no time. emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 11/10/2012 9:55AM

    Thanks for this. Motivation is the hardest thing to find sometimes...and it makes the journey so much easier. I will keep pushing and looking and doing it half-heartedly until it's found. Thank you! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the inspiration! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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MITCHDY 11/10/2012 9:42AM

    Very inspirational. Thank you...

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COLETTEISGREAT 11/10/2012 8:24AM

    Great Blog!!

I really love the Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence = Success idea!

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FATHINSN 11/10/2012 1:20AM

    Keep on pushing yourself, keep on persist to success!

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    Great blog..thanks!

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  Great Blog! Thank you!!! emoticon

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THOMASINA57 11/9/2012 8:24PM

    What a great motivation blog! It's so easy to fall off the rails when major life events happen like the loss of a job.. I know, my husbands been laid off a few time also over the years and it puts me into an anxiety tailspin, but now that I've found Sparkpeople I feel like someone threw me a lifeline.. emoticon

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NERDLETTE 11/9/2012 8:20PM

    Wow, I need to frame that one - EXCELLENT BLOG!!!!!

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TEMPENATIVE 11/9/2012 8:19PM

    great blog, very motivating, im glad you shared, because its true!

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CURLYCURLY62 11/9/2012 8:03PM

    I really needed to hear this today! Thank you! I have been off Sparkpeople for 2 months and have been in denial for 2 months. As a result i quickly regained the 7 pounds that took me 3 months to lose. What you have written is so true and makes so much sense. Thanks again.

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KRISTEN_SAYS 11/9/2012 7:30PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 11/9/2012 6:10PM

    Great blog

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LEIELD 11/9/2012 4:26PM

  you motivated me with this blog:)

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    You are doing great Pixie. emoticon

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    You go, Girl!

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PCASEY7 11/9/2012 2:49PM

    I totally agree! The expression 'fake it until you make it' comes to mind and it sounds like it worked for you! Loved the blog!

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POLSKARENIA 11/9/2012 2:17PM

    Great blog Pixie, as ever - keep it up - yopu will get there!!

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BRONZE50 11/9/2012 2:09PM

  I can relate to everything you are saying. Great blog!


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