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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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TERRIJ7 11/8/2012 9:43AM

    "Don't confuse your path with the destination" I really like that quote!

Congratulations on finding your motivation before it was too late to stop the slide.

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MIMIDOT 11/8/2012 9:35AM

    Great blog. Thanks for the reminder. Just keep on keeping on!

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MRSTABER 11/8/2012 9:09AM

    Thanks for the motivation!

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PENOWOK 11/8/2012 8:42AM

    Thanks for your honesty!! Excellent blog!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 11/8/2012 8:37AM

    I think as long as you KNOW you are straying that means you have the will... Good for you.


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DJSHIP46 11/8/2012 8:34AM

    Like attracts like, stay positive & achieve emoticon emoticon

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KATHIC2 11/8/2012 8:32AM

  You are an inspiring role model! You make a difference in our lives.

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BESSHAILE 11/8/2012 7:28AM

    good for you

Just show up. everything else will fall into place. I read the best quote yesterday from Martha Beck - The difference between those who succeed and those who fail is that those who succeed failed more often.

cool, huh?



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KICKINGKILOS 11/8/2012 6:21AM

    loved this blog!
I seem to have the motivation the only think I lack right now is applying it to my life!:(

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TRYINGHARD54 11/8/2012 5:43AM

    This is what I need. Motivation.

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 11/8/2012 4:55AM

  Great way to put it. emoticon

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NCSUE0514 11/8/2012 4:46AM

    I lost & found mine as well. Ain't it a wonderful feeling when you get it back???

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NADINEL 11/8/2012 1:24AM

    Thanks, Pixie! emoticon

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TAFODIL24 11/7/2012 8:47PM

    emoticon giving up is not an option.

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LIZZIE-BELLE1 11/7/2012 8:42PM

  You are such an inspiration to. Thank You!

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SEATTLE58 11/7/2012 7:51PM

    Oh Pixie, you know that our new lifestyle of getting more healthy is just like life. In our lives, we've always had ups and downs, sad times and happy times, and sometimes one can really be down even longer, but eventually we get back up, dust ourselves off and away we go again with enthusiasm! We learn a little something too with each time we're down. That helps us to go on further and further. You're just figuring it all out. You know that going forward is the very best that you can do and I know that too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHANTODD420 11/7/2012 7:50PM

    Way to go Pixie and way to on keep fighting. I am know stress can be tough but you are doing so well. Keep it up.

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RAINBOWMF 11/7/2012 7:14PM

    Proud of you, emoticon bolg

Love Mary

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 11/7/2012 7:04PM

    Pixie, this is another awesome blog. You have been such an inspiration to me. I know you can do it!!! I pray that your husband gets another job soon. Take care and keep pushing forward!!

Hugs,

Laini
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MANDELOVICH 11/7/2012 6:22PM

    Hi Pixie,

I'm so glad you got your mojo back!

I'm hoping to get mine back now! It's been a rough month for me and I've been binging again. But I'm ready to start over now and start back on the healthy path I began in June!

Thanks for the blog!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/7/2012 4:42PM

    Never give up! I'm rooting for you.

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GLORYB2014 11/7/2012 4:04PM

    You are so inspiring my dear spark daughter! And I'm so PROUD of you!
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    emoticon blog! Pixie you are an inspiration to all of us! emoticon emoticon



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KLWALDON 11/7/2012 3:42PM

    Thanks for the motivation!

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GOSPARK45 11/7/2012 3:40PM

    I commend your resolve to keep going in spite of all your set backs and lack of motivation. And all the workouts can only help you in this time of stress. You're doing great. Go easy on yourself, and yes, pat yourself on the back for hanging in there. As long as we're going in the right direction, does it really matter how long it takes to get there?

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YAFENELRA 11/7/2012 3:24PM

    I am just so proud of you, Pixie, and I know you will get to your goal before you know it.
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CVRONEK 11/7/2012 3:22PM

    Great. Thank you.

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DNRAE1 11/7/2012 3:15PM

    Great inspiration, Pixie! Thank you.

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BRENDABUNNY 11/7/2012 3:10PM

    I needed to read this I am battling on closing my spark account I just don't feel like I fit in and am not motivated..Guess I need to find my spark emoticon

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JSALERNO 11/7/2012 3:00PM

    emoticon YOU HELP KEEP ME MOTIVATED TOO!

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    YOU WRITE THE BEST BLOGS emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 11/7/2012 2:47PM

    I love the analogy of regret and discipline. Great blog, Pixie.

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