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Accountability Report: Willpower vs. motivation

Friday, April 19, 2013

It has been a crazy last couple of weeks! I feel like my world has been turned upside down! A lot of good has come from the events, however! I know I havenít been doing the greatest with this challenge. Iím mostly struggling with the fitness challenges, and Iím working on that. But other aspects of my life have been positively affected!

Eric started a new job last week. His schedule has totally changed! He went from working as a tattoo artist from 12-8pm (10pm on Friday and Saturday) to working as an installation tech for heating and air from 7am-5pm. The job he has requires that he bring lunch with him every day or he doesnít eat. So Iíve had to step up my meal planning skills and make sure I had stuff for his lunch every day. This has also motivated me to make mine and my boysí lunch every day. No more fast food! (Well, Monday was a bust kinda!) But so far itís been going really well! I hate thinking about lunch, but now it seems effortless. Iím making things like Turkey bacon wraps, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, soup and sandwiches. Oh! And I found this Ah-MAZING egg salad recipe! So good! Anyway, thatís one of the benefits of this challenge! Iím making lunch instead of eating out! Healthy lunches, at that!

So, these were my goals:

I want to get into a regular workout routine again.
I would like to lose at least 10 lbs.
I want to feel more confident about my appearance.
I want to get into a habit of meal planning and sticking with the plan. emoticon

Thereís really only one Iíve been able to accomplish. But thatís great! Itís the foundation of my journey! If I canít eat right I canít do anything to my full ability, right?

Iíve learned something very important during this challenge. This weight loss journey is more about willpower than it is about motivation. I get bursts of motivation and inspiration, but itís the willpower I need to work on. I need to push myself harder to see results. But I need to DO something first. So Iím not where I want to be, but Iím closer than I was a few weeks ago! Iím establishing a routine. Thatís the most important thing. Making this habit, or routine. Iím taking baby steps as not to overwhelm myself.

My goals for the rest of this challenge (And Iíve re-worded them as advised by another member!):

I WILL get into a regular workout routine.
I WILL lose at least 5 lbs.
I WILL feel more confident about my appearance.
I WILL continue meal planning and sticking to the plan.

So, letís finish the challenge strong! Donít depend on motivation. (Itís good but itís not always there!) Run on sheer willpower!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SPARKLINGHOPE 4/20/2013 9:55AM

    Best wishes!! emoticon

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OHEMVEE 4/20/2013 1:06AM

    Love the pics! You're doing a great job with your goals, especially with the meal planning. Good luck with your journey! emoticon

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CAGMUAHFO2 4/19/2013 4:33PM

    emoticon on the meal planning!! I have found that makes a huge difference for my family. emoticon emoticon

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AMBERRULE 4/19/2013 3:43PM

    this is so true, I have motivation up the wazoo, but lack the willpower to get up and do ANYTHING!!! Its so frustrating to think about everything I can and want to do and plan to do it but then just not do it!! You are so totally right, I need to use my will power!!!

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