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PEGGLES1022
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I say that all the time but I just can't keep stepping. I have a few good days then lose it. I am so tired of it all. I just got over a tweaked back will begin walking tomorrow till next tweak, back, knee, hip, shoulders...



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I pray and remember how close I am to reaching my smaller goals.



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When I start to feel unmotivated, I find a new way to challenge myself or set some kind of goal to help me get my spark back! Something like sign up for a race, try a new exercise class, set a goal of going a certain number of miles or doing a certain number of minutes within a specific time frame. I also find that uplifting music is a big pick-me-up for me!

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I have lost that mojo for awhile too. An injury has set me back a bit, but now that I am feeling better, jumped back in to tracking nutrition. That seems to help me, something about those calories going in makes me want to burn some of them off. But this is tricky as you have to ease back in to exercising and it is where SP really helps. There are so many resources for exercising with limitations. pick 1, 2, 3 whatever, crank up that melatonin production. emoticon



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Go back and reread old journal entries of when I was doing well and when I was not. I show myself that I really am much happier when following this plan.

Read all the success articles and message boards to inspire me.

Make simple challenges to myself like drink water, eat a certain number of fruits/ veggies or walk 10 minutes. I feel so good about those small changes and I quickly want to go back to the bigger ones.



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When I am losing my motivation, I know I need to try something new. I am always enthusiastic when I start something, but after a few months this tends to wane. I am going to try cycling again, and some stair climbing.

I also find it helpful to make some goals and tell people about them. I'm always better off if someone besides just myself holds me accountable to my goals (and, yes, this is quite far out of my comfort zone, but it works!) You can talk to people or post your goals on your SP page or share them with your SP team, or all three.

Edited by: JMOUSE99 at: 5/31/2013 (10:13)
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I start listening to my "go to" music: Eye of the Tiger, We're Not Gonna Take It, Livin' on a Prayer, Enter Sandman, etc. After a little head bangin' I'm ready to move....walk, run, jumping jacks, anything! Good luck!!!



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Is there anyone of us that hasn't been there with you? I doubt it. I heard someone say once, "If you are down in the mud, the only place to get up from is the mud." How many of us berate ourselves for getting in the mud? Stay in the mud and feel sorry for ourselves or get out of it and start loving ourselves again. Wouldn't it be great if we got stuck and learned what caused it and never do it again? That isn't life. Learning to pick ourselves up and I believe, most of all, learning to love ourselves more is what I believe works. I usually do to much for others and put myself last and then I am too tired to do what makes ME feel good. I laughed once when I saw a quote," I exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I am doing." That works for me. I feel soooooo much better when I go for a walk or do yoga or strength gaining. I also feel great when I sitting around ,drinking coffee, reading a book and watching the birds. I would much rather do just that, but I also know life is about balance and I can do nothing and feel sorry for myself and be a victim of my own creation which will change nothing. I have been unmotivated and stuck for months , but the only way out is to refuse to stay stuck.I am trying to not look at doing good things for myself as a chore or struggle or something I have to do. I want to love myself more, fill my life with joy and happiness for myself and others.
Perhaps instead of "one more step on a long journey" which sounds like a struggle you could change it to ," Joyful steps on the an adventure of a lifetime!"



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Pick myself up and move forward one step at a time emoticon



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5/31/13 8:25 A

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I too have lost my motivation. im sure there are several reasons: not enough sleep, overtaxing myself (read: too much on my plate!), major life changes (kids leaving....). but two days ago, i started again. Oh i have half A**ed exercised and watched but obviously not enough. I gained back about 12 lbs of the hard earned loss from a year ago. so now i just have to find it again. so ill work on the elliptical for 5 or 10 minutes at a time. ill make sure i drink enough water, a cup at a time, and ill put down what i put into my face.....
its the only way. but ill be okay and ill get back on track a little at a time. coming here, blogging and talking to others every day, and holding myself accountable for things is a start...

we'll all make it, a little at a time.....

Onward!!

Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves. - Henri Frederic Amiel

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Thanks for your words of inspiration. I have really been struggling with lack of motiviation. I will read the artical you suggested.

How can life get any better?


