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What I Do When I'm UNmotivated

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Feeling super UNmotivated to do the things I need to do today. So I put on very upbeat music, some workout clothes and make a plan of breaking things into chunks of work. A surgeon of mine, once telling me about how rough a recovery I would have and how many more surgeries I would need, gave me a good analogy. He asked, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." This one choice, one step, one chunk at a time approach helps me in all things.

So maybe that helps me feel perkier and I get a few things done. Workouts have never been my thing, but I do find that I like walking in nature. I count every grueling step indoors. I also like walking with friends I can talk to. It keeps my mind off of the fact I'm being tortured. Yes, with my spinal disease and my bad knees and fibro, that's what it feels like some days. So the trick is to find something you like. I actually like socializing at the mall, so I go there to walk with friends. I like walking in nature, so I get outdoors whenever I possibly can. I have an arm bike, since it hurts so badly to do lower body exercise. I swim. I do yoga. I clean as fast as I can and make it a game some days, just to get my heart rate up. I dance by myself to music I like for as long as my body holds out. I do chair exercise. There is always something you can do, no matter what shape you are in. I know, because I was bedridden at 460 pounds when I started this journey. You just have to think about what you CAN do and avoid the word CAN'T.

I would also like to eat a lot today, as I've felt binge-ish lately. I've allowed myself to eat lots of pickles lol. I've literally eaten a jar of pickles each day for the past 3 days. It's damage control. It's the least damage I can do with food at the moment while I'm going through high anxiety levels. The sodium though, ugh. I feel like a tick. I'm letting up on the pickles today and am limiting myself. Anxiety could be better relieved with aromatherapy of peppermint and lavender, some writing, water, and a few leisure time activities. I need to treat myself rather than eat. Often times, I give myself a facial, a manicure or pedicure to relax and pamper myself. It distracts me from eating and calms me down.

So next time you feel unmotivated, remember that everyone feels that way at times. Put on some upbeat music to change your mood and put on some workout clothes. Who knows where the day will go from there.
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LORIVIOLA 6/5/2014 8:58AM

    emoticon for sharing your good ideas!
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MAYBER 4/15/2014 11:38PM

    thanks for sharing your thoughts
remember one day at a time
love prayers peace
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REDSPIRALWOMAN 4/5/2014 12:04PM

    Thanks so much! This was timely for me right now. We always speak to and for each other here at Spark. emoticon

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NASFKAB 3/15/2014 1:08AM

  thanks so much Beth Way to go

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SUSIEMT 3/6/2014 3:26PM

    Once again, Thank you Beth! I needed that!

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PBROWN5110 3/3/2014 10:06PM

  Thanks for reminding us again that we control what we do. I have been feeling sorry for myself (and angry at the guy who rear-ended me in January) because I can't dance, or water-run or lift weights or even use the treadmill for more than 10 minutes. Then a couple of days ago I remembered all your posts about how you started out doing what you could do. So, if the only thing I can do right now is pedal the mini-cycle thingie from my armchair until my back and neck feel better, then that's what I'm going to do. emoticon emoticon

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MASTIGIA7 3/3/2014 3:58PM

    Thanks so much for this post. I love your ideas--inspiration to get out of my own low-motivation slump. I love the thought that no matter where you find yourself there's always SOMETHING you can do.

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SJKENT1 3/3/2014 9:17AM

    I love pickles!! Good thoughts... good plans!!

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CAROLJ35 3/2/2014 9:41PM

    So good to be honest!!! emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 3/2/2014 6:06PM

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LIVINHEALTHY9 3/1/2014 4:07PM

    I never thought of eating pickles to thwart a binge.

Thanks for your always inspiring blog.

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JOANNHUNT 3/1/2014 12:16PM

    AWESOME BLOG. THANK YOU FOR SHARING. YOU GO GIRL.

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MILLIE5522 3/1/2014 9:55AM

    Great ideas from a great lady! emoticon

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AZAOZA2 3/1/2014 7:00AM

    We all feel the same. Thanks for sharing Your tips emoticon emoticon

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WRITERWANNAB 3/1/2014 12:23AM

    I needed to hear this! I'm going through a very painful time with my right knee & hip. I'm not giving up, though. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MAMA_CD 2/28/2014 9:18PM

    We all have times when we feel unmotivated, it's a time of reflecting on feelings and trying to find out why, sometimes there's a physical reason, sometimes psychological, or emotional. You found the secret to do the things that you like and don't try to force yourself to exercise with something you hate to do. Nature, dancing, all fun and great exercise!

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DEB_NC 2/28/2014 6:34PM

    lol I sure can relate to the pickles. I did the same thing with them, til I bloated up from the sodium, and the scales showed that too. I switched to cucumbers now. They are mostly water and dont bloat me.

