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Quitting...


Saturday, March 09, 2013

Today's assignment from sparkcoach was to map out a couple of strategies to use when motivation is low.
One example she gave was to re read journals and/or blog entries from SP....I love that, and I have used it. Last week when I was discouraged( that Feb had only shown a small loss) I went over my blog posts and was able to see in my own words-the progress I was making elsewhere.
Another strategy is to think about 2012-it is a perfect example of what quitting means-I thought I started strong in 2012 and I FELT like I was working hard most of the year with little results. The reality is-After about 6 weeks I was only hit and miss with goal setting. I stopped spending a few minutes everyday DECIDING TO DO THIS. Quitting did not just mean I was accepting the extra pounds and moving on. Quitting means I am going to gain even more poundage (about 7 pounds).

Moral of the story: Press on NOW, build on the successes I have worked for. I will regret quitting. Starting over every time there is a slight detour, traffic jam or bump in the road is NOT a good thing. DON'T go back, push through and keep moving toward the goal.

Instead of 2 steps forward, one step back...............(negative-e
very good thing I do I get knocked down)

One step back--2 steps forward....(choosing to be positive-every time I fall down, I get up AND move on).

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One other point, I've come to realize that changing a goal is NOT a failure. If I decide to mindfully adjust something (my plans, my goals,ect) it is NOT A FAILURE. Somewhere in my mind I had decided that once I made the goal it was set in stone, could never be changed and anything short of reaching that goal was failure. Changing a goal weight for example, felt like *cheating*
Ofcourse if It seemed that I failed, I felt bad. And it almost always seemed like I failed because I set unrealistic goals! For instance it is not realistic to say the scale WILL be a certain # one week from today-not for me atleast- I cannot TOTALLY control that. Too many variables with fluid retention ect. HOWEVER, I can be realistic and say I will walk the dogs everyday.((( An example of course correction or adjustment==Acknowledging that I will not be able to walk the dogs on Thursday and Friday because I need to be out of town )))

Ok, that seems like a rant, it is n ot meant to be. Just rambling thoughts emoticon
and now...off to enjoy the sunshine!
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SCCUDDLERS 3/11/2013 10:18AM

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LINDAKAY228 3/10/2013 11:05AM

    Sometimes we do have to change or revise our goals when they realize they are not really going to work for us. It's part of the learning process and doesn't mean quitting. For example I had goal at one time to run a half marathon, but have realized that really isn't something I want to put that dedicated training and time into but I do love hiking and have been working much more on that and longer distances. It works better for me. I still run some, and like to do 5k's sometimes, but the original goal has changed. We set goals to help ourselves go after the things we really want, and sometimes we find we need to break them into smaller goals or allow ourselves more time or whatever. We also set gals for things we think we want but in the process of pursuing it we find that it's not really the thing we really want but find something else that is. I love your blog. Have a great day!

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BROWNSKIN252 3/9/2013 10:43PM

    Change is inevitable....how you view, receive and accept change is what makes the experience positive or negative. I LOVE POSITIVE and I am so happy to see you taking 2 steps forward! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUANN7 3/9/2013 9:41PM

    AS LONG AS YOUR NOT QUITTING ALTOGETHER AND GETTING KNOCKED DOWN BUT GETTING BACK UP IS WHAT'S IMPORTANT. AND GOALS NEED TO BE FLEXIBLE AND ABLE TO BE ADJUSTED JUST AS OUR WEIGHT DOES OR DOESN'T CHANGE FOR US.AS LONG AS YOUR STAYING THE SAME, LOSING OR FLUCUATTING JUST A SMALL AMOUNT I WOULD SAY YOUR DOING ALRIGHT.HANG IN THERE U WILL GET THERE SLOW AND STEADY.-LU emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHEMARIE 3/9/2013 3:14PM

    It's not how many times we get knocked down, but how many times we get back up!

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