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Where did my motivation go?

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I have been doing some soul-searching to try and figure out why my success has basically stalled. I am happy that I am more or less maintaining, but not happy that I can't seem to make progress towards my goal of a healthy BMI.

The problem is that the urgency is gone - I have clothes that now fit me pretty well - I can wear regular jeans with a button and zipper, tuck shirts in, and not look too bad. My BP is down and I have more energy than when I started. Many well-meaning people are effusive in their praise and are telling me that I shouldn't lose any more weight....so I end up having a little treat here, and a little treat there... what a slippery slope!

I can't lose sight of the fact that I want to be as healthy as possible - and that means getting to a healthy BMI. And I really do want to get rid of those remaining rolls of fat! I was cleaning out my drawers the other day, and came across a nice belt that I used to wear when I was at my lightest. I tried it on, and it needs about another inch before I can wear it. So, that is now my motivation - I have laid it in a prominent spot in my drawer, so that I see it every day.
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    Hi Dianne! I'm just stopping in to say 'Hi!' to my Methodist, Giants & Yankees buddy! I hear you about the motivational issues. I am right there with you, sister... Clothing is starting to fall off me, but the scale *sticks* at 199... The "Oh my GOSH, don't lose too much more weight" thing from well-meaning friends is SO annoying. It's all too often very very frustrating, but I know that it's only a matter of time until the fat/muscle weight displacement evens out, and the pounds begin to fall off a little more regularly! Every time I get discouraged, I say, "just do it right for one more day" and that helps a lot. Taking the complete lifestyle change day by day helps! Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was my butt. So, as each block of 3500 extra calories burned results in a loss of 1 pound, I'm sticking with it. Diet has the word "die" in it; that's got to be more than just a coincidence. It took believing that I had ended, permanently, the cycle of dieting to understand that true health comes from the daily, positive, permanent shift in your lifestyle. Have a wonderful Easter and God Bless! :)
    4360 days ago
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    Oh yeah, the "I've made progress" stall...... I was listening to a podcast (can't remember which one) and they were talking about two types of motivation: "away from" and "away to". Sometimes when we lose that sense of urgency we have to find new things to motivate ourselves. Sounds like you did that with the belt. Best wishes!
    4363 days ago
    Hi there You will do it just keep trying. The belt is an excellent idea and should work for you. Keep up the motivation and stop by my page and let me know how you are doing. God Bless Starr
    4363 days ago
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