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DSHONEYC 2/28/2014 4:24PM

    It is weird sometimes to remember to eat enough calories to fuel the body efficiently. It must be hard for diabetics to get it right. It is a balancing act. And we have to do it everyday.

Diets don't take a holiday.

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ALYSSAWINEGAR 2/28/2014 3:39PM

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You've sure helped some of us get motivated just with your words! You look awesome. Good luck as you continue your journey!
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MARUKI52 2/28/2014 2:42PM

    I know what it is like to feel unmotivated. It can be quite hard to get going again. Thanks for posting this blog.

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PIGGYWAY 2/28/2014 10:12AM

  DON`T GIVE UP

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FITMOMMY1836 2/28/2014 9:56AM

    Wonderful blog. Makes my excuses seem so much less important and legit.

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CHASENMYDESTINY 2/28/2014 9:19AM

    Thanks for the practical words of motivation! Some days are like that and I love the idea of putting on the music and workout clothes just to see what happens! Stay strong on your journey!! emoticon

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WALLPER26 2/28/2014 8:22AM

    Thanks again, for your encouraging words. I totally understand. Please remember always, that there are lots of us in your corner - Hear us shouting emoticon emoticon

Have a wonderful day!

Deb

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 2/28/2014 6:55AM

    Eating that elephant today myself..................! Thanks, Beth......as always, you are a gem!!!

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ONELITTLEPILL 2/28/2014 12:53AM

    I love the "How do you eat an elephant" analogy. What a great way to think of this journey. You have some great ideas in here. Good job sticking with pickles and not overdoing it! emoticon

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ANDYLIN90 2/27/2014 11:46PM

    Oh yes, I know about pickles and yes I can eat an unbelievable amount at times. As always I love your blogs because they are so honest and revealing.

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SLLYONS51 2/27/2014 11:45PM

  emoticon Love the before and current pictures. You have come a long way. Thank-you for sharing your journey and knowledge with us!

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CTICKET 2/27/2014 11:40PM

    Thanks for sharing. Helps me stay motivated!

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MSBOOTCAMP 2/27/2014 11:05PM

    Great strategies! Hang in there!

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ROXYCARIN 2/27/2014 10:55PM

  Great

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DESTINEDTOBFIT 2/27/2014 10:54PM

  I ALWAYS enjoy reading your blog posts. You are so inspiring. I am right now trying to change some really bad habits that I somehow allowed myself to take on in the past few years, and it is torture. First of all, I go back and forth each day, mostly back, about doing the right thing. I exercise regularly now, but I have held tightly to my awful eating habits. I am working on doing better.

As always, thanks for your post!
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MCMARTI26 2/27/2014 8:58PM

    I loved the analogy your surgeon made. I have to keep it in mind. emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 2/27/2014 8:08PM

    pickles huh?

I will have to check into those

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NONNAOF2 2/27/2014 7:54PM

  I'm feeling a bit off on my motivation, too as of lately! You inspire me to keep going! Thank you! :-)

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 2/27/2014 6:16PM

    emoticon your on the right track ! emoticon

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GOLFINMOMMA 2/27/2014 6:14PM

    Thank you! If you can do it so can I. Love the pics, they are motivation for me.
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SPECIALK4C 2/27/2014 5:58PM

    Thanks for being honest about your struggles and being so encouraging. I get so frustrated sometimes when my health problems seem to get in my way of exercising. But maybe I am just using that as an excuse. Like you said, there is always something I could do...


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GLITTERFROG1 2/27/2014 5:02PM

  Some great ideas here! I really like the idea about doing housework as fast as possible! That is one good way to get it over with as soon as possible as well as burn some calories while doing so. I also like to go and walk around the mall. My problem is, I see too many temptations there! If I could go with other like-minded women, my goal would be to do the walk and then for a "treat", just get a coffee but nothing else. Good luck getting over the cravings. I'm having them also a lot right now. Could be the weather. Spring is coming!

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GETULLY 2/27/2014 4:25PM

    Fabulous before and after pics! Always a great motivator to see how far one has come! emoticon

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PROPMAN1 2/27/2014 4:24PM

  emoticon Needed to hear what you had to say. Thanks for sharing!

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LAWANDMUSIC 2/27/2014 4:09PM

    Yeah. Me, too. Keep up the faith!

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SWEETLILBLUEYES 2/27/2014 3:44PM

    Me too. No motivation. I might be coming down with a cold. But reading your blog has helped me realize I can still do something! Thanks !

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KDYLOSE 2/27/2014 3:29PM

    What you do with pickles I do with jars of sun-dried tomato strips!

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