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I actually just read an article on this website about the mind games that we play with ourselves to be motivated and how they just don't work, along with some things to try instead. I've marked it in my favorites because it really struck me. I am definitely going to try some if not ALL of the things I read in this article! http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_articles.asp?id=1676

Motivation is so hard because it comes within. But with every action their is a re-action. If we do one little thing (eat some blueberries instead of a donut or walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator) that in itself is it's own victory. Just think, before, the donut was ALWAYS the better choice. The stairs we're just horrible. Now you took the extra 5 seconds to climb those stairs and you should praise yourself from staying away from the junk food and opting for something more wholesome. I am always more motivated when I'm getting praise. I am never motivated when I am being yelled at (especially by myself!). I find myself losing motivation when I tell myself that I'm fat, or ugly, or I don't need to lose weight because I just don't care about myself. Now I'm trying to talk nicer to myself and celebrate all of the little things that I do, as well as the big things.

Today I woke up and took myself to physical therapy even though I was so tired I didn't want to get out of bed all day. (YAY ME!) I hung out with my friends in the sunshine and even ran around a little bit with their rugrats even though I could have spent all day on the couch watching Jerry Springer. (HOORA!) I helped my friend carry her baby stuff around which before I would never think of doing...(especially up 3 flights of stairs!) And the most motivation thing of all I did today was I turned down a wendy's chocolate frosty AND a sonic slushie!!! I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF!!!!! Wow! I did so much today! And if I can continue to do little things like that everyday, just imagine where I'll be! Happy, Motivated, Healthy, In-shape and 20lbs lighter! I can do this! You can do this! ANYONE can do this!!! emoticon



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Usually I try to realize what's actually stressing me out-- it's not really my health plan, it's work, or personal issues, things like that. When I examine the cause of the stress, I put it in its place.



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Congratulations for dropping below 200!!

When my enthusiasm ebbs, it usually means I need to change something, or several somethings--fresh music to listen to, a different route, maybe even a brand new pair of socks. (This week, I bought a new running shorts, and they really did make today's run easier!) Sleep is also critical--I don't function well at all on little sleep.

But perfection is the enemy of good...it's important to just go walk or run or pick up weights whether I feel like it or not. It always feels better to have exercised and eaten healthfully!

Edited by: AGILECAT at: 5/30/2013 (17:38)
Eat to fuel your body, instead of working out to offset calorie consumption.

Courage comes from the Old French for "heart". To be courageous literally means to do something heart-felt.


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Thank you so much for your comments. I to was at that place and although I have lost alot of weight I am currently having trouble motivating myself. Your comment has made me realize why I started this lifestyle change and given me some powerful thoughts. Again thank you for re-motivating me.



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5/30/13 8:07 A

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Read SP inspirational stories and mantras.
Get up and go do it anyway.

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Read blogs like this to help reignite that sparke within

I'm not where I want to be, But I'm not where I was.



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I commit to just reaching one of my daily goals and ride it out if my motivation is lost for a couple weeks. If my motivation doesn't return within those weeks, I seek support from family, friends, and read motivational literature/read SP site motivational stories, etc. My final support resort is my healthy program coordinator.

Oh, another thing that works is trying some of the stress busters. That usually works for me, also. I start to feel better and then get motivated to move.

Know ye that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. 1 Cor 3:16


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I think of where I started and where I am at now. I also read other people's posts to get motivated.


Teresa

“Every choice you make has an end result.” ~Zig Ziglar

“Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~George Bernard Shaw

“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” ~Carol Welch





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Look back on what I have done but it is good to have a rest from time to time.


How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.

Join the 10 minute challenge and get exercising.

See what you are made of by joining the 100 day challenge.

Links on my Spark page.

Don't forget to make your workout fun so as not to get bored with it.

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See trevcannon.blogspot.co.uk/


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I have a nap (food and overeating is so much more tempting when one is tired). Also, I act as if I have motivation. The motivation then actually comes.

Remember, fake it til you make it!

cj

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Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain.
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Read motivational quotes and articles. I also try to get moving. Once I am up and about it helps things come back into focus for me.

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows, like a shadow that never leaves." ~ Buddha


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I just have to remember the picture my mother in law has of me where I weighed at least 60 lbs more than I do now, and remember the shock I got when I reallized the fat lady in the picture, who I didn't even recognize, was me.

It goes on so quick. And it takes so so long to come back off. I do not want to be in a place ever again where I am so fat I don't recognize myself anymore.



