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Habits blog 6 - Thursday

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Today's blog topic is "motivation and advice". Suggestions about these are available on SP, on the Net in general, in newspapers, magazines and books. And motivational ideas and sound advice are always useful. But on a daily basis it's all up to me. No one can make me floss my teeth, use a Swiss ball instead of a chair or fill in my food tracker for me.

I've learnt over more years than I want to remember that it's how I look at things mentally and emotionally that drives my failure or success. I have to convince myself that something is really doable for me and that it will be of lasting benefit. Small rewards like new books or flowers or clothes really don't do it for me. I'm fortunate enough to be able to get what I really want anyway. What drives me these days is basically visualisation combined with fear! I need to visualise myself as a tough, mobile and independent old lady and not one confined to a small room in a rest home or hospital, dependent for care on others. Unfortunately I do not need to visualise or imagine this fate - I see it in one or two friends and feel sad about their situation.

So I believe I need to remain healthy and active so that I can enjoy the rest of my life, and so that it doesn't turn into mere existence. That's what motivates me to walk each day, what makes me do that ST when I'd rather be reading a book, why I look after my teeth (and am planning to do the same for my feet! emoticon. It's why when fish and chips beckon I ignore the gesture and turn to the vegetables, fruit and wholegrains. And it's why I Spark every day to focus on the means of becoming that tough and independent old bat!

Anna Freud
I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

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LJR4HEALTH 3/7/2013 6:37PM

    emoticon post I'm with you I do think visualization is a key ingredient on this journey

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/7/2013 9:32AM

    emoticon for sharing! You are on the right track! You go girl! emoticon Chelsea

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AMYTRIPP 3/7/2013 8:29AM

    Awesome blog!!

Yes, you are the only one who can really motivate you. And it sounds like you've found just the key to do it with.

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NEW-CAZ 3/7/2013 3:01AM

    emoticon Penny, you're doing so well emoticon emoticon

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ARTJAC 3/7/2013 1:42AM

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SUSIEPH1 3/7/2013 1:25AM

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Penny dear you are doing well xx hugs Susie

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PEEKINGOUT 3/7/2013 1:19AM

    Excellent blog. I agree with what you said about motivation and visualizing how you want to be in old age. Little "gifts" as I lose never worked for me either.
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WENDYJM4 3/7/2013 12:05AM

    emoticon Penny

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LYNMEINDERS 3/6/2013 11:39PM

    Go Penny...love the blog and the quote at the bottom....

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MICKEYH 3/6/2013 11:21PM

    Great attitude!! I'll be right behind you for that reason. emoticon emoticon

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WIZKEY 3/6/2013 10:41PM

    The desire to maintain independence is excellent motivation!! I'm planning on sharing this blog with my mother-in-law. Hopefully it will convince her that a little exercise won't kill her.

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