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Support versus Motivation

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I was sitting trying to figure out how I was going to write about this topic. It has to do with motivation about weight loss and how we put ourselves through the paces of trying to lose weight only to have something stop us in our tracks and derail us from our program. If you are like me you have said time and time again; “I’m going to do it this time.” Well I believe we all start out with good intentions to do what we say we are going to do; besides; it’s to our benefit to keep our word; right?

Well this is the issue, I was talking to a friend the other day and I causally mentioned that I needed to lose 75 pounds; well; when I said it out loud, I was feeling good about it because I have ultimately lost 25 pounds from June 2012 to present; slow but steady; and yes, I say again, I’m feeling real good about it. And then….out the blue the friend states; “you getting ready to have the surgery!” Well at that moment, my moment of motivation completely left my being. I replied I have no intention on having any surgery; I didn’t have surgery to put on the weight. Don’t get me wrong, if surgery is needed for some then that’s what it takes; sometimes it’s necessary; it’s just at this point; that in not my path.

My point is; regardless what comes your way you have to be motivated about your decisions in life. True it is good to have a support system, someone in your corner to motivate you through tough times; but let’s face it; that is not always the case. I know we have each other here in this forum but in a physical context; we sometimes stand alone and we must prepare ourselves for that truth. It’s difficult to find a workout buddy that can keep you motivated all the time; so we must do it for ourselves. I am motivated to lose 75 pounds; that is my goal and I can only take it one day at a time. I want so bad to be able to say a year from now; see, I did it! But it’s all up to me; I’ve got to put in the hard work daily, I’ve got to make wise nutrition and exercise decision. I have to get up and do it even when I don’t feel like it. I got to find the time in my busy schedule, working two jobs and going to school; it will be tough; but it’s all about me. I am important to me and if I don’t do it for myself it will not be done!

So yes, I’m still motivated and yes I realize that it will be difficult and I will have set backs; I’ll deal with them as they arise. I encourage you to do the same and if you need someone to talk to or just vent; don’t hesitate to hit me up. We are in a club of millions and we need positive support if and when we can get it. So my first stop is “Onederlnad;”12 pounds to go! I know it can be done; there are so many success stories right here in this medium and I want to be one of them as well.

Until next time!
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    I agree with you. I keep getting my friends telling me I'm getting too skinny and should see a doctor. You have to be motivated. Thank you for sharing.
    2326 days ago
    It's important not to let those random comments of our friends derail us. They usually mean well and good friends will try to encourage and not discourage, but, as you point out, ultimately the motivation has to come from within!
    2340 days ago
    Just keep Sparkin'!!
    2340 days ago
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    2341 days ago
    Thank you. I really needed to read this today. I think it is so important to have self-motivation for your goals (any of them, but weight loss especially) because if you rely on the external motivation it will be too easy to give up when some says something crushing or undesired. Great that you figured that out!!! emoticon
    2341 days ago
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