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Hitting That Big Old Wall
How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Stopping
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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.
great article! :)
Julie, I totally LOVED this article. It was SO what I needed. Especially the part about "don't think," and "just keep moving" . Thankyou thankyou thankyou...
Very true, very insightful. Those who fail are those who don't even make the attempt, or who suffer from perfectionistic standards.
For me, it's more important that I set a goal, and work towards it no matter how long it takes.
So true, so true. I definitely hit a wall the last time I went hiking (I took a very steep trail up Vermont highest peak). I went with one of my closest friends, and we took turns coaching each other up the mountain. The key was that we never stopped, and kept telling ourselves, "After we get to the top, we can tell EVERYONE 'I conquered that' every time we look on Mansfield." No negativity was allowed, and we were SO proud to have made it!!
What a great article, it translates to LIFE! Just keep on Keeping On! (70's talk) I loved IT!
Another site I read just posted an article similar to this. The author quoted Woody Allen as saying "Eighty percent of success is just showing up." I think it's brilliant advice, and it goes hand-in-hand with this. No matter how nasty I feel, if I just lace up my shoes and go, in about 5 minutes I've hit my stride, and then I feel so much better afterward (not only a good workout, but a little bit of pride to boot!) Same thing goes for practicing my clarinet! If I tell myself, "Just a half hour" and actually sit down and start playing, odds are I go way over. Or dieting. Plan out my meals and then just do it, don't think about it, and then I feel great anyway. If I find that I still have trouble with the willpower thing, that's when I try to find another path toward my goal and see if I like that better. But this article is definitely spot-on!
The concept of the wall can be applied to so much more than just running - it can be applied to just about everything in life. There will always be walls standing in our way...the question becomes, can I climb over that wall?
Great article! Even though I'm not training for a race (yet), the message remains the same... Keep Plugging On!
"If it was easy, everyone could do it." Thank you for this, Julie! It helps me remember that I chose to work this hard, and I will continue even when the going gets rough.
If you want to stay motivated, stay motivated! Not very helpful advice.
I just saw on television what the work out wall is. The work out wall comes when all the glucose was coming out of his system. What happens then is that you feel really weak like you just can't go on, but if you do you start burning fat. Heavens wasn't that the point all along. The body fights that switch but after that happens.. Ah success. I have to wonder if the dieting wall might not be the point at which you would actually start losing fat as well. I just HAD to share.
good to revisit this article. I had just about decided to give up, not only with my weight and exercise but with parts of life in general. God only wants me to focus on now, I cannot change what was and I cannot know for sure what will be. Enjoy the now.
Thank you for writing this article: it was just what I needed to keep pushing on.
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