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Staying Motivated on ZERO Motivation days

Friday, September 06, 2013

Can you relate to zero motivation on some days? I can so relate. What helped me on those many days, months and often years of not caring at all for myself was to do something I enjoyed while eating BUT giving myself permission to do the activity without eating. I know that sounds strange but here's how it works:
Part of us gets relief from eating and does associate it with activities we do while eating such as T.V. , reading, socializing, etc.... Often it becomes a hand in hand habit.
When I gave myself permission to watch T.V. mindlessly, but WITH OUT the eating part, that part of me that wanted to "just eat and eat" was a little more satisfied than if I have gone cold turkey into doing "healthy" things on my list of things to do instead of eating.
I try to be gentle and kind to that patterned side of me that is tying the event to eating.
Another example: Let's say your not motivated to exercise. Going for a gentle walk to enjoy the outdoors without the goal of getting sweating, sore or burning calories... See, you would be doing something you enjoyed and sneaking in some exercise.
Giving yourself permission to be gentle and making it okay takes away the compounding guilt we often feel when we don't "stick to the plan" perfectly. I think I'll give myself to watch a movie today.... (without eating!) emoticon

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  • MANIERICHARDS
    I have a schedule every day. I get my exercise out of the way. Then I go and have breakfast. After that, I try to keep busy doing things that need to be done. When I find time to relax, I try the computer, read a book, but if I get stressed there better not be any sweets in the house, is all I can say.
    1118 days ago
  • CLEARNIGHTSKY
    Oh, yes, I can relate to zero motivation.

    I'm finding that this motivation is kind of cyclical for me . . . it comes and goes pretty regularly . . . every few days or so it swings the other way.

    I find it pretty tough to get started on my workout on those low-motivation days, but this topic does make me think of that quote I love:

    "Gee, I really regret that workout," said by no one, ever.

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    (Although yesterday I totally skipped my workout because I felt totally wiped out. Still figuring this all out.)

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    1119 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/7/2013 11:25:04 PM
  • IMREITE
    i have started to make myself do 5 minute tasks. That way i am off my butt and get something done and as i start 1 thing i am generally ready to do the next or longer task.
    1120 days ago
  • CHERIJ16
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    1120 days ago
  • SPARKLISE
    Great idea! emoticon
    1120 days ago
  • WOUBBIE
    Great angle on this! Having a lofty goal does you no good if it's not DOABLE. Better to have multiple small "wins" than only an occasional big one.
    1120 days ago
  • KELLIEBEAN
    Great ideas! Thank you very much!


    1120 days ago
  • LISSTEVENS
    AWESOME ADVICE!! I will have to try this because the exercise motivation is LOOOOWWW!!
    1120 days ago
  • QUILTNANGEL
    I have a lot of "no motivation' days. I love your idea of allowing myself to do things without the eating. I'm always doing mindless eating while doing other things. I know I'm not really hungry, just bored. Thanks so much for this great idea!!!

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    1120 days ago
  • OTTAWABOUND
    Yesterday, I gave myself permission to take a taxi to the pool and back for 30 minutes of swimming. So, about a dollar a minute of swimming. BUT -- I felt so good afterwards and it made it easier to stay on track with my food that day.

    Thanks for a thoughtful blog.
    1120 days ago
  • JACKIE15108
    What great ideas to take your mind off eating!! Thanks!
    1120 days ago
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