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How to Keep Going When You are No Longer Motivated

Friday, October 28, 2011


I was very disappointed in my plateau recently for many reasons, but the biggest reason is I realized I wouldn't make my Thanksgiving goal of 30lbs lost. That was SO disappointing! It's not often I set goals like that, and this was the first REAL weight loss goal that I've ever taken seriously, so it hurt...bad....to realize that it just wasn't going to happen.

Usually, I would have given up LONG before that point...of actually having an expectation in myself. Usually, I would NOT have made a loss weight-by-this-date goal to begin with. This time is different.

At first I was SUPER PUMPED about losing weight. My motivation was high. My determination was off the charts (especially for me). I had a goal, and I felt like NOTHING was going to alter my path, because my face was glued to my goal!!!! Nothing was going to divert my attention. Nothing was going to stand in my way. NOTHING.

But then it happened. "The" plateau. I had never experienced one of those before. I had never stuck with a diet long enough TOO experience it before to be honest! I didn't know what was wrong. I felt betrayed by my body. And I couldn't find anyone to help, although I burned the message boards up trying to find a solution. I spent hours googling things like, "What causes a plateau?" or "How to break through a weight loss plateau". For 4 weeks I did not lose a pound, even though I exercised and kept my calories within their limits. In fact, I actually gained a couple of pounds during this time.

Now for someone that has NEVER stuck with a diet this long, my rationale was something along these lines.
"I'm trying and I'm not losing weight. Why keep trying if it's not helping?"
"I started gaining weight when I began exercising more, therefore I should just not exercise."
"Forget it. I'm tired of this."

But I didn't give up. What kept me going when nothing was working, discouragement was HEAVY and I felt betrayed by my own body?

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."

After I quit losing weight, and even now, what keeps me going it HABIT. Habit is when you do something so long that you no longer have to think about it...it's second nature to you. It's just what you do. I'm there.

Counting calories is what I do.
Exercising is what I do.
Working on my diet and health is what I do.

For the first time ever, I really think I'm going to lose weight. I still am having a hard time picturing myself losing as much weight as I want to...it's such a big number. But I do know I will lose 1 more pound. How do I know this? Because I have a habit that says I will keep going...and if I keep going, I will lose. 1. more. pound.

I may lose "1 more pound" all the way to my goal. Habits are awesome helpers and they are helping me, 1 pound at a time.
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