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The New Thing, the New Swing

Monday, May 11, 2009

I selected this song because it's silly in any language (the words are here if you're interested: www.emilieclairebarlow.c
. The non-English language is Brazilian Portuguese.

But I also selected it because it's different and it shakes things up and that is one of the big ways that I keep myself motivated.

I am, by nature, a rut person. I get something comfortable and I stick with it, long after I've dug a trench in the carpet.

This is not necessarily such an awful thing because, after all, if it keeps me doing right by myself then that's excellent.

But it can get ... dull.

And that's when the trouble starts.

It's the little things first.

* Oh, it's raining out. Can't go for my walk.
* Oh, they put the dressing on the salad instead of the side. I won't bother the server. I'll just eat it this way anyway.
* Oh, I forgot to track my food today. I'll just keep it my head (and then it flies out as a million other things take its place).
* Oh, my sneakers are old. I won't replace them.
* Oh, this old thing used to be big on me. Now it fits again. I'll keep it just in case.
* Oh, this old thing used to fit me. Now it's too small for me.

And on and on and on.

It's very easy to slide down that slope.

But if you shake things up, you get and keep your motivation. How about these internal monologues instead?

* If I hadn't walked today, I wouldn't've seen that hawk.
* I got my cardio planting vegetables today. Can't wait for fresh peas!
* I figured out how to make my own low fat, low salt tomato sauce. Cooking for myself is kinda cool.
* The fishmonger and the butcher and the produce guy all want to help me choose something healthy. They're such nice people.
* The server doesn't mind fixing my salad when I ask nicely. A little extra tip for her doesn't hurt, either.
* I got new sneakers! I'm gonna go break 'em in!
* I bought this top and it seemed like it was made for a child when I first got it. Now it fits!
* My bigger clothes are going to my friends who are also trying to lose weight. I like helping people out.

Here's another way to get and keep motivation: measure yourself as often as you weigh yourself. Don't just rely on the scale for your good news. I personally love numbers and charts and graphs (I'm such a geek) so for me there is really something magical about seeing a graphed slope go down (in a good way, of course). Even for weeks when I haven't lost weight (which includes this one, for those of you keeping score at home), so what? I've lost something like 20" off my belly.

Yeah, you read that right. 2 feet off is coming hard on the heels of that.

That's more fun than any sitting around, and it's tastier than any extra dressing that 'accidentally' got on my salad. That, my friends, is motivation on the rocks, with a twist.

Speaking of a twist, I'm motivated to do a little cardio, which will definitely get my coworkers talking.

Maybe a samba.
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    I totally agree and May mornings in Michigan where I am are beautiful . My walks give me peace with the smell of lilacs and the flowers and trees blooming. I never regret going for a walk once I do it. emoticon
    4272 days ago
    Thank you so much for the motivation. You are so right. If we look at things differently, we can keep a positive attitude and our motivation for this journey.
    4273 days ago
    I am so in a rut. I am the rut Queen LOL. Nice blog, good ideas and motivation. My problem right now is I am so tired and am not even exercising. got to get up and do it! You are doing a great job. Keep it going. Pam
    4275 days ago
    This is a great post for me to read. I did not see the prompt but I really need to learn how to stay motivated. I am addicted to comfort and don't wont to do anything new, but I get bored that way. I guess the answer is don't fix it until it stops working. I'm okay doing the same routine for the most part but when I stop losing weight than I know its time for a change.

    I really appreciate the examples of a new way to think.
    4276 days ago
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    Thanks for the motivation this is good!I get in a rut too at times.Thanks for this.It keeps me thinking positive!!!!!
    4277 days ago
    Thank you so very much. I am in need of motivation and your blog sure did inspire me. I get into ruts also and when I get bored that's when I slide. I'm walking 1.5 miles everyday rain or shine in 30 minutes. That is more than what I was doing 2 months ago. So again, thanks.
    4277 days ago
    Wow, you have so many good ideas. I am a rut person too. It sounds like you are really not letting yourself get trapped there. emoticon
    4277 days ago
    Nice track! Maybe you'd like "Sprout and the Bean" by Joanna Newsom

    I chart my stuff, too. Yours is interesting. A 'distance' chart. I just chart a weight every week, for myself, and my co-workers. It's a colorful roller-coaster chart of hills, valleys, and crossed swords. Ha!

    Well done!

    4277 days ago
    Thanks for the MOTIVATION!!! :) I think I need to climb back out of my rut! :)
    4277 days ago
    I love the song and I love your message. You are doing great!! I just started so I have the beginners motivation helping me along. I'll keep your helpful words in mind when I fall Into that rut!! emoticon
    4277 days ago
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    To keep from getting in a rut I make new challenges for myself. I ride longer or choose a different route for my bike ride. I enter in Bike Runs on Saturdays. Also, I change my Ipod music every couple of weeks.It's working because I am more fit and my endurance is more amazing than it was seven months ago.
    4277 days ago
    20" -- wow!
    I just bought a pair of 29" waist jeans and my old ones are 40" -- numbers like that don't lie! And yours is EVEN MORE impressive (not comparing, mind you).
    I tend to get in ruts too... so I will take your advice to heart!
    4278 days ago
    A "rut person". I like that way of saying it. The familiar, even when not so hot, is easier than changing. I think ruts are so comforting! However, it would be nice to get into a healthy rut for a change!
    4278 days ago
    Many great ideas to keep motivation sparking! You're doing awesome J!
    And I love the song! I've not heard her version before, but heard it performed by João Gilberto - check out the Youtube version with two grown men quacking like a duck - It's hilarious - and they do pull it off!
    4278 days ago
    20 inches??? Wow! I am so impressed. You are doing great and you also have a good sense of who you are and what the most likely traps are for you.
    4278 days ago
    You're doing a great job! I love this blog! I need to work on my motivation all the time.

    Keep up the good work!

    - Karen
    4278 days ago
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