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Sharing Motivation

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A friend of mine is struggling. She told me she is in a funk, causing her to just keep eating.

To help, I gave her a list of non-food related things that I do when I'm in a funk and thinking about straying to the dark side:

1. Go for a walk
2. Talk to a friend
3. Spend some cuddle time with a cat or a dog
4. Read a fitness related magazine (always picks me up and relights my fire)
5. Go shopping for exercise related clothes or accessories (shoes, mat, bag, weights). The brighter the color the better.
6. Listen to happy music-the more uplifting the better.
7. Cheer up someone else--visit a friend, send a happy/funny card to someone in need

Does anyone else have ideas that I can share with her? She is one of the reasons I got my butt back on track last year. She was doing WW, and started Zumba and was doing awesome. Then she lost her way, for various reasons. I'd really like her to know that she is not alone in this battle.

On an unrelated note, Jasper and I ran outside after work yesterday--unplanned but necessary based on the work day I had. Running is such a great stress reliever for me. During the winter months, I had stuck to running only on the treadmill, which really doesn't bother me-I actually like it. But with the half marathon looming in the distance, and the weather finally improving, it's time to start to tackle running outside.

Last night the wind was not my friend, and the terrain was difficult. I live on a foothill of the Adirondack Mountains, so the roads are very hilly, and the pavement is cracked/broken on the shoulders, so it's difficult to run on. It was tough, and I was a bit discouraged that I didn't do as well as I'd hoped. But I am happy that I got out there and fought the elements. I had good music, great company, so I'm pleased. And I know my next run outside will be a little better and I will be a little stronger.

My next 5K is this Saturday. Hopefully my outdoor training will help to improve my time just a bit. emoticon
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    Great job on your run
    1825 days ago
    Great motivational ideas. Maybe one more is to do a workout...
    1825 days ago
    I love the list you came up with, she is lucky to have you as a friend. I would like to add that when I am in a funk it helps when someone is straight with me and lets me know what I am doing to sabotage my goals. and then prefereable they come over and give me a hug and clean all the dishes in the sink so I can start over. :)

    Great job to you on your outdoor training, too.
    1825 days ago
    Great job with the run! WooHoo!

    My top 2 are walking my pups and spending time with my pups.
    Spending time on spark helps as well.

    1825 days ago
    You are a great friend. I have gotten out of a funk by receiving a fitness magazine in the mail!

    I heard on spark radio that when you are in a funk, perform one small act of power.... a walk, an extra glass of water, a 10 min SP video, to slowly get back into a routine.

    I wish your friend good days. Tell her we are all pulling for her!

    I hope you have a fun 5K Saturday.
    1825 days ago
  • JANET552
    Great motivation ideas!! I need them right now as I've lost my way. It's only been three days but it isn't what I want so I need to change it around.

    Good luck on your 5K.
    1825 days ago
    You did great on your run. You have to allow yourself to transition from inside to outside. I'm certain your 5K this weekend will be awesome!

    Those are great ideas for your friend. I also like to make a list (either paper or mental) of WHY I want to do this. Sometimes the reasons are just enough to give me a push!

    1826 days ago
  • SH9719
    Struggling through tough workouts is as important as having good workouts. If you do not have this ability you will always be limited to working out when it is good.

    I would have your friend focus on her motivations for healthy eating. Write down the top reasons for not eating badly. Have here write about it here so she can get some support. Plus, she could find any number of motivating articles and blogs here to read. Tell her good luck.
    1826 days ago
    For me writing sometimes helps.It puts things in perspective and gives me an opportunity to re-evaluate things. You supporting her is a great thing though! Best of luck with your upcoming 5k & half marathon!!
    1826 days ago
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