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My Location on the Cycle of Motivation

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A few days ago, ONEKIDSMOM put in her blog "The cycle of motivation."

It went like this:
1. Phase one - active rebellion.
2. Phase two - patiently waiting for motivation to kick in.
3. Phase three, highly motivated, actively working.
4. Phase four, success and flying high, living easy and loving it.
5. Phase five, burnout starting, but still on auto pilot.
6. and something snaps, and it's back into phase one.

I've been thinking about this since. Last time through this cycle, phase one lasted about 18 months. Phase two another 8 months. Together they undid the 30 pounds I had previously lost.

I hit phase 3 in early November, and I had lost 16 poundsby the end of the year.

In phase 4 I joined the January jumpstart fitness challenge to give myself some variety and add some strength training to the cardio I was doing. I think I have been in phase 5 the last week or so. I'm feeling burned out. Yesterday and today I've really had to force myself to work out - and it's been hours later than usual. I think I'm a hairsbreath away from open rebellion.

Knowing it's a cycle of phases is very helpful. I hope I can keep the phases 1 & 2 VERY short this time. I'm trying to complete the January Challenge so I don't lose my chance to win a prize that it is VERY unlikely that I'd win anyway due to the number of people involved. Lol. I'm a type A who likes to cross things off my list by finishing them, not by quitting. Leaving things unfinished disturbs my mind! So, I'll probably keep forcing my exercise through February 2nd.

What can you suggest for FUN exercise - especially if it doesn't include much financial outlay? Maybe I'll find something new to try that I will love. I love the way I feel AFTER I work out. Who knows, if I find a fun exercise, I might skip phases 1 & 2 altogether! That would be great!!!!

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    Wow, I have never seen this cycle, but it certainly makes sense. I am a Type A also, and I spend a lot of time in Phases 3-4, but Phase 5 comes in a nanosecond and then it's back to Phase 1 for an extended period of time.

    This is very useful to me -- hopefully I can learn to NOT be a perfectionist in stages 3-4, thus allowing me to sustain them indefinitely.

    I think you are doing great!~ My favorite activity that doesn't feel like exercise is hiking. Having snacks and lunch in the backpack, getting out into nature -- for me, it doesn't get any better than that!
    1917 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I think January and February are hard months. I find myself dragging to go the gym. I also have to talk myself out of cutting the workout short.

    I like dance tapes for fun. There are all sorts of tapes..even Hawaiian workout tapes.

    I hope you feel better and that if you do hit Phase 1, it is short. I was on Phase 1 for a couple of years also in the past and regained my wieght. I am staying in Phase 4 for now.

    Good luck to you! emoticon
    1918 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    I can rapidly cycle through those stages of motivation in just a few days, but I always return to Phase III.

    My favorite fun exercise is dancing: in the pool, Zumba, ballroom, disco, anything. If it's got a beat and you can dance to it, you can forget you're "exercising" and it doesn't have to be a class or a formal set. It can be as simple as putting in an old song and moving to the music. Practically free and fun!

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    1919 days ago
    Love this cycle of motivation concept: it's very familiar to me and all of us, I suspect, who struggle to maintain.

    Fave exercise for me in winter is xc skiing: love it love it love it.

    Ballroom dance is great exercise -- DH and I have taken many series of classes (although not currently). Would that be fun?
    1919 days ago
    Thanks for posting the Cycle of Motivation. I had it stored somewhere, and am glad to have found it here!
    1919 days ago
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