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I have an app called My Diet Coach ($1 on iPhone) and I love it. They give you motivotional sayings, tip reminders (example to 'eat slowly') and you can add your own motivational pictures. Support groups on here and Facebook are great too. :)



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Talking to my daughter. She is my biggest supporter and motivation



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I participate in a message board of people on facebook dedicated to working out and eating healthy. They have become like family and help me to keep pushing myself and improving myself. Anytime my motivation is low, I post about it and they help me pick myself back up. Also, using message boards like these to know we're all not alone are truly uplifting!



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I am in a bit of a slump right now. Going through a divorce and seems like I am having to really work at keeping myself a priority.

Will use some of the tips given here. Especially.... one step, meal and bite at a time. Make the choices as they come. Plan the workouts into my schedule.

Nancy-McHenry Illinois

You're on your own, and you know what you know, and You are the one who'll decide where to go....

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When I lose motivation, I normally look at hideous old pics of myself and how awful that feels. Sometimes we become accustomed to the new "me" and don't realize what a slippery slope it is that leads us right back into the ugly zone.

I hate having a fat face, so I always remind myself how awful I look when I'm heavy or at my heaviest. It puts me right off anything I'd otherwise wanted.

And also looking at how fat you've come - looking at yourself in the mirror, admiring what's changed and how hard you've worked for it.

Is it worth starting all over again? The agony of being in that place again where you've got that mountain to climb from scratch?

You're halfway up the mountain - you fall down on purpose, because you are the one who will allow yourself to fall down, not anyone else.

So you will climb the mountain again - but had you stuck it out when the going got tough you would have already reached your goal - because technically you've climbed halfway up the mountain twice = whole mountain. But you're still halfway up - isn't that infuriating?

Putting all the effort in, and still being halfway? Isn't that annoying? I would never have a total relapse and gain back even 1kg now - I just can't take it - I have to reach my goal - once there you can adjust your goals accordingly.


When it's nearing bedtime, I always feel it's a blessing because if you're creating a good deficit for the day, you can guarantee it by going to sleep WITHOUT late night snacking/sabotaging your hard day's work.

Tomorrow's a new day - a clean slate to try your best again.



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Sleep. Usually my motivation slumps big-time when I'm not sleeping well. Get back on my sleep schedule and workouts, meal planning, etc don't seem like such a chore. It usually takes a good 2 or 3 nights to get back in the groove... emoticon

His Grace is Enough (2 Corinthians 12:9)

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Walk

"You're only 1 workout from a good mood."

:)

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I have been on this path for the last 4 days....workouts feel like a chore and carbs are jsut soooo tempting.

I have been meticulous about logging my food today so that is at least controlled. Tomorrow is a new day.....and I am going to start it out with a workout.

Sometimes, you just need to kick yourself in the butt cuz no one is around to do it for you



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I had one of those mornings today. I just didn't ant to get up, didn't want to work out, didn't want to be lol.

I dragged myself out of bed and dragged my sorry butt to the cross trainer. Set it for the 30 mins.

At the 17 minute mark, I hit pause I still was not feeling it. I wanted to cry. Told myself I've come this far so just get to 20 mins. Got to 20 mins and broke it down minute by minute to get to my 30 minutes.

After it did I feel better? Unfortunately not. I'm a grumpy lady today but,,, I did it. Some days its just like that. It's kind of like having to take the really horrible medicine. You know you dislike it, it might want to make you gag, but the results outweigh the moments of blegh.

Some days its a slog through mud and other days its a breeze. Enjoy the breeze days and remember them to get you through the mud slogging days :)



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I also start with a clean slate and log my food so I can at least control that even when I'm not excising.

I'm back in the race baby.


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I log my food and fitness in a journal, as well as online. I write down how I feel about myself and what I've put into, and done with, my body. When I get really discouraged, de-motivated, and just can't get excited about my progress or goals, I buy a brand new journal. It feels like a fresh start...a nice clean slate.



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Read or watch something inspirational about weight loss.

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Thank you for your words.
Very helpful for me. I've been doing well but up comes the limited choices.
Appreciate your words.
Go go go
Marthambg



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I log on to SparkPeople and read some success stories, or blogs about others who are struggling with their motivation. I also think about how I’ll feel later if I haven’t done the work-out or if I ate a lot of unhealthy food that I know I shouldn’t have. By that point, I usually have enough reason not to (even if I’m not terribly excited about making the healthy choice) to work-out or choose the healthier food option. I also try to cut myself some slack and say that this is a harder day for me, so I won’t have to be excited about the weight loss, or be gung ho during my workout...as long as I get it done, that is enough.



