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Hitting That Big Old Wall

How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Stopping


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Great blog Julie! Congrats on finishing the Boston Marathon!!! Report
this is a great article, almost more applicable to everyday life than running or weight loss. everyday can be a struggle sometimes, but we have to remember to keep moving. Report
I don't understand how people here can say this article doesn't apply to weight-loss when so many comments here clearly show very discouraged people ("I'm slipping," "this darkness I'm in," etc.) who have hit "The Wall" in their weight-loss journey. Yeah, there's not a true finish line in a healthy lifestyle as there is in a road race, but there are certainly goals, and these suggestions can help people moving onwards and upwards to where they want to be as people and physical specimens.

That said, they definitely do apply to running as well. I read this article last year, but I'm running the Chicago Marathon this weekend, my first-ever and something I couldn't have done if I hadn't turned my lifestyle around and become a "Sparkperson" almost two years ago, so thanks Julie, and thanks for reposting this, Sparkpeople: I will definitely use these when the going gets tough this Sunday and reach that goal I've set for myself, using Sparkpeople once again. Report
I wish I could say that I had an epiphany after reading this, or that I some major life change was brought about, but I'm still discouraged. The author was thinking this while running a marathon and I feel like I'm never gonna be running a marathon, let alone come out of the darkness I'm in. Thanks for the suggestions, but I'm not fully convinced I can related to this. Report
I am feeling very stressed out at work today and visions of the vending machine were dancing in my head telling me that a candy bar was just the fix I needed. I decided to track what I have eaten today to see if a candy bar would fit into my calories (light dinner?), read this article and realized that I can skip the candy and stay focused on my healthy goals and meal plan. Thanks, there will be no vending machine trip for me today. Report
Those are great suggestions! Yesterday, I was determined to walk at least 10,000 steps. I didn't necessarily feel like going the distance. The suggestions in this blog are excellent for those times! Report
What wall? There ain't no stinking wall. A wall is made of brick or rocks, or wire, something, that can be broken, climbed, torn down, walked around, or endured. A Physical place, with a physical solution.
This "wall" in the article is in your brain. Just the same place the door is! If you imagine a wall, why can't you imagine not having one?
Don't make a wall out of an imaginary excuse for resisting change.
Recognize that your will (you) is in charge of your noise in your head.---or can be--if you teach it to be. Use the tools in he article, but understand it is all a game you are playing with yourself.. The name of this game is "Long term goals vs short term goals."

Who is winning---you--- YOU win either way, YEAH!!!!
WHAT do you win!? That is the whole point here.
My answer is that I am winning all the time, and I am consciously, actively moving in the direction of MY long-term goals. I occasionally "fall off the wagon" (get sick and tired of resisting temptations and go back to a comfort zone from my past) and I give myself a few days to recognize it and get back on. Every time I do that, it is a VICTORY!!
Now, my idea of "cheating" is to have A scoop of ice cream once a week-maybe. Twenty years ago, it was to buy a half a gallon of ice cream and pretend I was not going to eat it all in one sitting. And then promptly do just that and feel sick for hours and disgusted for days--even weeks. Now, I wouldn't dream of buying a half gallon of ice cream for ANY REASON EVER. It is NOT something I do for my long-term goal--no matter what. Victory for long term goal- defeat for short term goal.
I won't spend $5 for organic spinach and then cancel it out with HFCS and lard. Would you? Report
I agree with previous comments. This applies to running more than to weight loss. It's like comparing apples to oranges. With running a race, there's an end to the race. With weight loss, it's a life-long journey Report
I think the article is good, but personally, my favorite part of exercise is the when I go with a friend and complain the whole way about how hard it is. I know she's just as tired and hating that hill just as much as I am, and knowing that we're there together hating the hill makes it doable.

Just my 2 cents. That being said, there's nothing like just plowing right on through, so long as I can complain later. ;^) Report
I agree with anniemovie gal, this doesn't apply to weight loss in my opinion.
I've hit that place where I am disoreinted with this journey and find myself slipping bit. Report
I think it is a great article. Report
I don't really agree with this article to be honest. Yes, it applies to running or working out, but not necessarily to weight loss, because if you associate the journey too much with pain and difficulty then you will eventually hate it and give up. Once it's about willpower you've already lost the battle. You have to find ways to live, forever, with eating healthier and having other healthy habits, and if you're finding it too difficult to keep going then it's worth stopping to consider why, and what you might change that will make it more tolerable. Report
Great article. I had a really hard time running this morning and I was using some of those strategies (run to the next tree, etc.). I was feeling down about how hard it was, so it's good to know others go through this too. Report
Thanks, just what I needed today. Report
I don't like to lie to myself, I'm too smart to believe me. When I had a lot of weight to lose I knew the plateaus were temporary and I would just add an exercise or shake up my meal-plans... now that I'm basically at my goal, eh, not losing weight is better then gaining weight, I just wait it out or if the trend continues for a few weeks then I know I have to step up my game if I want more results. Report

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