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Saturday, May 04, 2013

The universe works in awesome ways. This week in the Biggest Loser team, we have been discussing motivation. Many of us are in the same boat and motivation is waning fast.

Continuing on the Mind Over Body series, today we address MOTIVATION!

Quiz time! I answered True to every question and assigned importance on a scale of 1-10 with at least a 5. Eeek! Something tells me that this will not bode well.

Extrinsic motivation is a reliance on external factors to get our motivation on. Things like numbers on the scale, measurements, clothes size, ect). And I use these too frequently. It's not a bad thing to be externally motivated but this won't see me through on days when the scale wont budge. A great way to look at internal motivation is to imagine if you live in a world where size is not an issue. How do you know that your body is where you want it to be? To summarize; weight is not the issue and losing weight is not the real solution. (WHAT!?) Give me a moment to to wrap my brain around this.......

................................... So it's more about how I FEEL and what I can DO and not so much about the number on a scale or tape measure.......................
.. I like it!

So what then does motivation entail? It's all about not having struggles right, (because we are soooo motivated). Oh. It's not actually. It is human nature to struggle between the sensory gratification of eating delish fat filled foods and the psychological gratification of achieving goals like being healthy (or sexy). So we need to own it, accept it and then focus on what we can do to consistently meet both needs.

I totally feel that I want to eat healthy and exercise, but many days I feel out of control and have a hard time resisting temptations. This is another focus on extrinsic factors that I need to address. I need to remember to take responsibility for my actions and really internalize that I have more control than I acknowledge at times. I-messages can help to reframe these problems and allow me to take control back.

When I make a misstep, I get flooded with negative emotions and I really want to give up. I teach my clients every single day about cognitive distortions and yet here I am with all-or-nothing thinking myself! It would be most helpful to start journaling these thoughts in order to make them easier to challenge.

So what I am taking from this article? I need to address my internal forms of motivation, find ways to balance my need for ice cream with my need to be slim and sexy, take responsibility for my thoughts/actions and improve my thinking in order to reduce the negative and maladaptive thoughts.

Sounds easy enough, right? Riiiiiight.

So how about you? What motivation do you use to overcome obstacles?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BE-THE-CHANGE 5/5/2013 10:42AM

    Funny how we can be so good at helping others and not good at taking our own advice! Thanks for a great blog.

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MORRIGAN11 5/4/2013 7:06PM

    I love you girls, thanks for the support!

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BARBARAROSE54 5/4/2013 1:50PM


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    Awesome blog my friend. I have really been working on motivation myself. Learning to love myself & accept that I DESERVE to be happy & healthy is sometimes difficult for me. I am determined to learn to LOVE myself and to take better care of myself in as many ways as possible. I have been working hard on talking to myself in more positive ways and to eliminate negativity from my mind & my life. It's so hard sometimes but I NEED to push myself. I CAN do this & I thank you & so many others for the motivation and inspiration that you give me. You ROCK!!!! emoticon

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SHANSHE 5/4/2013 11:54AM

    GREAT blog and thoughts! I suck lately at using ANY motivation to overcome obstacles, at least in the health/wellness realm!

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OKBACK2ME 5/4/2013 11:49AM

    Great blog! I find my not getting on site often enough affects my motivation. My goal is to spend time checking in and recording food!

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CAROLLEE57 5/4/2013 8:16AM


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