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Friday, August 08, 2014

So far, things have gone far better than I expected. My mobility has improved greatly and I have been working out and watching my intake consistently. I will post something more detailed a little later as well as observations and such. Here is one such observation that hit me this morning and pretty much sums it up. What you are about to read is a very condensed version of all that i have learned in the last 6 years of my journey when it comes to motivation.

Here is your thought for the day.


I get asked all the time " what do I do to get motivated?, I just don't feel like it"

I have learned that motivation is only a spark, it's habit that keeps you anchored in a healthy lifestyle. The good feelings come from doing what you know you should be doing, not motivation. The bad feelings come from living in opposition to what you feel in your heart you should be doing. You want the good feelings? Commit in spite of how you feel. Want motivation?, look in the mirror and think of all the reasons why you don't want to be tied to a needle, an oxygen tank, or a wheelchair when you're 70, then refuse to surrender your mobility to convenience, and proceed to get off your butt.

Anything less than this means you love your comfort zone more than your future.

if you analyze this, what starts off as mental contemplation then becomes a verb and verbs are the prerequisite to success. It isn't a noun (person, place, or thing) and it isn't an adjective (anything that describes).

Rinse, lather, repeat.... It's just that simple.

You're welcome.

- Author, ME



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MRSRIGS1 8/22/2014 2:29PM

    That's my motto!

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MCJULIEO 8/22/2014 10:02AM

    True dat...

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DOTTY7267 8/20/2014 10:23AM

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YA_YAYA 8/17/2014 10:35PM

    Nike didn't come up with the "Just Do It" campaign for no reason. Motivation is intrinsic, there is no secret, you just have to do what's going to get you to achieve your goals and avoid the little devil on your shoulder holding you back! Thanks for the great, straight forward blog.

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PENOWOK 8/14/2014 2:02PM

    Agreed, motivation varies from person to person...whatever it takes to get you moving and eating better!!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 8/11/2014 7:05AM

    "The good feelings come from doing what you know you should be doing, not motivation."
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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/11/2014 2:02AM

    You said:
"The good feelings come from doing what you know you should be doing, not motivation. The bad feelings come from living in opposition to what you feel in your heart you should be doing. You want the good feelings? Commit in spite of how you feel."

and POW! Sock it right in the middle of my head! WOW. I hadn't thought of it in that way before. Applies to other things I know I need to be doing...

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Julia

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WRITERWANNAB 8/11/2014 1:38AM

    Bravo! Keep on keepin' on! emoticon

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1STBUCKETITEM 8/10/2014 12:06AM

  emoticon You struck a chord on this one... Thanks for giving me "pause" to think about "motivation" and "habit" from a different perspective. I've kept some your words in my journal to give me a boost and inspiration to "proceed to get off my (your )butt." I really needed a kick and you gave it to me! emoticon emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/9/2014 7:30PM

    This is a terrific blog! I agree, instilling the habits helps. Motivation is a fleeting thing. I often don't want to go run but it is what I do so I make it happen. And I am always glad that I did. I think that people don't realize that motivation isn't what makes it happen...it might help in getting started but isn't always going to be there.

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MAYBER 8/9/2014 7:11PM

    Thank you for the motivation will make it a habit one day at a time
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LIVELYGIRL2 8/9/2014 5:44PM

  Good concept Robert. I hope you get to enjoy some of your time off, in spite of the reason for it.

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DALID414 8/9/2014 5:43PM

    emoticon rinse, lather, repeat. Love that!

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PATRICIAANN46 8/9/2014 3:59PM

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WATERMELLEN 8/9/2014 2:58PM

    Great blog! When it comes to motivation, for me, I no longer expect to be "motivated" before I do whatever it is that I need to do. Motivation is "after acquired" . . . after I do it anyhow!

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MARYJEANSL 8/9/2014 2:50PM

  Well said.

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JSEATTLE 8/9/2014 2:44PM

  Thanks! I totally agree with you.

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NONNAOF2 8/9/2014 1:01PM

  I couldn't agree with you more! :-)

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DIANNEMT 8/9/2014 12:17PM

    Yep--I don't always feel like working out but, unless I am sick or hurt, I do SOMETHING.

