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Elaine’s Corner: The Conclusion

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As Elaine’s about to mention, I can not believe it’s about to end. I have enjoyed her thoughts and insights these last 10 weeks.

If you are new to Elaine’s series, click here and scroll down to start at the beginning.

Ten weeks! Can you believe it!?!? This ten weeks has been a fresh set of challenges for me – from continuing to deal with some eating issues and nursing an injury that has had been avoiding running for past 19 months, to dealing with two LONG road trips in ten weeks, to learning just how hard it is to blog (I have NO clue how Roni manages to post everyday!). Despite all of this, you know the drill – we must carry on with our motivation, our goals, and our baby steps toward a healthier, happier you.

There are two things I would like to discuss in this final post of my series. First, the topic we have been dealing with for ten weeks – how to keep motivation going when times get tough. Secondly, how we can make motivation our own, with personalized recommendations to keep us going.

Motivation When Times Get Tough

I think of this quote when times get tough in all areas of my life. I love the metaphors present in it – as you read it, I ask you to visualize it clearly – the crinkle of the cellophane, the smell of the cardboard box, the thickness of the playing cards.

"When you’re playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder. Show the world how much you’ll fight for the winners circle. If you do, someday the cellophane will crackle off a fresh pack, one that belongs to you, and the cards will be stacked in your favor." – Pat Riley, famous NBA coach

Times are tough for me right now. After injuring my right foot in the 2009 Pittsburgh Half Marathon, I am still working on healing the injury nearly 19 months later. I’ve had x-rays, MRIs, physical therapy, steroid shots, you name it! What keeps me going?? First, I think of the quote above and a slew of other quotes I have stored for times when I just want to give up. Secondly, I practice positive self- identification, which means calling myself a runner and reading Runner’s World and keeping up on news about 5Ks, even though I’ve been medically advised to not even think about getting out there and running for at least six months more. It gets my motivation because I know that life doesn’t start when I’m a runner, when I’m thin, or when I’m a size 6 – it starts today, each and every day. What are some stories you have about times when motivation got scarce and times got tough?

Making Motivation Personalized

Throughout this whole series, I have tried to think of ways motivation is applicable to all readers. In some cases, I’ve tried to use science or public health information to back my facts about motivation. However, we all know that motivation is that intangible, deep in your gut and soul, indescribable drive that keeps you going and going and going. It waxes and wanes and is affected by mood, stress, hormones, life events, and a slew of other things that can’t be explained.

I think the BEST way to think about motivation is to think about what personally motivates you. Take a moment to put that in to words, because one thing is proven – once you write down a dream, it becomes a goal. Goals have a way of becoming reality! So, take a moment to write down your motivations, whether it’s a quick checklist or a thought-out paragraph. I’d love it if you shared it in the comments and sent a message to the universe that you can reach any of your goals!

Bye Bye!

It’s been a pleasure writing for the blog for the past 10 weeks! So much more work than I could ever have imagined and I’m glad I’ve had this experience. I hope that I have helped each of you think critically about your personal goals and motivations! It is through teaching, however, that we learn – and I have learned so much about myself during this process. Many, many thanks to Roni for giving me space on the blog (I feel like a celebrity!). Namaste.



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Discussion

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    CarolineC

    November 16, 2010

    What’s been really motivating me lately is my own self-esteem. I don’t know how to describe it eloquently, but when I make good choices, I feel good about myself. When I don’t have to make rationalizations or apologies, I’m so much happier. I have mentally talked myself out of some bad choices recently just by reminding myself of how I would feel afterwards. It just feels so good to be living the way you know you should. I find myself trying to teach this to my children too. Doing good deeds, being kind and generous, are ultimately selfish acts because they make you feel so good in your heart. Just like being good to yourself does.

    Also I have been so motivated the last few months by the health/fitness/weight-loss online community. Although my big weight-loss (this time around) happened a few years ago, I only recently delved into this broad community. And I am really loving it. I love motivating and being motivated by people in all different stages of their journey. There is so much support out there, it’s amazing.

    Thank you Elaine! I have really enjoyed the series.

    chandana

    November 17, 2010

    Thanks Elaine ! the entire series was very well written.
    i love the line where you mention life doesn’t begin when… that is so true, to remind myself that life is happening right now and i deserve better and i should do what best i can keeps me motivating.

    Kirsten

    November 17, 2010

    Thanks Elaine! Good writing, great messages, advice and tips. Motivation is key to success along the way especially when one hits the ups and downs in this wonderful new journey.

    Lori

    November 17, 2010

    This series was very informational and gave me a lot to think about, thanks. I love the quote from Pat Riley. I think I love the idea of the underdog fighting her way to the top. Thru your series my motivation has been up and down. Currently on the rise.

    The Lazy Trainer

    November 18, 2010

    Well said. I can’t agree more with your wise words about motivation being a personal thing. As a trainer, people often wanted to rely on me to do all the motivating but it was those that found their own personal motivating factors that had the best success. There are many good sources for motivation and we should seek out what helps us but it’s the deep down personal kind that usually changes our lives. Best wishes to you in overcoming your own challenges! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Diane

    November 18, 2010

    Loved the series Elaine! Thanks for all of your inspirational messages and thought provoking ideas. Exercise is that hard thing for me as I know it is for many people. I think I am best motivated by things that are fun to do. Roni says it all the time and I really do think it is key. Once I find that spark of joy in an activity I am hooked and then the other things (like making healthy food choices) become easier to stick to. Recently I have found Zumba and the classes are a blast. How can you beat dancing around like a fool for an hour with a room full of people? The time flies by and I feel great when its over. That kind of fun activity is what motivates me to continue. (Not affiliated with Zumba BTW ;o)