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Wanted: Motivation

NYE2016 is right around the corner!  Which means a few things:

 

  1. 2016 is going to be an exciting year in our family – Amy and I are expecting in February, my cousin Becky in March, and my sister Melanie in May!  Babies everywhere!
  2. It’s resolution time – the gym will be packed and my phone will be ringing off the hook for diet advice!

 

I never really remember making resolutions.

 

Well, there was that one NYE I declared I would stop drinking wine.  That one didn’t last very long (thank goodness)! 

 

We go to my friend Megan’s every year for NYE.  And for the last few years at least, we go around the room just before midnight and talk about any resolutions we have.  I say every time “I want to start taking care of myself.  I’m going to start eating right and moving more”.  It’s a joke of course.  A bad one, but a joke nonetheless.

 

See, my life revolves around eating right and moving more.

 

I made it that way.

 

Once I lost my weight, I created this new life.  One where I’m surrounded by health and wellness the majority of my day.

 

 It’s funny.  As much as I may be an asset to this profession/the wellness path/helping others/etc. – it’s really this atmosphere that is an asset to me.

 

I mean, after all this time, how is it possible to keep up the motivation it takes to continuously make the right choices?

 

To choose carrots over cake?

 

To choose taking a walk over taking a nap?

 

Anybody can choose to do those things as a resolution, but how can you keep it going forever?  As a lifestyle.  Every time.  Day after day.

 

Guess what?

 

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

 

You don’t.  Ooph.  What?

 

You don’t keep up the motivation to continuously make the right choices.  Every time.  Day after day.  Forever.

 

It’s more like the tide of the ocean.  It goes in.  It goes out.  At times the water level looks higher than others.  At times it seems to be lower than usual.

 

But you know what?

 

Just like the tide that rolls right back in, higher than the last, so does the motivation to get moving again.  The desire to make healthier choices.  The yearn for flying high.

 

One of the hardest lessons to learn along this weight loss journey is that your motivation will wax and wane just like the tide.

 

The tide will roar in.  You will be pumped up to get to the gym, happy to choose the salad over fries – MOTIVATED.

 

The tide will sneak away.  You will feel no desire to get moving, burger and fries wins – UNMOTIVATED.

 

And you know what?  It’s ok.  This is the lifestyle change part.   

 

Losing weight.  Maintaining weight.  Getting healthy.  It’s going to have a tide.  Your motivation is going to go in and out.  Don’t forget.  It’s ok.  Completely normal.

 

It’s what you do to encourage that high tide to come rolling back in that counts.  Get those waves crashing again.

 

All it takes is one goal.  One.  Set a small goal that’s attainable.  Work toward it.  Achieve it.  That success will roll your motivation into the next one.

 

No need to wait til next NYE to start over.  Next Monday to start the diet again.

 

For me?  This goal is usually getting signed up for something.  A 5k, 10k, half marathon?  Anything.  Something I need to work toward.

 

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Amy & I at the Haddon Twp Turkey Trot 5k this weekend.  She’s 28 weeks pregnant and still moving (but decided this would be the last race til after baby Schetler arrives)!

 

 

Keeps me going.  Keeps me motivated.  Gets my foot out the door.

 

Weeks where cake sounds better than carrots?

 

I load our fridge up with fresh produce.

 

If you have good food in your house, you will eat good food.

 

My goal might be to eat 5 veggies a day that week.  Or 2 pieces of fruit each day that week.

 

Something manageable.  Something attainable.  Gets me back in the swing of it.

 

Small attainable goals like this are what bring the tide back in.

 

The satisfaction of hitting that goal rolls you into the next one.  Keeps your desire high.

 

So what’s it going to be?

 

What’s your water level look like right now?  Has it been high tide lately?  Or do you need to set a small attainable goal to bring those waves crashing back in?

 

This is what it’s all about people.

 

No one (no one) is perfect along this path 100% of the time.  That’s not realistic.  Doesn’t even matter.

 

What does matter is what you do to get you back in the game.

 

So, what’s it going to be?

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17 comments on “Wanted: Motivation

  1. Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet
    November 30, 2015

    Blimey! That does sound busy!
    All of those babies….! Oh the sleeps nights….
    I shall probably give the gym a miss for the first two or three weeks of the year and let the one time wonders go through their new years resolutions… However, I shall still be busy as there is always my walking and cycling to be getting on with…..!

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  2. Shirley
    November 30, 2015

    Thoroughly enjoyed your blog and will be reading again and again! I so needed this this morning so thanks for sharing this which will help me and many others.

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    • aschetler
      November 30, 2015

      Aw thank you so much for reading! I’m glad something connected with you. Definitely keep reading… So much more support is on the way! You can follow me if you would like, then my posts (twice each week) go right to your email.

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  3. fatgirllosing0826
    November 30, 2015

    Back in the game EVERY time! I’m in mid-tide you know? I’m excited about moving/working out, but my nutrition is lacking. How can I get back in the game there? I start the day really well then it goes down hill……..

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    • aschetler
      November 30, 2015

      Tell me a little more… What does starting the day off really well mean to you? When does it start going downhill during the day?

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      • fatgirllosing0826
        November 30, 2015

        Um well I pre-track everything and then if say one of my coworkers has something I always have to have a bite or if there is dessert I always have to have some. Usually not all but some of it. I just feel out of control even tho im doing my best to make a plan and stick with it. Also sometimes I just want whatever food it is more than losi ng weight at that moment.

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      • aschetler
        December 2, 2015

        Gotcha. How do you feel about pre-tracking everything? Does that give you enough freedom to have a bite of something here and there? It seems like it may be very hard to stick to that each day which for me would make me get discouraged when I don’t stick to the plan. Does that make sense? Have you tried tracking as you go in the past?

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      • fatgirllosing0826
        December 3, 2015

        No I’m a planner (that’s my personality) so pre-tracking works well, it allows me to see how many points I have left to have something different if I want. I just need to reign in the extra bites and things like that. At the end of the day it has to be me to say no to big portions and bites of others food.

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      • aschetler
        December 3, 2015

        Sounds like a plan. The other thing never to forget is… this is real life. And you have lost 75 pounds doing this your way, which is amazing!! So what’s so wrong with a few bites here and there? It may keep you in the game and allow you to stay on this path for the long haul. I’m a firm believer in less restrictions the better… a few bites here and there keep you satisfied and less likely to go overboard. Personally, I think you are doing great! Who can say they’ve lost 75 pounds by themselves, by making better choices?? You should be completely proud of yourself :o)

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      • fatgirllosing0826
        December 3, 2015

        Thank you so much!!!

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  4. Judy Schetler
    December 2, 2015

    I finally had a chance to read this post.  Good one, April and I just love the picture of you two!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Shina
    December 10, 2015

    Ohhhh BABY,Congratulations !

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