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Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation

Understanding Motivation

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One change I have made to not defeat myself is to not track on the days when I "cheat." I don't even think of it as cheating because I have made a conscious choice to eat more than normal that day. For example, yesterday we went out to eat for my husband's birthday. I had 3 slices of pizza. Although I did not overeat the rest of the day (binge), I knew that if I tracked calories for that pizza, my calorie number would have been super high. That would make me feel defeated. So, I just avoid that trap by not tracking that day. This is a major change from how I have tracked in the past. I am finding it super helpful. Report
I loved this article, because I am one of those people that wants everything to happen NOW. And, I am very hard on myself, expecting to be perfect. Then, I do a lot of eating myself up for my imperfection. I am saving this article to my FAVS and plan to read it often. Until, I have this planted in my psyche. THANKS SPARK PEOPLE!!! Report
This article is spot on for me. Sometimes I feel that I have to be perfect in every aspect of trying to stay healthy. Thanks for the great advice expressed in the article. Report
great information Report
Thanks for the great article. Report
Great re-direct on motivation killers! Report
Good article, thanks. Report
This is good food for thought. I have been losing motivation for awhile now. I'm feeling like being healthy is taking so much of my time and I'm getting tired of trying to do it perfectly. Report
I'm still losing motivation and none of the things you said apply to me. My goals are very manageable and I don't expect to do everything perfectly. So I'm still lost! Report
Great Article! Report
This was a great article! Thanks for posting it. One statement that stood out right at the beginning was:
"In the realm of eating and food choices, the modern world (and often your own kitchen) is full of well-marketed, tasty foods that appeal to your innate desires (a sweet tooth and fondness for rich foods) but are also nutritional nightmares."
I don't think food companies and stores are much different than tobacco companies in their ability to target our physical and emotional needs and turn their products into sources for addiction. I understand they don't force us to use their products, but both industries play to our weaknesses. The only way to outsmart them is to be smart ourselves.
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Weel said - thank you for breaking it down. Report
Hard for me to change my understanding of motivation. Always thought of it as a feeling and not a being present making a conscious choice kind of thing. Report
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Wow! Great insights. Thank you for sharing. Report

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