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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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MNNICE 2/24/2014 8:32PM

    The unmotivation bug has bitten me, also! I keep hoping if this long, cold, windy, snow winter ever ends, it'll be easier to stay on track. We just keep plodding along and hope to finish every bite of that elephant eventually!

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CHERIJ16 2/24/2014 8:17PM

    You always seem to know what to say when I need to hear it the most! emoticon

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JOHGLO2011 2/24/2014 8:13PM

    Thank you so much! Very motivating!

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LUANN7 2/24/2014 6:40PM

    Thanks for the motivating advice- I needed to hear it for sure!!!

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MARYJEANSL 2/24/2014 6:22PM

  Some days I feel as though I have been successful if I have eaten two pieces of cake instead of four, so I can definitely relate to the pickle situation. I think you did the best you could. A jar of pickles is way better than two pieces of cake. Good ideas, as usual.

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RAINBOWMF 2/24/2014 6:06PM

    Thanks for the lift advice, I needed it

Hugs Mary

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SUPERSYLPH 2/24/2014 6:03PM

    Thanks! I needed that!

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DLYNN1113 2/24/2014 5:46PM

    Great blog. I know some people may laugh at chair exercises. But those who have never tried coach Nicole's need to try them before laughing them off. They give you a real workout!!! Great ideas as usual and love your openess about your struggles. emoticon emoticon

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GR8TAWK 2/24/2014 5:29PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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DIBANANA 2/24/2014 5:04PM

  You are amazing

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JANET552 2/24/2014 4:30PM

    Great advice!!

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SANDRALEET 2/24/2014 3:46PM

    I watch old fashioned comides on D.V.D and even funny cartoons helps me relive stress and get your endorphins up

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FRABBIT 2/24/2014 3:41PM

  Fabulous pep talk!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/24/2014 3:29PM

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 2/24/2014 3:24PM

    You're amazing!!

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TOKIEMOON 2/24/2014 3:15PM

    Thanks for the pep talk - it's so dreary here in MI that I need to be reminded that I must make my own uplifting times. My go to crunchy, low cal snacks, are carrots and celery - no added sodium.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 2/24/2014 3:01PM

    Beth this must be the Monday for blahs. I too have struggled to get up and about today and in fact last 2 days have been rough. I too found by playing some get up and go music helped me get up and go for a walk. Ate unhealthy today. Rice tuna and chicken cream soup. Tasted great but I'm suffering now with too full too tight feelings. Will have light supper. One day at a time. We can do it. Hugs Pat

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TUTUNAN 2/24/2014 2:46PM

    I find that it really helps me to not have any "bad" stuff in my house. Then when the binge urge hits, I'm not interested in the good stuff, so I just suffer thru the urges. I am too lazy to run to the store for junk food (or maybe it's my pride that won't let me go!). And I don't want anyone to see that stuff in my grocery cart! (pride again!)
However, I have been known to binge on the good stuff....grapes anyone? Am I contradicting myself?

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GRACEOMALLEY 2/24/2014 2:33PM

    Thanks for putting it out there for us. It always helps to know that you aren't alone in your faults and failings - that others struggle, too. You've accomplished so much that it might be hard for some to remember that you still have weaknesses and moments just like everyone else. emoticon emoticon

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DSHONEYC 2/24/2014 2:31PM

    emoticon Popcorn can be a good alternative...sans butter of course.

It is really mind over matter. And "taking one bite at a time" of that elephant.

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WIFE49 2/24/2014 2:29PM

    WOW you look great. emoticon emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 2/24/2014 2:15PM

    AMEN!! Yes, pickles are not the healthiest thing to eat, but way better than chips or chocolate! Or whatever! I made a huge salad for lunch today and enjoyed every bite, but know I'll want some carbs later. Thank goodness for 100 calorie popcorn!

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CHICKPEA23 2/24/2014 2:12PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey and your advice! I always learn something or find some inspiration from your blogs. Today it was both. :) Hope you have a productive rest of the day!
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LOVINGKATE 2/24/2014 2:12PM

  Beth, some times I feel like there just isn't enough bad food around to eat. My binge can get pretty bad at times. But I find my way back and get on track. Exercise is not my favorite. I know I must but I don't like it. We live in a small town and we have a lot of snow and ice. Love to walk out side but not with kind of weather. So house works and walking videos is what keeps me going. Want to learn chair yoga. Know of any great DVDs?
Thanks so much for sharing a great blog. emoticon

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SEATTLE58 2/24/2014 2:07PM

    emoticon And thank you for sharing how you get through your down days. I'm having one today too, so I think that I'll get off the couch and play the piano for awhile! emoticon

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