Two days into the new year and I’m kicking butt! I’m a little worried about this snow we’re getting tonight and my #2014RunStreak…
..but I’ll make do.
Anyway, I answered a couple of questions on Facebook this week and I wanted to share them here.
Are you still doing these (Ask Roni’s)?!
So here’s my question – finding motivation, then momentum – and then KEEPING it – how do you? Need advice.
I’m in the pattern of ‘tomorrow I’m going to start the plan’ and I have a good breakfast…Sabotage starts around lunch. Incessant snacking takes over through the afternoon. By dinner I’m not hungry. But of course, eat anyway. And then I say, ‘tomorrow I’m going to be good’.
Just can’t maintain motivation longer than late night planning and morning coffee/veggie omelette!
Longing for a ‘streak’ to gather some momentum.
Thanks for any feedback!
Yes Kathleen I AM still doing them but I’ve been slacking! Here’s to a new year of trying to get ahead.
That being said, on to your question which is a doozy!
I’ve been in that cycle a LOT and honestly, it STILL happens now and then.
One thing you need to understand is that motivation is not to be kept, it’s to be found. Actually, I’d argue it needs to be constantly searched for.
Sometimes I’m motivated simply by keeping a food journal. I love the challenge of making healthy food choices and entering them into MyFitnessPal. Other times I want nothing to do with it. I’ll enter breakfast then, like you, fall apart by lunch. When I feel that pattern emerging I look to something else to motivate me. Maybe it’s a running event or a new class at the gym. Maybe it’s an online challenge I join. Maybe I make up a new recipe with the kids or try a new food.
My point it you can’t sit around and hope to be motivated — you have to take an active role in it. You have to push yourself to try new things, whether it’s food or exercise or experiences. Don’t sit back feeling sorry for yourself. Don’t give yourself a guilt trip about it. Just actively seek out something fun you can latch on to for the time being and when it no longer serves you and you find yourself back in the pattern move on again.
If I had to share my one big secret this would probably be it. This is why I used to weigh in daily but now I don’t all. This is why I’ll food journal for stretches of time. This is why I start things like #wycwyc and #2014RunStreak. It’s all about finding my motivation and it’s a moving target.
Hope that helps, Kathleen! Anyone else want to share how they find their motivation?
I am on weight watchers and for the last 2 days I have been eating like a pig. How do I restart and get my head back in the game.
Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. Now that it’s the new year I’m going to assume you got a shot of motivation and have already restarted. If not, my advice still applies.
First, let’s take the word “restart” out of your vocabulary. You have to stop the dieting cycle. There is no more “on diet” and “off diet” days. If you want to lose weight this is one of the first things you have to overcome.
Second, the desire to eat “like a pig” is something you are going to have to learn to deal with. If you are searching for that full feeling start making different food choices. If you are stress or emotionally eating, make more conscious decisions about what you turn to. Sometimes it’s not about fighting yourself, it’s about working with your cravings and desires and finding a balance.
Third, when you do “eat like a pig” regardless of what you choose or how “bad” it was you move on WITHOUT GUILT. You don’t feed (pun intended) the perfection mindset that says you already screwed up so you might as well keep eating. You STOP eating and make the best choice you can at your next meal.
Fourth, you CONSCIOUSLY put your head in the game. You wake up every day and remind yourself that you are in control of your life. Do you want to eat healthier? Move more? Weigh less? Then live a life that supports those goals. You don’t have to do it perfectly, you just have to do it. Day in. Day out.
Progress not perfection.
I hope that helps, Latisha. I’ve been where you are and I know it’s a hard cycle to break.
Any other advice you guys want to add? I’m sure many of you can relate as well.