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Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation

Understanding Motivation


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    Hapless victim no longer!!! I WILL do 10 minutes of exercise every day!!! - 12/28/2015 8:42:55 AM
  • I was advised a couple of weeks ago that there is evidence of an old stroke on a cat scan that I had in July. This was confirmed on MRI last week. Doctor told me yesterday that the stroke was caused by hypertension. Needless to say, I've been highly motivated the last couple of weeks and I've brought my blood pressure down to normal range with medicine, diet and exercise. I'm putting sticky notes on my monitor, refrigerator and cabinets with the word "STROKE" in large, bold, capital letters, Perhaps this will serve to keep me motivated when I feel like I'm losing control. - 12/5/2015 4:22:35 PM
  • Being retired - it is so easy to just say "tomorrow I will........" But, as the saying goes, "tomorrow never comes"! So, when I want to wait until tomorrow, I just tell myself to just do it today, while I still have a today!!

    Great article, Dean. Thank you so much for sharing with the rest of us.
    barb - 12/5/2015 1:06:49 PM
  • I really needed the reminder that "being motivated" does NOT mean "never being tempted." I tend to perfectionism, and this was a fabulous check-in with myself. Thank you, SparkPeople. - 11/10/2015 10:56:41 PM
    I needed this! - 11/7/2015 11:55:32 AM
  • IDIC0101
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I lost my motivation when the scale didn't move last week so... But I'm back now! - 10/21/2015 2:54:20 PM
  • Wow this article was just for me. Been beating myself up for both not exercising this week even through the pain and the scale not going down. WELL NO MORE Back on track. - 10/21/2015 2:13:04 PM
    It has been difficult to stay on track. Maintaining the motivation isn't hard just juggling priorities. Today I will get back on track. - 10/20/2015 8:43:49 AM
  • KFORST12
    Starting water exercises today. That should be better with my bad knee, - 10/6/2015 10:40:49 AM
    I couldn't agree more!! Trying to keep yourself motivated while beating yourself up is impossible!! All these articles have been so helpful and empowering. Thank you! - 10/5/2015 9:59:58 AM
    Great article! - 9/14/2015 8:02:41 PM
  • Dean Anderson, thank you. I joined SparkPeople to lose weight (and I am doing that), but am also becoming a better person in the process. Your articles are a key part of my transformation. I appreciate that you lived this and are sharing what you continue to live. - 9/4/2015 10:45:16 AM
  • Thank you Dean Anderson for this article. I woke up depressed and feeling like a failure. You put the spark back in my eyes. I was a hopeless perfectionist before reading this article. Thank you for helping me to see that I can recover from an error in judgement. I feel like I have been given the license to leave yesterday behind and look foward to today. I am in control. Thank you for reminding me that I am in control because before this article I felt powerless. - 4/18/2015 9:08:22 AM
  • Perfectionism is my biggest pitfall.
    If i have to miss a workout for any reason, I beat myself up over it and work doubly hard next time, often resulting in exhaustion or injury.
    So frustrating, not being able to let myself relax now and then and accept that there are just some days when life gets in the way and other things have to take priority.
    The worst of it is my poor husband has to suffer my low mood until I get my next workout in. - 4/12/2015 11:31:02 PM
  • WYATT18
    Just the article this "all or nothing" person needed today!! Thanks so much! - 4/11/2015 7:14:26 AM

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