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Hitting That Big Old Wall

How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Stopping


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  • "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.
  • This has help to motivate me and put me back on track, thanks
  • Great Article! I am reminded of a quote from Professor Pausch that he gave in his "Last Lecture" (if you haven't seen it, you MUST watch it on youtube, it is a life changing speech) He said that brick walls are put in your path to test how much you truly want something, not to stop you from getting what you want. I found that so profound, and I use those words every day to motivate me through a rough patch.
  • great article, julie! i'm not a runner, but i can easily translate these tips to my personal goals. Thanks!
    Exactly what I needed to hear! I always wondered what mental "dialogue" finishers used! The hardest part of running is the battle with that little voice that says, "You can stop, it won't matter" Now I have some strategies to deal with satan....umm i mean the voice!
  • Thanks for the article not only is it very motivational and I truely need all the motivation I can get. These little brain tricks actually work really well!!
    Thanks for the positive comments.It is quite tough doing this alone but with people like you on board and your personal experiences it helps to make a person realize it can and will be done. Most people that read these messages will benefit and to those of you who have succedded my hat is off to you.Keep up the good work Spark People .
  • Oh yes, i can relate to that one and this was exactly the motivation I needed now! Thanks
  • Yes! Don't think about the wall, don't stop and look at the hard stuff--just do, just go, focusing on what comes ahead. I also use the "just this much more" technique--sometimes even when I'm doing housework--and then it's done!!
    There's no marathon for me but I'm at that wall in and have been for a whil, but I find myself between a rock and a hard place.. can't go back and can't seem to master myself to go forward and so much depends on me keeping on. It's too easy to look at the negatives-- too much weight, too little effort to exercise, recovering from breast cancer surgery, raising 2 as a single parent....once I felt like Wonder Woman.. now I wonder: woman, can you keep on. I'd like to pull up the covers.. but someone has to do the pay the, l roll out of bed hoping today is the day that I see the light at the end.

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