May 14, 2012

Motivation ... or lack thereof


Colt and I are taking part in another weight loss challenge this year, with the same friends as last year plus some new ones. While it's great that we're all focusing in on getting healthier again, something's not quite clicking for me.

I felt so accomplished after last year's 30(ish) pound loss. I was eating better, my love/hate relationship with Jillian Michaels was actually accomplishing something ... and then I stopped working out regularly and reacquainted myself with not-so-great-for-me foods. Quicker than I would have liked, I gained 10 lbs back.

Last year was a struggle, but I feel like I accomplished more more quickly. This time around, I've been waffling between 1-2 pounds of loss and gain since we started. Could I be eating better? Yes. Could I be exercising more? Yes. But I'm trying. I just feel unmotivated to really dig in to the healthier lifestyle. It's an utterly frustrating cycle of frustration.

I need to find something to motivate myself outside of the fact that I want to feel better—I'm my own worst enemy. What kinds of things do you do to motivate yourself? It doesn't have to be for weight loss, it could be for anything. I'm just looking for ideas to try that might help me find what I'm currently missing.

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  1. Here are some things I have done to motivate myself: Public humiliation (like, making a Biggest Loser group on facebook and saying, "I'm bigger than I want, come help me by competing!"), taking "before" photos, asking for help from unlikely sources (a girl I was jealous of in high school is now a registered dietitian), and talking out my feelings with my husband.

    I'm not saying they've all helped all the time, but....

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    1. Thank you, Holly. These are great ideas. :)

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  2. First of all, kudos on last year's weight loss! My biggest motivation in losing weight, outside of looking and feeling better, is the small rewards. After losing a good chunk of weight, I will now be focusing on small goals and rewarding myself for them. For instance, if I make it through a week of doing good I might get myself a couple of new nail polishes or after losing 5 pounds I might reward myself with a pedicure or something that I normally wouldn't do.
    As far as slower weight loss goes, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it) the smaller you are the slower you tend to lose weight. When you're at a higher weight you need more calories to maintain (or gain), so if you cut calories you tend to lose pretty fast. Since you're 20lbs lighter you need less calories to maintain your weight, so there's not as big of a deficit when you cut some out.
    Keep it up though! Even if you only lose a pound a week you could be 20+ pounds lighter by Halloween!! At least that's what I keep telling myself. ;)
    Okay, my long winded essay is now done.

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    1. Thanks, Jen. These are great ideas as well. And kudos to you as well! You've done amazing so far in your quest to get fit. <3

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  3. congrats on trying to get healthier! that's a step in the right direction. a direction i'm currently avoiding since in less than a month i'm going to have a restricted diet cause it turns out i have an autoimmune disorder. i won't be able to eat gluten anymore so i'm shoving my face full of really horrible things like hostess cherry pies (one of my favorite things ever) and real bread. by the end of june i'll basically be on the paleo diet, whether i like it or not. (and until my tests i'm not allowed to exercise so i'm being uber lazy.) but i've been complaining about my weight for ages now (like since before elijah was born... he'll be 4 in 2 1/2 weeks... for me, a good motivation to exercise was my wedding picture. when i got married i would have liked to have been about 10lbs lighter. i would have to shed 50+ pounds just to be at my wedding weight now (damn kids). so now i look at it and think about being back to that weight. i also bought a really beautiful dress. and i bought it 3 sizes too small. i want to wear it so bad, so i will make that happen!!! good luck, i hope you find your motivation soon!!

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    1. I think you're going about it the right way. I'm sorry that you have to go on a "forced" diet, but I do hope it makes you feel better in the long run! Thanks for the ideas, and best of luck to you with all this new bidness. :)

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  4. Sometimes the only way to I can motivate myself is to bribe myself. For instance I am currently bribing myself with a new tattoo if I can successfully go to gym for 6 months. So far it's working!
    Good luck though, I hope you find the motivation you need <3

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    1. That's a great idea! I've been thinking I want another one ... :)

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