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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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BARBIE66 2/26/2014 1:18PM

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JODYANNA 2/26/2014 12:33PM

    Thanks for the sharing and the motivation...I needed that today! Gonna put on some movin' music!

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DEE797 2/26/2014 12:15PM

    Loved your blog. I needed to read this today. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and journey with us.

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KARRIMARIE 2/26/2014 9:56AM

    I needed to hear this. I struggle with motivation but thank you it's good to know I'm not alone! :)

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DISNEY4537 2/26/2014 9:53AM

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing! Encouraging! emoticon

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DCWILLIAMS831 2/26/2014 9:29AM

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My mantra is one day, one meal, one choice, one step, one minute intervals to a new me. I love the eating an elephant analogy. That along with positive thinking will go a long way to keeping me on track.

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On making the changes necessary to become a healthier person! Thank you for motivating me.

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RILEYBOT 2/26/2014 9:26AM

    Good blog, thanks for sharing emoticon

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WWGAL2 2/26/2014 9:08AM

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good girl! you are doing great. life is all about ups and downs. this may be a down, but it doesn't have to stay that way and you are doing what you can to make sure of that. good for you!

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SLIM153 2/26/2014 9:01AM

    YOU ROCK INDYGIRL!!!
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I expect you are taking a quality multi vitamin and mineral (I take Double X by Nutrilite) since you are under Dr's care? I usually get bingey when I lax off my vitamins. But when there is something I crave then I put into my plan, the right amount at the right time.
What kind of pickles? Yum! Also pickled vegies are on the same shelf and salad vinegar sprinkled over vegies and or vegies sliced into a dish of vinegar or pickle juice. A few alternates of the like. The last one there is a staple from the garden to the table in season...... coming soon.....
Have a great and productive day!!
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RUBYSNANA 2/26/2014 8:47AM

    Absolutely, music is a great motivator. This cold snowy winter is keeping many of us inside and music really helps give us a lift when we are limited to "inside walking" and chair exercises. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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ANNROW0354 2/26/2014 8:20AM

    I think this very long winter has a lot of us feeling unmotivated. Music is a huge motivator for me.....Who doesn't want to get up and move when you hear Happy by Pherell Williams?
I'm glad you wrote this because when you read one success story after another you begin to think "what's wrong with me?' even though you are making progress. This is just a reminder that even 1 little step is better than no step at all.

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ALEZHANDRIA 2/26/2014 6:56AM

    Thank you so much for this! When I'm struggling past the CFS and Fibro it always helps to know that others have made their way and continue to every day. emoticon

The trick with the workout clothes is vital. Some of my best workouts have been ones I tried to talk myself out of. I made the deal with myself that I can complain and make any excuses I want, as long as I put my workout clothes on and sit/stand/otherwise orient on the workout I'm trying to avoid. Just being in the clothes can cause muscle memory to kick in and the entire day can turn around.

I don't want to encourage stress eating, but while you're transition off of the pickles, cucumbers are great and don't have the sodium. emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 2/26/2014 5:56AM

    Thanks for sharing....

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TORTISE110 2/26/2014 5:53AM

    I always appreciate your honesty and your perseverance!

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KATESCAPE 2/26/2014 5:52AM

    I know what you mean about wearing the workout clothes...I've noticed this lately too. That it helps me move with a little pep in my step, my posture is better and then I feel motivated to keep it going!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/26/2014 3:59AM

    This is just what I needed to read today. I am so glad that you posted it! You and I are in similar places (I won't say the same place because everyone's situation is a bit different.) thank you for sharing what you do to pull yourself up without using food. I will use some of your suggestions today!!!

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DEEGIRL50 2/26/2014 3:38AM

    Thanks for the tips! You have really transformed your life.
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BKNOCK 2/25/2014 8:14PM

    I hope you lose some of that stress soon! Great blog!

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    emoticon emoticon You rock!!!

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SWEETNEEY 2/25/2014 4:53PM

    You are a major inspiration and I am trying to approach my food challenges one step at a time.

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MPETERSON2311 2/25/2014 4:25PM

    thank you for sharing. We can do this!

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 2/25/2014 3:54PM

   
Thanks for sharing your feeling and thoughts ! some of these really hit home for me and helped me too ! I appreciate it so much !!

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GRANDMABABA 2/25/2014 1:34PM

    Encouraging!

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DDOORN 2/25/2014 11:36AM

    Getting outside in nice weather is absolutely WONDERFUL tonic for what ails me also! :-)

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SLIMLEAF 2/25/2014 10:56AM

    Thanks for sharing these helpful suggestions.

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WILSONWR 2/25/2014 9:10AM

    Thanks for the advice. I've definitely had problems getting motivated since my wife passed away.

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NANCY- 2/25/2014 7:51AM

    Thanks for sharing what works for you, that is so helpful.
For anxiety what works for me is just slow deep soothing breaths or a lovely cup of Smith's No. 96 tea. (it is like drinking a cup of flowers.)
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_MELISSAJOY_ 2/25/2014 3:47AM

    Excellent post! Thanks for sharing. :)

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COCK-ROBIN 2/25/2014 12:39AM

    Good for you, and good advice for me!

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123ELAINE456 2/25/2014 12:17AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Well Said!!! I Agree With You. You Can Do It!!! Keep Pushing Forward!!! WTG!!! //god Blessings Always!!! Have a Wonderful Week!!! Love The Photos too!!!

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LOLA_LALA 2/24/2014 10:45PM

    You're such a remarkable, beautiful inspiration - inwardly and outwardly - to us all, Beth - thanks so much! Pickles are amazingly satisfying, aren't they? I'm fortunate, I guess, to have a weird condition where I have been told by my internist and nephrologist to be sure and eat ENOUGH sodium every day, as I have low serum-sodium (hyponatremia). So I can "party hearty" with the low-cal, high-sodium pickles :) With all your spinal damage and the fibro (ouch!!!), you are truly Superwoman! Thanks, as always, for your words of encouragement!

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AJDOVER1 2/24/2014 10:45PM

    Thanks for your wisdom. Let's turn up the music!

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JAMER123 2/24/2014 10:45PM

    Good things to do for relaxation! I seem to walk when upset or anxious. That's good for me as I have a long of foot pain and don't get a lot of steps in on a daily basis.
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HUNGRYWOMAN2 2/24/2014 10:06PM

    emoticon As always the case I find something familiar in your words. You have a gift of articulating those struggles we all have. Although I realize it has been extremely difficult, your journey is taking you to some awesome places. You inspire many.

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TATTER3 2/24/2014 9:56PM

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LORIVIOLA 2/24/2014 9:07PM

    thanks for sharing. I like the idea of " I give myself a facial, a manicure or pedicure to relax and pamper myself. It distracts me from eating and calms me down. " makes perfect sense to me.

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thank you for the great blog

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