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2/26/14 1:45 P

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Preventing depression is a big part of why I eat healthy and exercise daily. It has made a huge difference in my life. Some of it may be an increase in Vitamin D as I am outdoors a lot more than I used to be, but a lot of it is having purpose in my days... and the endorphins.

I have found that not only does good nutrition and exercise help with my depression, but also my schizophrenia. Sometimes it amazes me what a big impact it has on my symptoms. That is motivation enough for me to keep me moving. Mental illness is scary, and if I can alleviate some of the symptoms through diet and exercise then that is what I will do. I did not always think this way. For a long time I was fat, depressed, crazy and miserable, and I wallowed in it all. I can't say what was truly the trigger to getting me to change my lifestyle for good, but I am thankful for the change.

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2/25/14 9:39 P

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Yes, I like the automatically eat healthy foods. I automatically do not eat between meals because I am not hungry. You can train yourself not to be hungry until meal time by not listening to the hungry ques your body makes. My stomach may growl a little but if I drink some water and in 10 minutes I will not be hungry. Linda from bean town

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2/25/14 7:11 P

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I really like the idea of discipline being a substitute for motivation. I think that's largely what's carried me through maintenance over the past six months when my motivation has been at some of its lowest points since I reached goal. Although I've slacked off in certain respects, my fundamentals are strong and that's where my discipline seems to be coming into play--and why I'm still within my goal range.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since. Had a baby at the end of April 2016 and am working to get back to my pre baby form, or at least as close to it as I realistically can!

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2/25/14 5:04 P

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Tricia, when it comes to depression it's a good idea to check with a physician first, rule physical problems out. I divorced my first husband because of his constant inability to do anything, his perpetual dreary nature. His second wife dragged him to a doctor (against his will I might add) and he started medication. He is a totally different person. When we were married, no one knew about depression and didn't have any pharmaceutical remedies. It's different now. My oldest son is on medication now, also, and his life has turned around.

Once that is ruled out, I love what you said about motivation being a process rather than a commodity. Personally I have developed a discipline over the years that can substitute if motivation runs low. We all know what that means. We brush our teeth at night because that is what we do. We don't look for motivation or encouragement or any other meaning. We just do it and move on. Food situations are the same way for me now, but it was indeed a process to get there. I just don't eat between meals, not because it's the "secret" or is any better a technique than planned snacks, but for me it takes the internal negotiation out of the picture. Discipline is such a negative word when you are developing it, but it becomes just another automatic once it's engrained. The last time I had an internal debate about brushing my teeth was probably when I was 3 and I don't remember it. Teaching my own kids was when I saw the process at work. Maybe I fought it as much as I fought the Reeses as an adult, I don't remember, but I do know that it's the same process. Basic military training is the same principle: if you have to think through what to do when you get an order, you're dead before you finish the thought process. They drill you until it is second nature. You do something consciously for as long as it takes to be automatic.

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2/25/14 4:18 P

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This came to me because I needed to share something inspirational or motivational for the Panthers Pride (at Biggest Loser Challenge) and I thought it was pretty interesting.

Attitude and motivation are really key in maintenance. The NWCR has found the two reasons people relapse are depression and disinhibited eating. I used to be chronically depressed and then after some recovery work for codependency and anxiety I found I was no longer depressed for no good reason. I still had feelings, but they were appropriate to the situation and if I didn't have good feelings, I could usually find ways to cultivate some better feelings.

In human development class we've been talking about safety in the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention levels. Primary means systemic prevention, like the guidelines on playgrounds, which may seem annoying (and mean there are no playgrounds sometimes) but evidently they reduce injury to children. Secondary means targeted preventive intervention for folks with higher risks. Tertiary is having resources in place for when something does go wrong. This may not seem like a level of prevention, unless you consider that the alternative is assuming nothing wrong will ever happen.

Applying this to motivation and attitude, I think some of my primary strategies are limiting the amount of news media and TV commercials I consume. I used to be a compulsive news watcher, and it just increased my stress. TV commercials manipulate us to feel like we need certain products (usually food) to enjoy life. Secondary strategies are things like knowing when I am likely to have PMS or going to a party, and working out ideas for preventing a blowout. Tertiary strategies involve resliency, which I think is so important. You step on the scale and it's up 2 or 3 pounds, I never take it personal. I figure out why. Maybe it's salt. Maybe it's glycogen. I recently learned that PMS hormones directly affect what your body does with sodium, and chocolate can soften the hormone withdrawal, but also keeps it from resolving. It's crazy. But my point is, when something goes wrong, I figure it out. If I can't figure it out, I try and be easy on myself. And if I still feel bad, I might try a non fattening "reward" like playing a videogame, just get my mind off things.

Folks talk about running out of motivation and wondering where they can pick some up, but it's not a commodity, it's a process.

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