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What motivates me?

Friday, October 04, 2013

I have been thinking about this today. Since I reached my goal weight I have been battling a lack of motivation, or at least what I perceive as a lack of motivation. I am still getting in 2-3 hours of exercise daily, but I have been slacking some on the intensity of those workouts and the ST has been practically non existent. Perhaps it isn't a lack of motivation, but rather a matter of perceptions changing? Two and a half years ago, when I was morbidly obese and a recluse, my expectations for myself were very low. Basically, if I was breathing then I must be doing "okay". Fast forward to today, and any day with less than three hours of exercise (most of it outside) seems like a slack day. Exercise hasn't just become a habit, it has become an expectation. My dog is definitely not complaining!

So, what does motivate me now that losing weight is no longer the goal? Being healthy certainly motivates me. I am fighting off a little bit of a cold tonight for the first time in 2 years, but I know that it is temporary. Beating my goals motivates me. As does this fitness streak I am currently working on. Day 743 of 120+ minutes of exercise every single day. I had thought about taking a day off once I hit the two year mark, but so far that hasn't happened. There is just so much to do that is FUN!! There is a major motivation for me... have fun. Without all the weight dragging me down I am capable of getting out and doing so many fun things. If it wasn't fun then I probably wouldn't be doing it. (Though if you asked me if I was having fun when I am kayaking against a stiff headwind for hours I might not decide it was very much fun at the time, but when it is over I enjoy the sense of accomplishment so maybe that is where the fun comes in.)

So, I guess my big motivation now is being capable of doing the fun stuff. In order to keep doing the fun stuff I need to keep my weight under control and my fitness level toned up. Whether it is walking the dog, kayaking, snowshoeing, running, or anything else that strikes my fancy I need to stay fit and healthy to enjoy it. So far it is enjoyable. (Ask me again in January when it is cold and icy.)
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  • v CHERIRIDDELL
    Fun is important
    1060 days ago
  • v CHERIRIDDELL
    Fun is important
    1060 days ago
  • v BIGPAWSUP
    Just re-read this in January and you'll be fine!
    1060 days ago
  • v BONNIEMARGAY
    Wishing you relief.
    1060 days ago
  • v SUNNYBEACHGIRL
    When I read your blog, I thought you had some mind reading machine because I am having the same crisis of motivation. You deserve a lot of credit and kudos for the effort you have put in on your journey and the energy you expend each day. I have lost weight before and put it back on and this time I am trying to figure out where I go wrong before it gets away from me. Maybe admitting the problem in public is part of the solution.

    So keep posting and I will keep reading because your thoughts are very relevant for me. Have a great weekend.
    1060 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/5/2013 12:33:15 PM
  • v COCK-ROBIN
    You are motivated, and will go far!
    1061 days ago
  • v GOULDSGRANITE
    So glad you are focusing on fun. It is so inspirational how your life has changed. You are also a major motivtion to your family, what a blessing you are! Keep up the great work, have a ball!
    1061 days ago
  • v GOING-STRONG
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    1061 days ago
  • v HOPEFULHIPPO
    love it and can't wait to be in the "now what" scenario :o) See you on the 5% teams.

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    1061 days ago
  • v INCREDIBLYME
    I think you answered your own question-
    - in years past ... ....recluse...morbidly obese......basically existing
    - now- healthy bmi... healthy weight... exercise is fun.... it isn't so much a matter of 'exercise' but one of active living.....it is your new lifestyle and you are finding so much freedom in the life you are LIVING and it is FUN and Cooper is one of many great companions that get the pleasure of your company. You don't need to live every day as if you were travelling the I5, many days can be enjoyed at a slower pace on the backroads and country lanes. I think the secret is to just not get stuck in a rut- and you don't seem to have a problem there
    1061 days ago
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