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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I have been a bit lax these past few days. Partly due to a virus, partly due to just plain lack of motivation. emoticon emoticon

I have been trying to gather images to create a motivational poster for myself, without much luck. I started to question "what would really motivate me?". Most of the "images" out there (main stream magazines) are of very young, very fit, women. Women at a level of fitness and beauty that I could NEVER attain. emoticon emoticon Therefore their images actually De-Motivate me. I am one of those people who will give up if the task seems too difficult. I am not proud of it, but I am realistic about it. emoticon

So, what is my solution? I finally figured out that I need to look for images of more average people doing the things that I want to do and/or I want to get better at. Miss super fit and fabulous 20 year old in her lycra jogging suit just wont do. I need the average woman jogging through the park. No "Fitspro" super body builder, but rather an image of an average weight room, or maybe just the weights themselves. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Knowing what works for YOU personally is the key here. What moves me may not move you, what moves you may be too daunting for me cope with.

It comes back to those SMART goals. I need to believe I can achieve the goals I set for myself. My motivational board today does not need to represent the "perfect" me, it just needs to show me who I can realistically become with a little honest, consistent effort. Once I become that person, I can "re-set" my board to the next level if I so choose.

If you are one of those people with the gift of tenacity, the ability to visualize the long term goal and keep pushing until you get there...then bless you and more power to you. However, I suspect that most of the people reading this are a bit more like me. We have our "super days", but more often then not we have doubts and fears and we get overwhelmed when the task is too big, the result is too far off...

So, while I am NOT recommending a "mediocre board", I am suggesting a sort of "stepping stone" board. One that shows delicious, healthy foods, emoticon emoticon fun activities that we can do now, emoticon emoticon and want to get better at. Success stories of people at our age who started around our current fitness level, and how they got to their "better place". emoticon

I am revising my search for images for my board and renewing my resolve to get it done. It doesn't have to be perfect (after all, I'm not!). It just needs to remind me that I can be a little better tomorrow then I am today, and the reasons why I care if I get better or not. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • JULYCITY
    The images on fit, healthy young people are not great motivators for me either.

    Nor do the catalogs for large women (with very skinny people modeling the clothes) make me feel good. If these clothes are for larger women then what are they trying to say by having them modeled by young and skinny women? I would like to see a realistic image of the clothing and how it would look on a large woman. Wow! Now why did I get off on that? Laughing.

    You made a good point Making-Progress. Good luck on your board.

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    1727 days ago
  • STILLMENEWBODY
    I think it is absolutely great that you are staying true to yourself. That you don't have a need to just follow suit but to do what motivates you. I agree that we need more articles and magazines about everyday people. That being said, I must admit my goal board, which is actually a series of framed photos in my exercise room are indeed of the typical images in typical fitness magazines. When I chose them, I never really paid attention to the...OH WOW..he or she looks amazing. I truly looked at....I would love stronger arms, legs, abs, with less fat more muscle. I have an image of an up close picture of someone eating an apple, and a series of images in one frame that show someone measuring their tummy. All lovelier bodies than mine but my vision is to strive towards a healthier stronger body for me.
    I agree if a task gets to daunting I am apt to give up, so I have removed some of those pressures from me now. I mean, we are here with SP but how we choose to work our program is completely up to us. Sure, we reach out to others to see how they do, what they do and when they do it...but then, we can take what we want and leave the rest. I am beginning to find a happy place in my activity world and am getting better in foodland...lol. I have a long ways to go as I am definitely a devil for punishment. I do believe I can do it though and I am confident you can too.

    I look forward to hearing about your progress. Enjoy!
    1727 days ago
  • KG4PVOWIFE
    I have been thinking about putting together a motivational board. Looking at fit people does not motivate me. I find motivation thinking about things I can DO with a fit body, so mine will have pictures of zip lining, an amusement park ride, rock climbing, running, etc. I am pretty adventurous when I am fitter.
    1727 days ago
  • ALEXESQ33
    Ugh RIGHT ON! I totally agree, while the images in the mags can be known to motivate me, they more often discourage me.
    I have a friend in the biz (fitness mag) who says many of those models do not work out at all! She says on shoots when they tell them how to do the exercises they have to show them how to do a "plank" or whatever. They are on those pages because they are slim and beautiful - not because of their exercise habits. (Not all of them - I'm sure some do exercise - but most are just models).
    So Good for you - I am also going to look for "real" inspiration from now on!

    1731 days ago
  • SPARKED2BFIT
    Several years ago, I had a motivational board with certain body parts that I needed to improve on. The pics were attainable with inspirational phrases that really spoke to me. I didn't realize how much it's inspired me but when I think back, I had lost a lot of weight when I had that vision/motivational board in front of me every day.

    It's been a while and I've been wanting to make a new one...just a matter a time. Have fun with creating something that will inspire and motivate you to be your best. emoticon
    1731 days ago
  • IRISHGAL46
    I keep a pair of pants around that I can no longer fit in. When I don't see movement on the scale, I put them on and feel good about what I have accomplished. I am also keeping a chain of paper clips for each pound I have lost. That is a big visual motivator for me. Good luck. emoticon
    1731 days ago
  • KICKINGIT@56
    I agree with you about the phony magazine super models. Even if they were that size and had the strength and stamina pictured in those ads, who knows what unhealthy path they took to get there. I motivate myself by looking at pictures of me 15 - 20 years ago when I was a svelte size 8 and had tons of energy. Of course that was pre-menopause but I believe that with the right nutrition, exercise and habits I can get there (or close to it) again. When I do there will be a whole new wardrobe of clothes already hanging in my closet.

    Don't give up - one step and one pound at a time.

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    1731 days ago
  • SYLPHINPROGRESS
    Perhaps it's not so much what people, food and dumbbells look like, but more about the times that you've felt most healthy, happy, and whole -- those moments of ultimate well-being that you wish to feel more often. Recall the times of greatest elation, when you felt your heart expanding so that you thought your chest would pop; the times you teared up because from the near-overwhelming elation. Pin those photos on your board. Pin up what makes your heart happy. Pin up whatever evokes the thrilling emotions, whatever makes you feel complete and at home in the universe. Getting to slim and fit is very much part of the package.

    You said it at the end: "...the reasons why I care..."

    Laurie

    P.S. If having pics of people as role models does make a difference for you, maybe pics of people you know and admire for having achieved the goals you share. They'd be more meaningful than strangers, famous or not, snipped from magazines.
    1732 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/21/2015 6:27:49 PM
  • SPARKLED146
    The images for my motivational boards have come from AARP magazines...something more my age!

    Good luck creating yours!
    1732 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    What a great idea! I too am de-motivated by all those images of young beautiful people. Especially since I know they are photo shopped! I have not created a board for myself for several reasons that being one of them! How in the world do you get motivated by something you can never achieve - you know being 20 again??
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    Jeanne
    1732 days ago
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