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 haven’t been doing the greatest with this challenge. I’m mostly struggling with the fitness challenges, and I’m 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 doesn’t eat. So I’ve 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 boys’ lunch every day. No more fast food! (Well, Monday was a bust kinda!) But so far it’s been going really well! I hate thinking about lunch, but now it seems effortless. I’m 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, that’s one of the benefits of this challenge! I’m 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

There’s really only one I’ve been able to accomplish. But that’s great! It’s the foundation of my journey! If I can’t eat right I can’t do anything to my full ability, right?

I’ve 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 it’s the willpower I need to work on. I need to push myself harder to see results. But I need to DO something first. So I’m not where I want to be, but I’m closer than I was a few weeks ago! I’m establishing a routine. That’s the most important thing. Making this habit, or routine. I’m taking baby steps as not to overwhelm myself.

My goals for the rest of this challenge (And I’ve 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, let’s finish the challenge strong! Don’t depend on motivation. (It’s good but it’s not always there!) Run on sheer willpower!

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