Monday, June 6, 2016

Keeping Motivated

I run an online weight loss group and I've learned a few things from doing it. 

Motivation is the key to success.  You have to find what motivates you enough to say NO to your excuses.  Because we all have them.  

too tired
no time
that time of the month

Over the five rounds of competition I've hosted the people who have the most long-term success are the ones who say "I'm tired of it, and I will be stronger than my excuses"  

But some days that's tough.  
Like today.  

I went to the dentist this morning for a quick filling, and ended up laying in that chair for three hours of unexpected, painful dental work.  I got home and my jaw was throbbing.  I was in so much pain and all I wanted to do was swing by the store for some soft comfort food.  I almost did.  But then I remembered WHY I am on this journey.  I want to be healthy for a LONG time.  I want to live for a long time, and be a good example to my kids.  So I drank a big glass of water instead, and made myself a nice chocolate raspberry protein milkshake. 

I have my whole life to indulge in sweets for special occasions...but I won't if I constantly give in.  There is always an excuse to eat poorly.  And I am an emotional eater...I want chocolate and chips and gummy bears and Oreos and a giant bowl of jambalaya.  I want it when I'm happy, sad, lonely, in pain, depressed, I said: emotional eater.   But I am slowly taking each day and each desire to overeat in stride...and conquering it.  

What are excuses that have conquered you in the past?  How are you doing at standing up to them? 

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