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Push That Tush - Complacency

Friday, January 18, 2013

The dictionary defines COMPLACENCY as a state of
Self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies.

This happens to me when I lose a several pounds and
start easing up on my effort.....Itís a mental thing.
It slips me into a self-induced plateau and
Iíve got no one to blame it on but myself.
The danger with complacency in my weight loss struggle is
how EASY it is to stay in that frame of mind, because letís face it,
itís a long journey to where I want to be.
Itís like driving this old car up a steep hill, stalling out, and
putting the car in neutral.
I get a false sense of security because my foot is on the brake,
but if I ease up on that brake pedal even the slightest bitÖ
I immediately start rolling backwards { aka. A bingeÖ}
and the car starts sliding back down faster and faster, until
I hit that emergency brake pedal and put it in park.

And you know how hard it is to get an old car restarted;
Sometimes itís just a matter of trying to start it up a few times
Until it kicks in.
Sometimes life stressors make this engine too cold or too damp to start right away, and I need to let it warm up a little.
Sometimes you need to get a jumpstart from a buddy,
Or get a brand new battery {Ötry a different plan of actionÖ}.

I definitely need that tune up { Spark People Total Body Sculpting DVD }
An oil change { drink that water }
Some premium fuel { give me those veggies and lean protein }
And some Spark Plugs { thanks for my spark buddies who encourage me }.
Iíve got lots of dents, my paint has rust spots, and my tires need a little airÖ
But as long as my engine starts working fine again
Iím good to go.

I'm building that MOTIVATION to work harder again,
Your comments always feel like a jumpstart to me.
Thanks for the push.
I'm reving my engine.

Have a great weekend emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DRB13_1 1/19/2013 11:26AM


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LEANMEAN2 1/19/2013 8:07AM

    I have some rusty hinges (especially hips) and tail pipe (AKA spinal column) which prohibits some activities that I would enjoy. That's one reason that I enjoyed those walks you took us on.
The main reason is your sense of humor. Love it!

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GOSPARK45 1/19/2013 12:39AM

    What a cute and accurate analogy. Loved it!
Rock on!


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COCK-ROBIN 1/18/2013 11:44PM

    And you can do it, Sheryl!

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1MYSTERY_LADY 1/18/2013 10:42PM


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TREYONE 1/18/2013 10:29PM

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CHOCOHIPPO 1/18/2013 10:12PM

    Too funny!!!!!!!

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SPARKFRAN514 1/18/2013 10:09PM

    Great blog I like how you compare your self to an old car and getting it going again you have a plan and your team mates are here to help push the car to the finish line . its so much easier as team.
found this here on Spark can't remember where .

If you got a flat tire, you wouldn't throw a fit and run around the car popping the other three tires. You would do what you had to and get back on the road.

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ROCKINMOM776 1/18/2013 9:07PM

    Glad to know I'm not the only car that's been idling lately... maybe we can get revved up again together?

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ARTJAC 1/18/2013 8:52PM

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MALEXANDER4 1/18/2013 8:49PM

    You always have a way of bringing a smile to my face. Thank you. I have control right this moment but if I stall my engine....well we know what happens...the same as you I roll backwards or worse I just sit still. So we need to get us a set of jumper cables just in case. Better to be prepared.

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ANNESYLVIA 1/18/2013 8:39PM


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ANNIE924 1/18/2013 5:57PM

    I do know what you mean, I am often like that old car. Thanks for another great blog.

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PCASEY7 1/18/2013 5:43PM

    Thanks for a great blog!

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WALLAHALLA 1/18/2013 5:31PM

    Vroooom Vrooooom

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PATRICIAANN46 1/18/2013 5:27PM

  Hi Sheryl.........
I am the late model parked right next to you.......... emoticon

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MICKEYH 1/18/2013 4:53PM

    What a great analogy and love your blog. Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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CHACHAOREO 1/18/2013 4:47PM

    How true. how true!! Thanks emoticon

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STRINGI719 1/18/2013 2:40PM

    Absolutely! I was afraid after my big loss last week that I'd get overconfident this week and see some rebound gain, too. I sure hope not! We'll see what the scale says on Monday at TOPS!

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WORLDSERIES11 1/18/2013 2:27PM

    Such a great ways to think of things!! You are always so creative!
I'm definitely "stuck" and need to rev up my engine too!!

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DALID414 1/18/2013 2:02PM

    Awesome analogy! Love it.

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    Those are definitely some classic headlights

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BONNYSAMMY 1/18/2013 1:19PM

  Wow! Thanks for the inspiration.

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KELLIEBEAN 1/18/2013 1:06PM

    I love those analogies! I have been sliding backwards a bit this week. I'm all geared up to refocus starting today!

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 1/18/2013 1:00PM

    My engines a rusty too.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/18/2013 12:45PM

    I'm trying to crank my old engine over too but it's low on the right kind of fuel. LOL.

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LINDAKAY228 1/18/2013 12:41PM

    Such a great blog! So right on!

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KMICHA 1/18/2013 11:43AM

    Awesome analogy! I can identify with your words!!

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EDWARDS1411 1/18/2013 11:04AM

    Such a GREAT blog! Excellent analogy of how we have to keep our own "cars" in good shape and running well!!

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FISHINGLADY66 1/18/2013 11:00AM

    You are so on target. emoticon I'm sure there are many of us that can identify with your blog. emoticon for the wake up call!

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PUNKADOO 1/18/2013 10:50AM

    That's a great analogy!! Thanks for posting your thoughts!

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NEW-CAZ 1/18/2013 10:29AM

    Great blog emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 1/18/2013 9:54AM

    Great Blog! I am right there with you and am working hard to get back on track. We can do it ....


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LINDAK25 1/18/2013 9:53AM

    I've been sliding down that hill!

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TERRI289 1/18/2013 9:51AM

    I feel your pain..I had a cookie binge yesterday...Always reminding myself, "you can't out exercise a bad diet". But most importantly, yesterday is over, today is new and I am on it!!Did my first workout of the day, ate a great breakfast and had plans to keep busy until I go sell tickets.

We CAN always press RESTART!!!!

Have a wonderful day my friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRANDIM_81 1/18/2013 9:45AM

    I totally understand what you mean. Thanks for putting it in such a witty way. I too have reached a complacent mindset and have been on a plateau for two months. This week I too started working harder and I am gonna get that old engine started and get the old truck up that hill. Good luck and God bless you on yuor health and happiness journey. You can do it. We can do it. We are worth it!!!


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1CRAZYDOG 1/18/2013 9:45AM

    Oh, right with you!!! HUGS and you KNOW you're not alone!


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SLIMMERJESSE 1/18/2013 9:42AM

    Great blog!

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