Working Through It

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I've been challenged lately to stick with my fitness program. My motivation has been non-existent, and that negative voice in my head is trying to undermine me. I'm working on pulling through, but it's been really, really tough.

This happens every time I get on a fitness program, by the way. I'll start off gangbusters, and then I just peter out. Then I start thinking about what a loser I am, how I can't do anything right, yada yada yada. And I regain the weight I lost. The end.

This time, though, something is different. Oh, I'm still struggling. I had chips and salsa and Oreo cookies for dinner last night. But each morning I'm waking up and still feeling as though I'm on my program. I still eat my same healthy breakfast and my same healthy lunch. When weather permits, I'm still going out and taking walks. And that voice? It's still fairly quiet.

It occurred to me as I fell into this familiar pattern of losing my motivation that I had a choice: I could let myself fail again or I could fight. I could stop following my program or I could try my best to muddle through. And it also occurred to me that if I can just get work through it this time and get to the other side, these challenging spells will never get the best of me again.

So I'm fighting with all my might to work through it. I haven't lost a pound in weeks; in fact, I've gained a couple. But I'm still fighting. And because I'm still fighting, I'm already a winner. My fight won't ever be over, but my opponent will never have the same strength over me. And (to continue this metaphor) the next time the fight won't be so hard, because I'll know that I've already beat it once. I'll never lose again.
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    You will succeed... you are on the right track.. stick with it..
    3850 days ago
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    You are already a winner. Make sure you say that to yourself every day. It really is the fight (and working through it) that makes a difference and look at you go. emoticon
    3850 days ago
    I love quotes...I hope you do as well because I searched for some that might help you out!!
    (1) “Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.” ~Napoleon Hill~
    (2) “Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.” ~Anonymous~
    (3) “A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.” ~Pat Riley~
    (4) Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.” ~Mary Ann radmacher~
    (5) “You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions.” ~Adlin Sinclair~

    number 1 is self explanatory- and I am sure Edison swore quite a bit and got down on himself somewhere in all of those tries!!
    In regards to number 2 and 3, if you haven't seen it already I highly recommend watching the Blind Side. In essence, everyone just assumed that because Michael could play football well that he would. When he got onto the field they found out that in order to be motivated to play well his protective instinct had to be activated (he had to think of the team as his family). He didn't care that he possessed the raw talent and he didn't give a darn about winning. Perhaps you need to think about other motivations besides the drop in the scale? Make a vision collage. If you've already made one make a new one! Find pictures that represent more than just the weight loss aspect of a healthy lifestyle. If you haven't set goals set them-and not just ones revolving around pounds! If you've set them re-examine them and see if they need tweaking. If you aren't logging food and exercise every day do it every day for a month. Not only will this make it a habit but it will allow you to truly examine the caloric intake/outtake portion of your healthy lifestyle and tweak, adjust or completely re-do it.
    You are doing the right thing by telling that negative inner voice to shut the heck up. You wouldn't talk to a friend that way so why should you allow yourself to talk to you like that?!
    As number 4 implies, it takes courage to admit that you are on the wrong path and decide that you will pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again tomorrow. I know you are on the right path because you know you need to make changes and you are ready willing and able to do so.

    and on the days you don't feel like eating healthy, thinking positive or exercising just remember the Nike commercial advice "JUST DO IT!" If you push through the tough times and just do it you will (re) establish good habits...and when that fails remember the "Friends" theme song "I'll be there for you". Any one of your spark friends on here, including me, will be here for you so use us! When you are feeling down on yourself send any one of us a message. Let us talk you through it!

    You may have fallen down but I know you are the weight loss terminator- YOU'LL BE BACK!!!- emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3851 days ago
    Keep going! Chalk up the oreos and chips & salsa to a day in the past - can't change it but you can change your choices today and tomorrow. Just remember what you are doing for yourself and even the hard days are worth it!
    3851 days ago
    Good blog! Just hang in will be so proud of yourself when you get through this low spot!
    3851 days ago
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    I love your blog! You're so right!

    And that's the difference when its a lifestyle change. Its forever. Even when you eat something you shouldn't it doesn't mean its game over. Its back to the healthy living as soon as you can.

    As long as you keep pushing you will do it. You will lose the weight you want and then keep it off and be healthy and active.
    3851 days ago
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