Thursday, December 2, 2010

Weight Loss Psychology: Inspired to the End

South Beach Steve has inspired me tonight by his entry about being uninspired.  I feel that.  I've been uninspired lately.  Uninspired or overwhelmed.  I haven't felt like processing anything into coherent thoughts.  I haven't felt like thinking, I haven't felt like doing and that's not good for me.  Well, that's not entirely true.  I've been very inspired with my fitness program.  I worked out 6 times last week and pushed myself on every workout.  I find peace in my workouts now.  Something I did not think would ever be reality for me.  And, I miss it now. 

I'm amazed at how you can change when you're willing and don't limit yourself.  I was talking with a coworker today who was going to do the program that I'm doing but said she knew she couldn't do it because of not being able to have cream in her coffee and some other restrictions.  We just limit ourselves.  I never thought that I would drink coffee without cream, but I do.  I may add a flavored syrup, sugar-free of course, but no cream.  I love vegetables now, even mushrooms.  I like the foods that I cook for myself...foods that I used to wish would taste as good as they smell, now taste like they smell.  I don't miss salt.  I enjoy the natural flavors. 

In my uninspired funk, I've forgotten how much I like this new me, this new way of living.  I forgot how empowered I've felt by my ability to change, by working successfully toward my goal, by staying the course.  These last couple of days, as I've have to really focus on making sure I'm following my eating program, I've been thinking about how you pick yourself up when you fall.  I actually have no answer, so I'm asking you.  How do you regain your commitment, your momentum, your mojo when it begins to wane?


  1. I'm new to this game so haven't got nearly as much experience as you do but if I'm getting low on motivation or resolve, I read back over my early posts and that helps to remind me of how hard it all was in the beginning and of how I don't want to go back there.

    I also have intentionally written about the worst of my dis-ordered eating so that I can go back and grab ahold of the desire to continue.

    Also, I found the same to be true with other bloggers, I find those that have lost a lot of weight and are doing well and I go back and read the early days of their journeys and it helps to give me perspective on how far I've come and how much I want to keep what I've earned and reminds me that they are sticking it out even when it's tough. I look forward to reading other people's responses. Hope you find your mojo real soon. All the best.

  2. That is a great question. I have also been in a slump somewhat after Thanksgiving. here is a few things I have done to help me keep at it:
    1. Read blogs: by this I mean go back and look at bloggers who have met some great success. Joy, 266 (specially her slide show) and YOU are people I go to often for inspiration.

    2. I read my past posts to remind myself how far I have come.

    3. Think about those grandbabies of mine. I want to be here for them as they grow up.

    I think getting in funks are part of this process. What is great is that you are not allowing yourself the excuse of the funk to derail your progress. Instead, and this is the new you, you are trying to understand what others do so you can keep o moving forward. You can do it!!!

  3. Just as I was opening to read these comments I was thinking of some posts that I had written long ago (ha!) and remember that very thing. Recognizing how much I have been through, things I have learned and things that you forget when you're in the hustle and bustle of everyday.

    I actually feel like my mojo is returning. I feel good, even with all the things weighing (no pun intended) on my mind...I know that I am changed. Sometimes just knowing that funks happen, pass and that recovery is key, helps.

    @Michele--I have forgotten how much strength and inspiration I get from other people's blogs. I have to keep that in my brain.