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Struggling to Start

Monday, July 22, 2013

I have no idea what to do with myself. After promising myself six ways from Sunday that I would spend some time this weekend walking, and getting some veggies in my system, I failed. Big time. I lead a sedentary life. I'm the first to admit it. But this weekend felt like a colossal failure on all levels. I didn't walk. I definitely didn't eat healthy. No veggies at all. And I slept really poorly. I got about six hours Friday night/Saturday morning, but there was a HUGE gap in between the first three and the final three hours (to the tune of 6 hours). Additionally, I spent most of those final three hours tossing and turning. Saturday night I got about four hours, and the same last night. And I have a feeling the lack of sleep is encouraging my lower back pain (which I am sure is not helped by my weight and poor posture).

I know that beating myself up will only make the problem worse, but I don't feel like I know how to get started. I really appreciated the comments on my last blog post that encouraged baby steps. But I'm struggling to motivate myself to take those steps. I know what I want the end result to be, but it's like I'm afraid of it at the same time. How do I get over that fear?

So I'm wondering, fellow Sparkers, how do you keep yourself motivated? And for that matter, how did you take that first step? I'd truly like to know, and I could really use the encouragement.
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  • LADYJ6942
    Welcome to Sp.

    To stay motivated I remind myself of:
    *the things I don't want - knee replacement, back pain, etc.
    *where I started, 296lbs 8 yrs ago
    *how good I feel now vs then - more energy, sexy, healthy
    *the example I'm setting for those around me - husband, kids, niece, grandkids
    *how healthy I am - that despite a family history of high blood pressure I'm not on any meds for anything at all!

    You can do it but you've gotta be ready and it does take baby steps. It takes roughly 6 wks for a change to be come a habit and you've gotta take it one step at a time to reap the long lasting benefit.

    You can do it!
    You are worth it!

    You will do it!
    1548 days ago
    Have you tried joining the Official 10 minutes a day challenge? I find that streaking (going on a streak for a minimum of 10 minutes workout a day) is extremely motivating for me. When I think about a walk or a workout and don't feel like getting off the couch, I think to myself, "It's ONLY 10 minutes and I can keep up my streak."

    I then keep track of my days on post-its that hang on the wall next to my bedroom door. I truly don't want to break that streak and have to start at 1 again, so it motivates me to get up. Many times, after I reach that 10 minutes, I am motivated to just keep going. But, then again, on certain days, I hit that time and just stop. But I have gotten my time in for the day, so I'm not down on myself.

    Hope this helps! You can do it!! emoticon
    1548 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/22/2013 12:29:24 PM
    What motivates you to succeed? Keeping that at the forefront of your mind may help. It's a big step to start, but well worth it.

    Small steps work, like heading out for breaks or at lunch for a quick walk. Get a fitbit if you are competitive.

    There are lots of articles on SP that help too.

    Good luck, you can do anything!

    1548 days ago
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