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Monday, August 26, 2013

17. Because I know the more successful I am, the more successful I will want to be. Success breeds success.

My coworker friends held an intervention for me last week. They want to know where my motivation has gone. What has happened to me the last six months, they wondered. There are a lot of things (mostly just "life gets in the way" sort of things), but I think a large part of it is inertia. I stumbled, and it was easy to fall back into old habits and mindsets. I like chocolate and feeling full; I don't like tracking or finding quality proteins that are low in fat. I like to eat out; I don't like to get up early to work out. When I was actively pursuing a stronger lifestyle, I enjoyed it. I loved feeling strong, feeling healthy, and being active. But with everything else I was doing, I got tired. I had been injured, so I took time to recover and then the inertia began. No excuses, just honestly facing where I have been.

I am not to the point that I am ready to jump in 100 percent. No gung ho for me right now, but I am tired of hating my double chin, squeezing into tight pants, and panting up the stairs on the rare occasion I bother with stairs anymore. It is time to dig out my old Success Breeds Success journal and aim for three small health victories each day. As I meet that goal, I will see my motivation ramp back up again and I will once again care about getting my health back. It's about living the life I want to live the way I want to live it. And that is in a strong and healthy body.

To help SPARK the fire I need to get back on track, I plan to post a new reason for 30 days reminding me why I want to live healthier and lose weight.

17. Because I know the more successful I am, the more successful I will want to be. Success breeds success.
16. To live without pain without taking prescription ibuprofen several times each day.
15. To wake up easily.
14. I want to be my own inspirational story.
13. It feels so much better to be in control of my sugar addiction than to be controlled by it.
12. More small clothes fit in the washer/dryer than big clothes.
11. With more strength, greater flexibility, and less weight, I may find myself in less pain.
10. When I am outside more, I am sick less.
09. To reduce my rising cholesterol levels.
08. To be a positive influence on my diabetic husband.
07. I hate my double chin.
06. So I can easily reach my goal of finishing the 2014 Fight for Air Climb in under 40 minutes.
05. Regular exercise clears my head and evens my moods.
04. I feel more in control of my life when I take care of myself.
03. I liked it better when I fit in L shirts instead of XL.
02. When I exercise regularly, I have more energy.
01. When my face is thinner, I have a prettier smile.
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  • BECCA315
    emoticon You know you can do it! Becca
    1666 days ago
    Hey, I think our lists are almost identical! I know what you mean about the inertia thing. Got a little of that happening on my end too. So, I'm with you, slowly ramping it back up and greasing those wheels again. And what a great group of friends, to care enough to ask you where your mojo was. Good for them! Taking care of each other, that's what we're supposed to do. Spark ON!
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    1668 days ago
    Three health victories a day sounds like an AWESOME goal!
    Let's do it!
    1668 days ago
    I am also a "woo hoo-er" here to check out your blog. I am loving the list and hope that it serves as a reminder to you why each small step towards a healthier life will benefit you greatly. You CAN do this! Let us know if you need a listening ear or kick in the butt. :-)

    1668 days ago
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    1668 days ago
    First of all, MissLisa -- you have some awesome friends! Wow! That must have been very difficult for them too, to have confront you on this. You have proven that you have what it takes, you've just got to find it again! Do you know the answer to any of the questions? Why did you stop tracking? Why did you basically give up on yourself?

    I think you need to start small again. Commit to tracking -- no matter what you're eating. Commit to 10 min of exercise daily. Drink your water. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables.

    You can do this. You know it, I know it and your friends know it!

    Take my hand and we can work together.
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    1668 days ago
    When I went to The woohoo jar lounge! Huddle Wall, you had written that you wanted us to read your blog. Here I am! emoticon

    Your blog is very powerful because most of us fall at least once in this journey for better health and wellness but not everybody keeps on going. You have and you are. emoticon emoticon Your list is amazing and I know you can do it, one item at the time, because you have set your goals. emoticon
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    emoticon Love the list!
    1668 days ago
    it is so easy to fall into the trap of bad habits. Kudos to your co-workers on holding that intervention- they care enough to not let you flounder; you know what you need to do. Pulling out your journal and setting you '3 a day' goal for deliberate healthy choices will jump start your journey to success again. I KNOW YOU CAN DO THIS!!!
    1668 days ago
    The best thing is to start on a small program, then keep reminding yourself of why you are you are doing it. Eventually, the good feeling you get becomes reinforcing in itself. Good luck, Glenn
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