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CICELY360 8/9/2014 12:07PM

  good blog

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SUSIEMT 8/9/2014 11:20AM

    Robert you are dead-on! As I recall from my own experience I had given up on dieting and exercising due to my past failures. I could not face yet another failure! Magically an e-mail appeared from sparkpeople that caught my attention. Just the word spark was all it took. I love sparkles so was immediately intrigued. The rest is history as they say. It was those wonderful nutrition articles that convinced me that making small changes would make a difference. Those habits made early did make the difference for me. Thank you for another wonderful reminder!

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  emoticon Motivation and habit make a good combination!

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WATERDIAMONDS 8/9/2014 9:26AM

    "Anything less than this means you love your comfort zone more than your future."

Well HECK!

Thanks for the great dose of absolute reality.

Glad you are on your way to recovery!


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JERICHO1991 8/9/2014 9:22AM

    Thanks.

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DJSHIP46 8/9/2014 9:20AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SHARON7464 8/9/2014 9:19AM

    After Incurring a back injury and finding it difficult to walk let alone run..it has taken some time to get back in the swing. That being said, I have begun to run again since January. I make my mileage commitment on Facebook the last three months and have found that I won't skip a day because of it.

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SDEHNKE 8/9/2014 9:16AM

    emoticon Right on!

Suellen

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GARDENCHRIS 8/9/2014 8:57AM

    glad to hear you are improving , enjoy the time.

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TINAJANE76 8/9/2014 7:48AM

    So happy to hear that your recovery is going well, Robert, and I think you're absolutely right about looking ahead to what our future could be like to help us stay motivated.

I think we all have our individual moments of clarity that jolt us into action or bring our motivation to the next level. For me it's been seeing a number of older relatives suffer through long-term, chronic health problems that could have been greatly minimized or avoided altogether if they had taken better care of themselves beginning when they were younger. My dad has been overweight or obese since his early 30s, has eaten poorly his whole life and has never gotten consistent exercise. He's also a Type 1 Diabetic who has never managed it properly. He lived for many years without any serious problems, but once he hit 60, they started rushing in. First, his relatively minor aches and pains started becoming more than inconveniences, but physically debilitating. Then he developed cataracts. Then he started losing sensation in different parts of his body. Then he had a heart attack. Then he had to have quadruple bypass surgery. Then he had complications from the surgery, including pneumonia, and has had to have his chest drained of fluids several times. On top of all this, his blood sugar levels are consistently appalling, fueled by the fact that he continues to make the worst possible food choices for a diabetic with heart disease. You'd think all of this would be an eye opener for him to make some changes, right? Wrong. Minimal effort at best, at first and now he's gone back to how he had been eating (very badly) and exercising (he hadn't been) before all of his problems began. And he still can't get himself into a routine to manage his diabetes!

All of this has happened over the course of just a few short years and I foresee that he'll spend the rest of his life in and out of doctor's offices, the hospital, on unpleasant medications with nasty side effects and with a seriously diminished quality of life. He's still only 65 and this could go on for many more years. It's awful to watch him go through all of this and even more awful that he doesn't seem to care enough to at least make an effort to do more about it while he still can. The only upside is that it's made me even more determined to stay the course, keep my weight in check, keep active and try to be as healthy as I can reasonably be. My dad's situation will not be mine 27 years down the road and I'm going to do whatever's within my control to make sure of that.

Sorry to clog up so much space on your blog, but this obviously hit a nerve with me. Thanks for sharing your journey so openly with us so we can all benefit from the wisdom you're acquiring. You're such a wonderful inspiration for so many, Robert, and I hope your recovery continues to go well.
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CHERYLHURT 8/9/2014 7:07AM

  Love it!

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SHERYLP461 8/9/2014 6:55AM

    thanks

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MOBYCARP 8/9/2014 5:21AM

    Yep. Motivation comes, motivation goes. The secret to maintaining is to manage to do what needs doing even in periods of low motivation.

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JAMER123 8/9/2014 12:34AM

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We certainly don't want to give up our mobility but some don't have the choices. I for one will fight staying mobile as it is up to me. Thanks for a great blog!

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GABY1948 8/8/2014 6:42PM

    WOW, emoticon blog! It says it ALL...none of us wants to give up our mobility and anything like it! I wish I had known all this when I was far younger! I know I would have had many more years like I am not but I will certainly take it now...all I can ger and it's up to me!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/8/2014 6:39PM

    Spark on! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/8/2014 6:14PM

    Glad you're recuperating. Have a great weekend.

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