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Saturday, April 26, 2014



The thing that I most often have to remind myself is that number one rule: Stay motivated--No Matter What. Because motivation IS something that has to be continually renewed and refreshed. When I take the time each morning just to inspire myself (for me it's my slideshow), that's the beginning of my successful days. Because I think it can be easy to forget sometimes that your body deserves the best. Especially on the days where we're not feeling 100%. For me this morning, I have a bit of a flu/cold thing going on and so I wasn't in tip-top form. I had to convince myself that I was going to do the baking/cooking that I had planned in advance yesterday from Sparkrecipes by promising myself that it would only take a "little" bit of time to do, and it ended up being completely worth it. The food was delicious and everyone in the family enjoyed it. I felt good, too, because I accomplished something that I don't ordinarily do. I'm known to bake cakes and cookies from time to time, but I rarely ever cook meals and today I made a casserole. My very first. I felt quite proud of myself. But, after lunch I fell victim to grogginess and felt like maybe I had an excuse to not do anything today since I wasn't feeling well. Well, we know you either make progress or excuses. And I didn't want to make excuses. Having lost weight this week and made so much progress in all areas, I didn't want to backslide. So, I took some cold medicine and made a point of remotivating myself. Making a change in what I would ordinarily do. There's a quote I like:

"One reason that people resist change is that they focus on what they have to give up, rather than what they have to GAIN." -Rick Godwin

And I think that's an important thing to think about, particularly when it comes to the weight loss journey. There is so much to gain from a switch to a healthy lifestyle that you have to switch your focus of off what you are 'giving up' when you ditch your unhealthy habits and instead emphasize how much you are gaining and it doesn't seem like such a punishment. One of the things I've gained is being able to RUN across the back yard with the dog, chasing after birds. I couldn't even think about doing that a few months ago. And that's such a small thing, but it's meaningful to me.

And when it comes to making these changes in our lives, we have some important questions we need to start asking ourselves. I think this article perfectly maps it all out:

www.mindbodygreen.com/0-
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GRAMPIAN 8/29/2014 6:02AM

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WHITEANGEL4 6/29/2014 9:51PM

    Thnks for sharing with us

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223DAISY 6/21/2014 9:42AM

    Thanks for the motivation today!

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MAYBER 5/23/2014 9:12PM

    Needed this have trouble staying motivated
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    Hugs

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    So right! Thanks for sharing.

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FREESIA15 5/3/2014 2:10PM

    I love that quote. And good on you for staying motivated! emoticon emoticon

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WOOFERCOALBOY 5/2/2014 8:12PM

    Good questions to think about.

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Keep the positive attitudes and the progress will keep you going!!
Great blog!!

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AMBER461 5/1/2014 8:22PM

  Very interested blog. Thanks for sharing.

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JERICHO1991 5/1/2014 7:44PM

    Keep motivated!

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JSEATTLE 5/1/2014 3:10PM

  Motivation, or lack thereof, is so often the key. Thank you for sharing the article.

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NONNAOF2 5/1/2014 2:03PM

  Thanks for sharing! :-)

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SUSIEMT 5/1/2014 11:41AM

    I really liked that quote from Rick Godwin. I had to change my mindset when I joined Spark. I had decided I knew nothing since I had been a failure at weight loss my entire life and had to change something. That something was deciding to follow the experts (spark coaches) advice to see where it would lead me. It led me to 164 lbs lost (give or take 3 lbs on any given day)!

When you said "There is so much to gain from a switch to a healthy lifestyle that you have to switch your focus of off what you are 'giving up' when you ditch your unhealthy habits and instead emphasize how much you are gaining and it doesn't seem like such a punishment." that resonated with me!

I not only lost lbs but that fat girl that was stuck in my brain. I can now do anything I set my mind to. I may not always be successful at some things but I keep trying or find a way to accomplish the task at hand. Thank you for writing such a good blog!



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PROPMAN1 5/1/2014 10:27AM

  Well said!! Thanks for sharing. :)

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PYNETREE 5/1/2014 8:32AM

    Thanks for sharing! I think that poster of secrets of successful dieters, is something we all need to look at once or twice, on our healthy lifestyle journey.

Wishing you Strength!

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DELLMEL 5/1/2014 8:06AM

  Great blog. Well said.

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MAMALUNATIC 4/30/2014 10:49PM

  Well said. I frequently struggle with motivation. I will be on fire for two or three days and then sink back down. I am fighting a cold and spent today giving into my
"I'm just not feeling well and don't want to do anything except sleep" feeling. I want to get back on track tomorrow and continue to move forward. Today felt like two giant steps backwards. I try to make myself remember a quote I heard somewhere which simply states "If it is to be then it is up to me". The struggle continues. emoticon

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NYANZALYNNRILEY 4/30/2014 10:43PM

  This was a great post, it helped me renew my inner spirit for my continued journey. The attached article was equally empowering. Keep it up! I need to read more. NLR

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WORDLILY 4/30/2014 8:01PM

    Great blog post! We've all got to stay motivated.

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MJEFFERSON23 4/30/2014 7:08PM

  Very good points, you've learned a lot and are practicing what you preach! emoticon

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MOMMY445 4/30/2014 6:52PM

    so well said

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_RANDY_ 4/30/2014 2:52PM

    so many wonderful points in your blog!

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MARTHASKI 4/30/2014 1:52PM

    Well put! My motivation is the thing I struggle with the most. Sometimes I'm on fire, other times I have to really dig. Thanks for sharing this!

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FABISERVANTES83 4/30/2014 12:44PM

    I really enjoyed reading this blog; it motivated me to continue putting me first. Since April 12th I've been very cautious of what I'm eating and how I'm eating and I've seen results. But every now and then it's nice to hear that I'm not the only one.

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MAINEALI 4/30/2014 11:55AM

    Thanks for this post. I never thought of motivation as something that needs to be refreshed. That's probably why I've quit before. Thank you so much!

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VANGO79 4/30/2014 11:46AM

    Thanks for sharing! Great blog emoticon

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ASTRA58 4/30/2014 10:26AM

    Great motivation! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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DENISENTEXAS 4/30/2014 10:15AM

    Great blog entry. :)

Keeping myself motivated is difficult. Most days I do well but some days, meh, no so much! I think I need to improve my slideshow a bit and follow your idea of using that. I also need to continue to take my 15 minutes each morning to just sit and ponder the day ahead. Being in a rush leads to a very unmotivated Denise!

I like MindBodyGreen but hadn't seen that article. Thank you!

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HAWKSBABY1 4/30/2014 9:42AM

    Well Said ~~ Thanks for sharing.

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  Very well said. You are so motivating! emoticon

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KAMMYJO3 4/30/2014 7:04AM

    I loved your blog!!! Thanks for sharing! You are so right when you said motivation needs to keep being refreshed! Somedays I find that harder than others. But it is one of the top things that keeps me going!

Thanks!

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FALLNTENN 4/30/2014 4:53AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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