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).
Hope it makes sense
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
and now...off to enjoy the sunshine!