One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Elaine’s Corner: What’s Your Personal Mantra?

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Yet again Elaine and I are on the same page. I have a VERY hard time not snacking in the car. Remember our road trip to Disney this year? :) Anyway, I’ll let Elaine take it away. She has a great question at the end of the post about mantras and I’m really curious what yours are.

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Hello again, fellow goal-setters! This week is going to be particularly hard for me to stay motivated on the diet/exercise/lifestyle front because I am headed to Washington, DC and Pittsburgh from my current location, Oklahoma City. The drive from OKC to DC is about 24 hours and the drive from DC to Pittsburgh is about 4.5 hours…..and I like to eat, eat, eat in the car. I’m not too worried about exercising because I know I will be doing a lot of walking around DC and my Mom likes to walk in Pittsburgh. I just have to keep the food in moderation and eat for hunger, not for boredom.

I question I hear a lot is why would I bother with my diet/exercise/lifestyle choices during vacation? The holidays? On my birthday? The examples are countless. I must admit that I used to think these exact thoughts and I still do some of time. We are all human! However, I want to discuss with you the concept of “self-identity” as it relates to motivation.

Self-identity means that I identify myself as a healthy eater and runner, despite my recurrent injuries, despite traveling, despite holidays, birthdays, or work banquets. I repeatedly tell myself I am an athlete, even when I don’t believe it. Have you ever heard that if you are sad and you smile, your brain will start to think you are happy? I think the same thing applies to healthy living – if you tell yourself that you are healthy, beautiful, and worthwhile, you will start to closely self-identify with those values. From there, you will see that those values don’t stop for vacation or other events. That’s not to say that you can’t enjoy yourself, whether it’s on vacation or just some ice cream after a hard day! You definitely should enjoy yourself! However, if you constantly operate within the self-identification of being healthy, you will find that a treat is just that – a treat!

Now, if only I could remind myself of this during the 24 hour car ride! Motivation is not easy and there will definitely be ebbs and flows. Self-identification has been one of the most crucial keys to my success. How are you using self-identification to stay motivated? What are some ways you can use self- identification in the future? Better yet, do you have a mantra you can always tell yourself?

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    October 27, 2010

    I like to identify myself as being fit and in shape. I may not have a continuous exercise routine or eat as healthy as I could, but I feel like when I do exercise I am not struggling to get through it. My breathing has improved 100% in the last 5 years (I grew up with asthma, so this is big) and I feel amazing when I finish, which motivates even more physical activities.


    October 27, 2010

    I think I really self-identify as someone who lost 100#. Like, that seems to be always in the back of my mind, even after 2 1/2 years. When I make choices, I am thinking that…I could go back there. That was me. It could be again. It is motivating. But as far as a mantra? I love the quote, “Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret” by Jim Rohn. Not that I think life is all suffering, but it’s so true. Making the harder choice is really just forestalling regret. I retweet this quote quite often to keep it on my blog and to remind myself.


    October 27, 2010

    My mantra is “make the effort!” I’ve not come this far, with eating healthy & exercise without some effort. When I feel myself sliding or going in the wrong direction, I think about all of the effort I’ve put forth. I don’t want that to be all for naught. That helps me change my focus when I feel myself sliding.

    Lap Band Gal

    October 27, 2010

    My mantra “If hunger isn’t the problem, then eating isn’t the solution” LOVE IT! I say it to myself often :)


    October 27, 2010

    I don’t not have a “mantra” but what an ingenious idea of actually looking at myself as a healthy eater or an athelete, and identifying myself as such. So much better than identifying myself as a failure, fatty, etc!? Love it.


    October 27, 2010

    My mantra is “just show up” because most of the time that is the hardest part for me. Getting up at 5am to go to the gym or taking a dance/fitness class after work is sometimes painful but once I am there I am fine!


    October 27, 2010

    My mantra for eating when I am not hungry is “it’ll either go to waste or go to your waist. your decision.”…other than that, no just plain-old everyday mantra.

    I don’t have a mantra but need one…and may be stealing Lap Band Girls’ from above…LOVE IT!


    October 28, 2010

    I just experienced a change in my self identity this year. I went away 4 or 5 times and on each “vacation” I made it a point to run or bike and eat as healthy as I could. It is to the point that the people I go away with expect that I will do it. I love being that person.
    I do not have the eating in the car problem but I always pack a bag full of healthy choices in case I do get hungry.
    The mantra I use is from Finding Nemo, Dory says Just Keep Swimming. And I always think if I just keep on moving forward, I will be okay even in the face of unhealthy decisions. Just keep swimming.


    October 28, 2010

    mine is something like “are you really hungry or are you eating to mask feeling tired/anxious/overwhelmed/excited/etc?”


    October 29, 2010

    I am training for an arctic ultra in 2012. I am no athlete and spent most of my life playing negative tapes over and over in my head. I’ve sustained a healthy weight for 6 plus years now and hadn’t particularly realised that these negative tape have disappeared, but they have. I’ve just realized that I am now treating myself and perceiving myself to be an athlete in training for an arctic ultra. I listen to my body more and trust it more (most of the time) – even coming to terms with another significant change in body appearance.


    October 29, 2010

    I have lost 30 lbs and still have a lot more to loose, I can run upstairs and not be winded, I am making time to be healthy and in great shape. My mantra “Don’t let life get in the way of my health” and “Just do it” (Nike).