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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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SRBSRB26 11/9/2012 1:41PM

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HELL0KITTY77 11/9/2012 1:33PM

    That is a great post!!! I love the quote about the path/journey and being headed toward sunshine.



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ENCHANTEDMAMA 11/9/2012 1:32PM

    That is so awesome. What an amazing attitude you have!!

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HISPIRIT1 11/9/2012 1:27PM

    Great job! May I suggest that when you need a boost of motivation that you read this blog. It will remind you of where you been and where you are going. I am motivated and I am sure others are too just from reading this. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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MZKYND 11/9/2012 12:41PM

    Wonderful!! As someone who has done the merry go round of dieting for years, AND who has a hubz who gets laid off every winter, I know all too well how hard it can be to get motivated. Congrats on finding and keeping yours!!! YOU ROCK!!

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MANILUS 11/9/2012 12:37PM

    Congratulations on doing the best for you, keep up the great work!!!!!

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NOMORENOMORE 11/9/2012 12:22PM

    This is just what I needed to hear! Thank you!!

What is the yoga you mentioned? There were three initials before "yoga" but I can't remember what they were.

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HHB4181 11/9/2012 11:59AM

    Great blog! and great work on staying focused!

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NIKKIG3 11/9/2012 11:52AM

    I love the message and yes that is my problem too. When I am stressed all my hard work goes out the window. But I am working to change that.

Thanks for sharing!

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SUNNYLIFE72 11/9/2012 11:17AM

  Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I have been on a similar path however my stressor wasn't hubby's job or job loss. It was my job - I moved into a stressful management role. It took a lot out of me and has taken me quite some time to get back to my healthy habits. You are on the right path.

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LJOYCE55 11/9/2012 9:49AM

  Um, since when are we not allowed to be lazy during workouts? Good luck with your streak. emoticon

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BANDMOM2012 11/9/2012 9:42AM

    Great job Pixie!

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ORODEO73 11/9/2012 8:56AM

    Wonderful. Great motivation!!! Keep it up and good luck.

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ANNASGOALS 11/9/2012 8:45AM

    Great blog Pixie really hits home that Giving up is not an option! Be Fierce!

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CINDAPHILLI67 11/9/2012 8:42AM

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Your blogs are always such an inspiration!!

Have a great weekend!!

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1935MARY 11/9/2012 7:15AM

    Way to go. I know I lose my motivation sometimes. I tell myself I am a winner not a quitter. Thank you emoticon

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DRAGONFLYGALS 11/9/2012 3:45AM

    Congratulations on a new leaf turned over. I am going to have to check out wall push ups. I keep hearing about them.

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MIMOSA88 11/9/2012 2:50AM

    Thank you! Great blog!

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Great blog and I thank you!!

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L1ZB3TH354 11/8/2012 7:04PM

    Awesome blog! Thank you! You are very inspiring!

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DIANNEMT 11/8/2012 5:53PM

    Excellent message--thank you.

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FARIS71 11/8/2012 5:46PM

    What a great message. Thank you for persisting through the ups and downs to be able to share it.

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COCHRANE0511 11/8/2012 3:44PM

    emoticon my 14 days seems so small in comparison to your success! Keep it going

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KARRENLYNN 11/8/2012 2:49PM

    Congratulations! You acknowledged the rule that says doing what you always did will only get you what you always got. But you derailed that train and changed for something better! emoticon

For what it's worth, I'm so very proud of you, I'll be cheering you on as you reach your pushup goal and become healthier in the process.

I hope your husband gets back to work doing what makes him happy very soon too.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/8/2012 2:36PM

    Fantastic blog!! Yes, motivation comes and goes. We do the best we can each day and it comes back. The "never give up" message is the most important one we can give each other. -Marsha

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CHRISTINASP 11/8/2012 1:59PM

    Thank you. That's very interesting to me that setting that one goal of the pushups helped you pick up on all the other areas as well. You're inspiring to think of a goal like that...

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JMARIES51 11/8/2012 1:55PM

    Pixie, I feel just like you. This blog really spoke to my heart. Last night I was in that mood that I didn't want to work out, but I told myself, so what, you have to. So I got down on the floor and started in. It was not my most full hearted workout, but I got my workout done and then moved on to do some extra cardio minutes because that is what I committed to doing at the beginning of this month.

I sure hope your hubby gets back to work really soon. You are my awesome Spark motivator and I want to see you succeed because, darn it, we are worth it! hugs, Joann

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MOMMY445 11/8/2012 1:14PM

    don't give up! you can do this! you are worth it!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 11/8/2012 12:38PM

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NEWTINK 11/8/2012 12:23PM

    You are doing wonderful .... I am proud of and for you !!!

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/8/2012 11:08AM

  Excellent bog!! Yes!!!

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DALID414 11/8/2012 9:56AM

    I can't believe I missed your blog yesterday!
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