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In that moment…I’m always inspired.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I recently stumbled upon Ali Vincent’s, the winner of the Biggest Loser season 5, show and have been catching up on the season. I have to watch it on my iPad as it is not on a station I get on TV. It has worked out better this way anyways as I can get on my treadmill and watch it while I walk and run. Ali has since put back on some of the 112 pounds she lost and we see her as she deals with this and tries to get back on track.

One of the past week’s episodes had Ali’s mother, Bette-Sue, on it with her. Bette-Sue was also on the BL with Ali. Ali was running a half marathon with another woman, Carmen, who was overweight. Ali’s mother was not running but they would cut over to her for comments throughout. At one point Bette-Sue says she knows she should be running too with them and that while watching Ali…. “In that moment, I’m always inspired. And then I’m not”. Okay what??? STOP THE TREADMILL!! Rewind and play that again please. “In that moment, I’m always inspired. And then I’m not”. Did she say that or were those words coming from MY mouth. This is soooo me!!! How many times have I seen something, got inspired and then like a blinking light….the inspiration was gone. How many Biggest Loser shows have I watched and got inspired to right that minute start eating healthy, working out and to start dropping those pounds only to have the next commercial come on….. and I am in the kitchen getting myself a big scoop of ice cream?? How many infomercials have I seen for workout programs or DVDs or an ad for book and have ordered them psyched about starting the program or reading the book and when I receive them they sit there collecting dust?? The moment was gone. In that moment I was inspired…but then I wasn’t.

Wow…deep stuff here. My inner secret has been let out. I live for the moment. I live for that flicker of inspiration and then it is gone. Why is that? What makes me not hold on to the things that motivate me and keep me plugging on this journey? I do think I get myself overwhelmed with trying to find what will work instead of choosing one thing and seeing if that work.. It’s just that I want to do everything at once. I get excited. The inspiration just grabs me.

This is one of the things I need to work on….stringing together a lot of these moments. I need to not live in that one moment. I need to live in the momentS…lots of momentS….present and future in order to keep that inspiration alive and get to my ultimate goal. To do that I am going to simplify what I do. No more buying gadgets or books because I think aha THIS is the thing that is going to work. I have the tools already. I just need to be focused and use them and string together those moments of inspiration.
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    We need to do what we know is right not just when we feel like it.

    It's hard but it can be done. emoticon emoticon
    1849 days ago
    AHA! so it's not just me who does this! but now you have inspired me to have the chicken and rice lowfat casserole that DD has left for me while babysitting sick kids and not eat the leftover pizza I brought! thanks Jeannie!
    1852 days ago
    I too have ordered book after book and bought various pieces of exercise equipment and jumped on the bandwagons for each. I too have allowed them all to go to waste.

    I don't know if this could be part of your situation, Jeannie, but one of the issues I want to explore in Beck is the possibility that I may be flitting from one inspiration to the next in order to avoid doing the day-by-day difficult work it takes to become healthy. I think my inner reasoning may be that, since I don't feel inspired by X or Y any more, I need to wait until I DO become inspired by the next X or Y--and thus, I don't actually have to DO any of the actual work it takes to lose weight.

    It's easier to look for the next new thing than it is simply to buckle down with the new thing I have just bought.

    Another point I want to investigate is idea that I may work so hard to find that one perfect thing because I am, well, a perfectionist!

    Oddly enough, i also believe I may live only in the moment because the idea of stringing together lots of small moments = boredom for me. Losing weight doesn't take a lot of imagination: eat the right food in the right amounts, move my body more = eventual success. I think I just get bored with it.

    I am with you on no more buying stuff. Like you, I also already have the tools--and most of them are inside me.

    Have a good day, Mate.
    1852 days ago
  • 35ANGELS
    It's funny how fleeting inspiration can be.i think we all do this at one time or another . emoticon
    1852 days ago
  • SARIC3
    No one can do this for us. We have to find the inspiration within ourselves. That is easier said than done. I have fabulous aspirations in the morning, but by the time I get home from work, all is lost.
    1853 days ago
    That really WAS an aha moment! I am the same way. Sometimes my motivation leaves me for weeks at a time, especially for eating right. But I always go back to it, because I don't want to go back to what I WAS. That's non-negotiable!
    1853 days ago
  • 2009-2016
    We can't always depend on being inspired in the moment to do the right thing. But, doing the right thing often helps get me inspired in the moment and, moreover, helps me keep going on my newly fueled inspiration. Here's to making good choices for our body and mind, whether the perfect inspiration is present in the moment or not.
    1853 days ago
    emoticon Excellent insight! I do that ALL the time!!!!
    1853 days ago
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