Anyone seen my motivation? If so, please send it back to me.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Well I will start with the positive part first. Yesterday I was in all my ranges except for my protein. That was a first and I am very proud of myself for it.

Now for the downside....I cannot get the motivation for my strenth training and cardio. I did a lot of walking yesterday and going up and down stairs a lot. A lot of house cleaning. But that is all I did. I am getting frustrated with myself. I am trying to reach deep inside myself for the motivation, but it is not there. I usually never have any energy. I don't think it is that I am lazy, but maybe it is. Or maybe it is something bigger than that going on. Whatever it is I want to kick it and gain the motivation and energy to go.

I know that I had sunk into my depression again over the last couple of weeks, but there was a good reason. The passing of my wonderful grandmother. It has really hit me hard the last week. I was numb the first week. Last week I couldn't get myself off the couch or from in front of this computer screen. I wanted to be left alone. Yesterday I went grocery shopping, did dishes, laundry, made cupcakes for my daughters class party, made dinner, and cleaned the kitchen and basement. I kept myself pretty busy, but I didn't get to bed until 5:30 this morning because I needed to wind down. So of course today I am beat and do not want to do anything.

If anyone knows of any tips for gaining motivation I would love to hear them. I have been reading the motivation articles through here, but that don't seem to be enough. I wish I had someone here with me pushing me, or could join a gym, or even just had some equipment here.

I am going to keep going at it though. I refuse to give up. At least I am watching my nutrition part of it though. I will get there. I know I will. Just hopefully I find this motivation soon.

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    Walking and steps IS cardio.

    The strength training will come, be patient.

    You are watching and tracking your foods, I am thrilled with your progress!

    I didn't start real strength training until last month. Just go to the Fitness Tracker and pick a few exercises to get started. Like Calf Raises with Chair. And keep walking.

    I have found that no 2 people will agree on Cardio and/or Strength Training and there are 2 definite theories on this. One has the Cardio where you will lose the weight. The other has Strength Training and you will lose inches but the weight loss will be very slow.

    Which is better? Now you understand why there is so much discussion.

    Please be patient with yourself. Stress is counter productive.

    I know you can do this. Give yourself a little time.

    One day at a time will reach your goals.
    4397 days ago
    I totally agree with UCANDOIT on the music part. When I'm not feeling motivated, I turn up some energetic music and it gets me moving. Once the endorphins kick in, I tell myself "okay, let's do some exercises while I'm dancing around". I've locked in a 2-3 songs I know get me moving.
    You'll find yours - just don't give up. Do it for YOU! Just take it one day at a time! emoticon
    4398 days ago
    I found it hard to leave the house. Some times being at home house chores become a secruity blanket. So I joined a yoga class and boxing class. I hate having to get up and get there but once there I have a great time
    4398 days ago
  • UCANDOIT2008
    You may already be doing this...but what helps me most is music. If I just plug in and listen to the loudest, most high-paced music (something catchy), it makes me want to keep going. There are also podcasts that you can find sometimes that have motivational, encouragement, etc. The best thing for me is music with a great and mostly fast angry rock too...that really helps. Hope this helps. Also, the best quote ever is "invest in yourself". Switch it up on your body too...change to some different exercise or amount of minutes...a lot of times I can trick myself into 1 more minute....1 more minute...1 more minute until I find I have gotten a great deal more work out than I anticipated. If you typically do treadmill or eliptical, etc, do them in a different order or for different times. Hang in there! You are totally worth it!
    4398 days ago
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