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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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DR8561 2/27/2014 3:13PM

    Great advice! emoticon

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TAMMYR1967 2/27/2014 1:12PM

    Great advice, thanks! I have days like that also, it's people like you and reading about your journey that help to keep me motivated.

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AMBER461 2/27/2014 12:56PM

  Thank you for sharing your motivation an advice tour blogs are always inspirational.

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JSEATTLE 2/27/2014 12:42PM

  Even when you are unmotivated there are still things you can do each day, small things can roll into big things. I know how that feels!

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JUDYAMK 2/27/2014 12:10PM

    Pickles YUCK !!! My stomach would be real sick on that many!!! I like pickles but gosh I never heard of anyone eating that many!! Now my bad bad is anything carb's, & starchy Once I start with those binges I eat so much I could bust!!! When I have macaroni & cheese I have to measure it out with a cup or it would be 3 cups on my plate. Then I cannot stand my self later. My husband looks at me when I complain of what I did and says "No but it tasted good going down didn't it ' ? Now my brother that lives with us is a sweet eater, he brings all kinds home I rarely eat sweets. He gets them from a special bakery made fresh every day. He is as thin as a stick of celery always is thin.
take care love your before & after
Judy

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PROVERBS31JULIA 2/27/2014 12:08PM

    Maybe try making a smal batch of homemade fermented pickles to keep you busy - and then to enjoy real food without so much sodium?

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SPARKLISE 2/27/2014 11:37AM

    " I feel like a tick!" lol I love that one! emoticon

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GOOSIEMOON 2/27/2014 11:31AM

    Thanks for sharing this. I have struggled with unmotivation lately as well, and it's helpful to know that others have the same challenges.

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PREACHERLADY565 2/27/2014 11:21AM

  Not pickles for me...OLIVES.....I like the greek best - but really anything.


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SGILBER6 2/27/2014 10:25AM

    I love your before and after pics- what a difference even in just your face and neck! I also LOVE pickles! :)

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JERICHO1991 2/27/2014 10:25AM

    Aromatherapy, writing, walking, drinking water, listening to music...I like those alternatives to binge eating. Thanks.

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JIBBIE49 2/27/2014 10:14AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark mail. What an honor. emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 2/27/2014 10:04AM

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ONTHEPATH2 2/27/2014 9:56AM

    Well said! When I am unmotivated, I put on some music and dance! Once I start moving, it seems less of a stretch to workout! It's getting out of that chair, or off that couch that take the work. A little dancing is good for the soul!!!

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IDICEM 2/27/2014 9:16AM

  Pickles! Love it. emoticon

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MAVERICK59 2/27/2014 9:15AM

    appreciate your honesty.

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PYNETREE 2/27/2014 9:02AM

    I've not been feeling Motivated for days now! I'm thinking it's weather related..just sick and tired of Winter! But what ever the cause..it's just not happening for me.

Thanks for sharing your blog ... it is inspiring.


You have to pretend these are pickles emoticon E-moticans!!

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SUNSHINEGB 2/27/2014 8:38AM

    emoticon Thank you Beth, you are so encouraging with your 'tell it like it is' blogs! Thank You!
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PATTYR81 2/27/2014 8:33AM

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I LOVE your 'damage control' strategy! Mine is HOT decaf sf drinks. My dd#1 calls them 'scalding'. emoticon Keeping my mouth occupied comforts me and helps me get thru the feelings causing me to feel bingy

I've also discovered '80's musicTOTALLY lightens my soul! emoticon

THANKS for sharing!
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VALPHIL 2/27/2014 8:16AM

    Great words of wisdom for all of us. Thanks so much. It has helped me so much, reading your words.



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STEPHLOKI 2/27/2014 7:59AM

    Thanks again, for motivational blog. You have no idea what big a role you have played in me accepting, that - after successfully loosing 10kg - injuries & progressing RA have made it impossible to do long distance running at the moment. Your positive attitude has helped me to focus on what I can do and what I like doing, not what I can't do any more.

As much as the scale is not budging at the moment, I have lost some inches and I will start loosing again.
So I will keep using you as an example on how to focus on the positive things.

Thanks & Hugs

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TIME-4-TINA 2/27/2014 7:26AM

    I've felt unmotivated lately too. I'm sure it's the weather. However, the good news is I've probably eaten at least 3/4 of the elephant. 1/4 to go! Good analogy! thanks for sharing.

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PENOWOK 2/27/2014 6:34AM

    You always have the best advice!

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CHERYLHURT 2/27/2014 6:27AM

  You're doing great!

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AMYRENEE1967 2/27/2014 6:08AM

    Great Reminder! Thank you! And you look fabulous, what a transformation!

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PURPLEPEONY 2/27/2014 2:56AM

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IMPERIODEE 2/27/2014 1:56AM

  thank you for sharing your thoughts and for inspiring me. your picture is clearly telling me that i can do it too!

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ROCKYCPA 2/26/2014 9:13PM

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BETRHO48 2/26/2014 8:58PM

    emoticon What a great attitude you have!
And I like your one-bite-at-a-time approach. That is my approach and it is working for me.
Thanks for a really inspirational blog.
And keep on Sparkin'

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JUSTJANE40 2/26/2014 8:10PM

    :)

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MISSJANE55 2/26/2014 7:00PM

  appreciate your POV. thanks.

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AJB121299 2/26/2014 6:30PM

    nice

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MSAMYO 2/26/2014 6:07PM

    This was such an inspirational post! I like the way you approach things "one chunk at a time". I've played with this idea, but you rationalized it so well! I was having a moody morning and played some upbeat music, which changed the whole day! I'm very glad I read your post...it gave me a real boost! Thank you so much for sharing!!! emoticon

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X_MONICA_X 2/26/2014 4:57PM

    Thanks for this supportive and encouraging advice! I needed to read this kind of blog post because I have been feeling unmotivated for quite some time. I'll try those tips!


You look great by the way... congrats to you on your success journey!

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ONESPOTLEFT 2/26/2014 4:43PM

    very encouraging thank you for such great insight

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KRILL14 2/26/2014 4:37PM

    Thank you so much for the inspiration. I'm fighting off a cold right now and not feeling like doing anything but I'm going to put on some music and boogie!

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REDHATSHAPELY1 2/26/2014 4:02PM

    Great idea! Thanks for the good thought. You are a great motivator!
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HOOSIERGIRL4 2/26/2014 3:32PM

  Thank you for sharing such good insights. I have wanted to overeat as well recently. I like your ideas on self care.

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GORDON66 2/26/2014 2:35PM

  It's nice to be a winner in weight loss!

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MOMMY445 2/26/2014 2:05PM

    so well said!

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JANNY316 2/26/2014 1:48PM

    I am glad I am not the only one out there!

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STORMIE62 2/26/2014 1:24PM

    The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration one's life will be.
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