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Stuck in a rut and gaining weight

Friday, August 02, 2013

Yes, sorry to say, I am having trouble with my motivation, and I am gaining weight. I want to find a new source of energy so I can get back on track. Maybe I am coming down with something, maybe there is too much stress at work, I really don't know the reason.

I went on a short trip recently and it went well. I am kind of phobic of traveling, even within my own town, so it was stressful. I almost cancelled, but I am now glad I went. But, being on vacation didn't help my weight. We grilled bratwurst, ate out, etc. for several days and I was up to 257 when I got home.

I also have lost my energy for exercise, although I know this would help me in many ways. It might help me deal with stress and have more energy for other things. I promise myself, I will do at least 10 minutes of sustained exercise today. It is now 4:56 a.m. so I have the whole day ahead of me. I will make exercise a priority.

Have a good Friday and a good weekend!

This is a friend I made on my vacation. There was also a hummingbird, but I couldn't get a picture of it!
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  • ELLY2017
    Hey Kathleen,

    I hope you are getting some energy to get back on track. I know that can be a difficult task but don't give up! I think when we feel stuck and w/o energy it may be a kind of boredom. What helps me is doing something I enjoy - I don't mean exercise necessarily, but something that is fun. One thing I enjoy is going to Target occasionally by myself and just looking at stuff and thinking about possibilities - like redecorating my bathroom with butterflies and spider plants. Not that I'll actually do it, but imagining it is fun. emoticon
    I really related to what you said about not liking to travel /thinking of canceling. I am like that too but when I actually go do something, I enjoy it. Not sure what that is and I thought I was the only person who felt that way. emoticon
    1764 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/21/2013 11:10:18 PM
  • ALIALI2013
    I saw your post on the Wisconsin SparkPeople huddle and had to come read. So many have already encouraged you; there is not one of us who haven't gone through the "do I really want to/have to do this? Is it worth it?" stage and will continue to have small bouts like that, it's just a matter of going around, through, under those thoughts and continuing forward knowing we're helping our bodies stay strong and not lose the calcium, healthy joints, etc, we need as we age.

    Even a walk for 15 minutes at a time, twice a day is a wonderful way to exercise, and relax. I take a book along and read it while walking, or my radio to listen to some music (which seems to help me walk even faster). There is so much out there to look at, to see, if only we open our eyes and allow that beauty in, you can do this, try a walk, or go to a mall if you are able, and walk around it for a good 30 minutes, just like you'd be walking outside.

    But I love walking outside where I live because it is so calming and gives me time to think, or just enjoy things I love.

    I wish you the best of luck in your pathway to health, never give in, or give up...just move forward, using the downfalls as your strength to continue on. emoticon
    1784 days ago
    You only have to do it one day at a time. Today will be the day you get that exercise in and get "back in the game." Now . . . the only reason that I write this on your page is to reinforce what I need to remember. If I remember that my only responsibility is to make good choices for today, then it doesn't seem like such an insurmountable task. Thank you for reminding me to remind myself. Can't do over yesterday. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? But for today, I will put forth my best effort to make some good healthy choices for me, because I am worth it. Have a remarkable day! Great to see you still plugging away here!
    1784 days ago
  • LORI2562

    The daily 10 minute commitment worked for me!

    I was struggling with my motivation as well I used to self talk myself into and out of exercise on a daily basis. I would tell myself how much better I will feel, both physically and mentally, if I was active and did some exercise. I know that being active makes me feel more positive about life in general.

    It has been 38 days now since I made the daily 10 minute commitment. EVERY day - no matter what, is what I said I would do and so far I am doing it! Lots of days I get in way more than my ten minutes, but I consider that a bonus and keep my commitment to only 10 minutes.

    I think holding the routine and keeping the commitment of the 10 minutes never overwhelms me, and keeps me positive and wanting to stick to it.

    I have also been thinking about getting a FitBit, I have heard so many talking about how well it keeps them motivated.

    BTW I have a hummingbird that visits me almost everyday at the lake. There is a picture of him on my page. So cute! Your butterfly is beautiful.

    Good luck to you!
    1784 days ago
    I hear you on the motivation part! I'm struggling somewhat also lately. We talked about taking a walk together some time soon. Would sometime this weekend work for you? You can pick the place and a time that works for you - on the weekend I can be very flexible. I'll send you a SparkMail with my phone number - that way you can give me a call if you want to.
    1784 days ago
    Love the butterfly. Sorry you are finding it hard at the moment. I've found the only way I can keep momentum when I feel like this is to make a list of the minimum things I MUST do, then tick them off as I do them. If I do them early in the day they aren't 'hanging over me' until bedtime. I hope you can find something that works for you

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    1784 days ago
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