Monday, January 10, 2011

Motivational Monday

I had such high hopes for this week but instead I went up .1 pound to 253.7. Now I realize in the big scheme of things, a tenth of pound is nothing. I also realize there will be highs and lows on this journey. It is just very discouraging to step out into the New Year this way. It’s time for some motivation.
Motivation is something I struggle with. I think we all do. Staying revved up when things are going well is easy. But when you’ve watched your portions and exercised more in a week than you have done in 6 months and scale laughs back at you, it is disheartening.
My brain is hardwired to see my disappointments, my shortcomings as failures. Failure takes the wind right out of me. Whether it is weight loss, work or some aspect of my personal life, I do not do failure well.
So I must break the pattern. But how? I’ve decided to call Mondays, Motivational Monday. I want to use today to kick off each week with something inspiring or meaningful. Whether your goal is weight loss, work-related, to quit smoking or anything else, we can all inspire one another.
I found an anonymous quote this morning, “You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.” Whether the water is the symbol for bad habits, procrastination or attitude, the saying holds true. I know I hold myself back by focusing on my failures instead of my accomplishments.
This last week was emotionally trying for me. So in spite of great portion control and exercise, I indulged in chocolate binging, knowing full well it would A) not satisfy me because I was emotionally needy, not hungry and B) sabotage my weight loss plan and reaffirm that I am a failure. I am going to get out of the water.
A friend and fellow writer, Marie Anne St. Jean, came up with an idea last week. She started Fess-Up Friday on her blog and pledged to use Fridays as a way to be accountable for how she used her week to achieve her goals (or not). She also invited others to share the confessions with comments and links to their own blogs.
I am inviting you to do the same here but on Monday and with messages of inspiration. Motivational Monday will be about how we lose motivation, how we get it back, where we find and so on. Its not limited to weight loss so please feel free to link your blog here. Maybe we can create something amazing by linking up with others who are trying to find or share motivation. And in the end, if it helps us achieve whatever our goal is, isn’t that what this is all about?

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Amy Brantley said...

You can do this. I know motivation can be hard, but I have faith in you!

Marie Anne said...

Each of us must figure out what our motivator is. For me, I lost a good bit of weight last year, looked good and felt great. THAT's my motivation this year, to go there and beyond.

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