Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Has anyone else had that feeling where you KNOW this is gonna work, that you're in the groove, and nothing is going to knock you off the wagon this time?
I mean, yeah, we all say that all the time, but much of the time it's just positive thinking, hoping we can will ourselves to keep going, even though we don't really think we'll succeed. Nothing wrong with that method... but I'm curious who out there truly believes it?
I ask, because twice this year, I was absolutely convinced that I finally had this down pat. I was sure that nothing could derail me.
Then I moved.
That shook me for a few weeks, but didn't completely stop me.
Then August came. I started slacking. I started my own website. I grew tired. I was busy. [insert lame excuse here].
And this got me to thinking.
What makes us quit?
I feel that for the majority of us, weightloss (and gain) is entirely mental. Yes we have to be active and eat right, but our mind controls us- tells us what to do and when. In order to be active and eat right, we have to be in the right mental place to succeed.
So it seems to me, that if we're convinced we're never gonna stop, and then we do stop, there must be a missing piece. (Keep in mind, I'm not talking about trying and trying and just not losing - I'm talking about quitting).
Maybe we've picked up a routine we can't realistically hold on to. Maybe we resent having to do all this work to get what we want. Maybe we're doing it for the wrong reasons. Maybe we just haven't found THAT THING that will really motivate us.
I don't know what mine is yet, but I'm going on the hunt for it. I feel that I will never truly succeed until I find this missing piece. Of course, that doesn't mean I'm not going to keep trying in the meantime!
What was your missing piece? Have you found it yet?
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Goal: Burn 2040 calories
Completed: 205 calories
So, yeah, this week was a major bust. I am starting the Fall 5% Challenge well, though. It began yesterday and I got in 45 minutes of exercise and 8 glasses of water. Today I did not exercise, but got 10 glasses of water.
Tomorrow, I will exercise... and the next day and the next and so on.
I haven't considered giving up. It's not an option.
Next week I'll do better.
I had almost considered not posting this, since there is so little to tell... but I promised I would. Plus, I wanted to put this out there in case someone else is struggling with getting in the exercise. I guess I just want to show you that we can't give up when things don't go the way we'd hoped.
Instead we get off our butt and go make it happen.
Hope everyone had a great week!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
This is my get-your-butt-back-in-gear October Challenge (aka the Alt October challenge in the 50lb Challenge Team)
This challenge has 5 parts:
1st- Goal: Burn 8200 calories by November 1. (This is my weekly goal x 4) I've always focused on specific tasks, and I get bored. Plus, I sometimes, pick "easy" things to get my minutes in, thus never burning enough calories to get anywhere. This will keep me from "cheating".
2nd- Reward: Eh, I'm iffy on a reward. I'm so picky. Food rewards are against the rules (and I wouldn't pick it anyway), but I also don't want to purchase a reward either, as I can't say if I'll even be able to afford (or find) what I would want. So that leaves things like, "read a book", or "take a bubble bath" - all things I already do. I get plenty of alone time. So, eh. I don't know. Hah, I'll take suggestions!
3rd- Quote: I will post a new quote each week. This weeks quote:
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”–Maria Robinson
4th- Blog: I will update my blog once a week (Saturday) to reflect my progress.
5th- Print: Supposed to print it all out and put it somewhere you can see each day, but I don't have my printer hooked up. So.... I'll probably just write out.
And that's it!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
So, you know how I mentioned in a previous post, that I had slacked off on working out?
I did. For about 2 months. And one of those months was spent eating out almost every day.
I'll wait while you pick yourself off the floor.
And guess what? I gained about 8lbs.
But this post isn't to whine about how sorry I am (I'm not - It was a learning experience), or even about how I'll promise to get back on track (which I will). This post is about what happens when you don't even notice it.
I can't tell you how many times I've given up because I just wasn't seeing any progress.
But the cold hard truth is simply that we either a) don't WANT to see results or b) we're so blinded by what we THINK we are that just don't see the TRUTH.
I can tell you that aside from the scale going down a little a time, I did not notice any physical changes taking place.
My clothes didn't fit differently.
My pain had barely diminished.
I wasn't happier.
Oh and all of the above were a LIE.
Did you hear that?
With those 8lbs added back on, I can tell you that WITHOUT A DOUBT, that my body had been changing. Because I can feel it going to back to what it was.
I FEEL my clothes getting tighter.
I SEE my legs are a bit thicker.
I FEEL the pain in my foot returning.
I FEEL my energy evaporating.
I SEE that my boobs don't fit in my bra anymore (Ok, so maybe this isn't so bad)
Anyway, my point here is that even if you don't feel that change is happening, IT IS.
Just try going the other way, and I PROMISE you, you'll notice a difference!
Oh, and if you're lacking in motivation and need a boost... you HAVE TO READ THIS thinktraffic.net/motivation It may just be the greatest thing I've read in a LONG time!
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