Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday: December 10

As I'm sure you have all been able to guess based on my lack of posting, getting back on the healthy living wagon isn't going so well.  I'm always really motivated for a couple of hours or a day or two but then that motivation fades.  When the motivation fades it takes something called discipline to keep doing what needs to be done even when you don't want to.  Right now I am definitely lacking discipline.

I know I'm not alone in this struggle.  Even people who have been successful losing weight, like Carolyn, struggle with doing what needs to be done day after day in order to see results.  I've read this post a couple of times now and I will probably read it a couple more times to remind myself of what it takes to see results.  And even if I don't take the time to read the entire post again I will at least remind myself of two simple things.  "Motivation gets you to work out when you want to work out.  Discipline is what gets you there when you don't."

It's a relief to know that I'm not alone in the struggle to be disciplined when it comes to living a healthy life.  But yet I feel very alone because I feel like I am the only one that isn't getting it through my head that I need to be disciplined with working out and making healthy food choices if I want to see results.  I know what needs to be done and I know how to go about doing it but I'm still making excuses and talking myself out of doing what needs to be done.  And I won't lie, it's super frustrating and makes me think about giving up.  A lot.

But then I look at myself in the mirror, see a picture from a few years ago, or think about the plastic tote full of clothes that currently do not fit and I'm reminded why I want to change my life.  So I'm not giving up.  I will keep tying as many times as it takes for it to stick with me.

Height: 5'7.5''
SW: 213.6 215.6
Nov 13: 212.7
Today: 215.6
Change: +2.9

Woof!  What a kick in the gut that was.


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6 comments:

  1. Good for you for not giving up. You got this girl!

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  2. One of the best explanations of motivation/discipline I have heard. I am currently focusing on the discipline of early morning workouts - Day 2. It is a definitely a day by day process. When I get discouraged I tell myself I will be happy in 6 months that I stuck with it.

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  3. Totally agree with what Anna said above, and I'm glad my earlier post resonated! I try think back to the things I said/felt when I was struggling more, because every excuse you say or feel, I HAVE said/felt before. "I'm tired" or "next week" or "I don't have time to shop" or "my mom is making my favorite ___" or "I'm sore." These were (and still are) challenges I face literally all the time. You have to think-- is giving in going to help me or hurt me?

    Like I said in my text-- I think if you can set up a reward system for yourself, it will really help. If nothing else, a reward system makes you stop and think about your decisions in the context of the reward/punishment. Don't let yourself crack open your FAVORITE new book until you get 5K steps. Do you want to sit on the couch and NOT read because you don't want to do the steps? Or do you want to just get up and do them so you can have the reward? That "stop and think" is a really critical step in evaluating the healthiness of your decisions, because it's something I never did before losing weight. Instead of even TRYING to talk myself out of bad decisions, I'd just throw my hands up and immediately admit defeat!

    My mom spent YEARS telling/offering/bribing (yep, bribing) me to be healthier. And it never never clicked. The only person who can want it (and DO IT) for you, is you. Sometimes I tell myself (when I want to write off being healthy this week/this month/forever) that the next month is going to pass by no matter what. I can make healthy choices and feel better about myself a month from now, or worse. The decision is yours!

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  4. That's unfortunate, but it happens to the best of us. I really like that quote. It is easy to stay motivated. Much harder to stay disciplined. Good luck.

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  5. hi, welcome back. This is a great description between the two. You have to think about how much you do or do not want it. Does it meant that much to you?

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  6. You are SOO not alone! I know it's frustrating and you feel like you have such a long road ahead of you... I know because I feel the exact same way! I feel the same way you do... that I know how to lose weight, I know what it takes, yet I still just don't do it. I was actually just posting about this very thing. I wish I had answers for you or the magic answer that would make it all so easy but I don't... just wanted to let you know that you're not alone and I'm here to support you any way that I can! I KNOW we can do this!!

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