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I try something different. I also remind myself that motivation isn't a "thing" really. You don't have to have motivation to go work out. You just have to change your clothes and go do it.

***Vanessa***

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" - Alice from Alice in Wonderland


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When I loose motivation, I check out a new thing. Maybe rent some fitness videos that I have never tried. Look at stories of how people have tranformed thier lives, most with simple steps. I keep focused, just because you get invited to a party does not mean you have to eat everything they have. I go for the heathier snacks, water instead of soda. We all get off track, but you just have to get back!!:]



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I'm coming off a week-long binge - well, not binge, but just a break from it all. I loved reading the responses, and when I'm feeling down, that's one of the things that motivates me. Also, after my week off, my weight didn't change! I'm trying to NOT get on the scale so often, but just focus on eating healthy and moving more. Other things that motivate me - a great walk on a nice day on the positive side, and stopping to realize how much stronger I am and how much more I can do because of my Pilates class. On the negative side, looked at myself in the wall of mirrors in the gym, and trying on clothes I used to be able to wear last summer!

The bottom line is to not berate yourself for it, just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. (as an old song goes)



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5/28/13 7:05 A

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There are times when we've all experienced breakdowns in our efforts--"falling off the wagon" has the advantage of working with nature (called gravity? lol) Sparkpeople can really help, and I've spend a fair amount of time with the tools and the people... especially the people, whenever I can. They're great!

For me, motivation is a lot easier than it used to be, actually... I have medical conditions that respond pretty quickly when i get off track, on nutrition OR on the exercise! Like when my MIL died last month...phew...

I went to one family gathering after a long day being unexpectedly out and about... it was a BBQ--with racks of pork. There were baked beans, but they had pork in them too...Except for bacon, pork literally makes me sick so they pulled out some "all beef hotdogs" which are loaded with sodium... My kidneys took a hit, but I'm diabetic and I couldn't NOT eat--and certainly not all carbs, which is the only other stuff they had there! (That family doesn't know what a veggie is for! Corn on the cob is a grain, folks... and potatoes are a starch...lol )

There was a whole week of that kind of thing, and it didn't seem to matter how much I planned ahead, OPC (other people's cooking!) kept cropping up as the only choice. Pizza was actually a better choice in some cases! LOL

Of course, that was last month and I'm still paying for it now...

Not only am I hurting more from the fibromyalgia and my legs and feet and hands keep swelling up... I caught a cold and have been coughing so badly that I can't meditate or sing for pain relief.

And it all showed up in last week's lab reports too... I've been given a month to get the numbers under control again or... well. I'm not sure where we go from there, but I DON'T want to end up in dialysis!

I'm being VERY careful about food choices at this point (hard to do at the end of the month! lol), and I'm back to doing my physical therapy exercises no matter what so I can get this constant aching under control again...
Pain and illness are things I prefer to avoid! LOL

So much for motivation...and it IS easier too when I'm here with my fellow Sparkers...

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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." Walter P. Chrysler said it, I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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5/28/13 7:00 A

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read sp success stories such as IndyGirl and On2Victory

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When I mess up foodwise, I try not to freak out, I track it and sometimes it works out within range. I Try to remember why I wanted to lose weight to begin with.

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125lbs - go to Six Flags!
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just workout anyways.. it always makes me feel better.. it kicks my butt back in to gear



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I usually exercise with my sisters. They keep me motivated.



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There are many good ideas here and I agree that a bad day or week does not ruin everything. Just start at day one again. With your family health history, your motivation is very similar to REVISEME3's, so I'm sure it would help to look at your husband and children. I found I had to rethink my plan several times before finding what works for me; you may need to do that too. But even though I've found my correct plan, if you checked my ticker daily you'd see that I have to start at day one frequently! It's just part of the normal, real, fallible human condition. emoticon

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ASCHU2 I love your "cheap" reasons. I know those big lofty motivators are in me somewhere too but I admit that more often it's the cheap stuff that gets me off the couch ;)



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My family has been great in helping to keep me motivated and going. That really help push me to get moving with them



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Lots of great suggestions on here! When I feel like I can do nothing else, I get on here and try to rack up Sparkpoints; that usually leads me to some interesting articles, blogs, team huddles, etc. that motivate me.





 
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