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On Keeping the SPARK Alive!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What I think I'm finding out is that it is a bit of a let down in a way when all the BIG weight losses are made and all one has in the future are itty-bitty losses which seem to take TREMENDOUS efforts and persistence to accomplish!

I find it can be helpful to take time to stop and remind myself of all the pay-offs I continue to enjoy at my hard-fought-for new & improved weight:

---The compliments from others keep rolling in...always such a JOY!
---Ongoing increased mobility and capacity for such a wide range of physical activities, including returning to old favorites such as biking and scheming to tackle new territory such as cross country skiing.
---Freedom from the sugar / carb demon, which I feel I have successfully locked away and battened down the hatches for the rest of my life.
---Improved energy level and animation in my day-to-day life.
---I'm able to wear "normal" sized clothes!
---Good physical health, all vitals within normal limits.

The challenge ahead of me now is...what NEW pay-offs will I be able to enjoy and celebrate as I continue to lose those stubborn pounds closer to my goal weight? What can help to jack my motivation levels up now...?

---Improvements over "all of the above"!
---To feel more comfortable in my own skin, sufficiently accepting of my body to be able to go shirtless publicly.
---Looking foward to biking the Kal-Haven trail with my son in Spring '09. This is a 33 mile trail or 66 mile total! Don't care if we stay overnight at the other end and take a couple of days or hey, maybe succeed in doing it in ONE day...woo hoo!

I'd like to be able to add to this list some other ideas, which are eluding me as yet...so that I can give my motivation enough of a boost to squeeze my food intake down, pick up my fitness activities even more.

Appreciate any feedback, ideas others care to offer!

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    methinks that in this struggle to figure these things out, we find the skills and motivation we will need to also master the "keeping it off" process too :)

    i think it helps to look forward, which you are doing with this blog ~ and to remind ourselves why often until it becomes part of our new/positive thinking & approach.

    i also like to think of this as kind of like beautifying & maintaining our home ~ part of our self-care routine that helps us and makes things better, healthier, happier...

    if we let our house fall into disrepair, not so good, and i do enjoy the planning of the changes to the flower beds, the next time i paint, or next project....

    don't know if this helps... just a few thoughts...
    3550 days ago
    Here are my suggestions, as you have asked in two different blogs for ideas:
    1. Buy the book "Younger Next Year" and read it.
    2. Using what you've learned in that book, sit down and meditate on exactly WHY you want to keep going down in your weight. Write this out and post it somewhere so you can read daily your reasons for continuing your journey.
    3. Write out some new weight goals in smaller increments, such as reaching _____ lbs. by Nov. 1, ____ lbs. by Dec. 1, etc. Then focus on these smaller goals.
    4. Do something different. I would suggest your workouts. Do something nice for yourself (after all, after all your work, you deserve it) and hire a Super Slow trainer and do strength training with the Super Slow protocol. You may see some serious strength gains. Remember, you want to continue building muscle and losing fat.
    5. Ask yourself, are you all you want to be. Good luck on the journey.
    3550 days ago
    Great post, Don! Do you have any ST goals? Measurement goals? I don't remember reading anything about those areas here on your blog. Just a suggestion. I know that the measurement challenge I did awhile back was a great motivator, although as a woman I mostly preferred to see lower numbers, while men might have a different motivation. Looking forward to hearing how your race goes - any plans to do a shorter race or two in advance as practice?

    blessings today
    3551 days ago
    wow, this is a post that i really needed to read right now. i've been "backsliding" a bit! thanks for sharing your lists with us!
    3552 days ago
    I hear you, especially about the big-ticket items seeming more rewarding than the little things. You've got the right attitude, though, and it's motivating to read.

    Sounds like your upcoming bike ride is a pretty motivating factor in your life, and I bet you can make it in one day!

    Good luck this week! emoticon
    3552 days ago
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