Motivation seems to be one of those things that you either have or don’t have at any given moment. It’s a funny thing. Black or white, no shades of grey. And sadly, it seems that you can’t get decent results with half-pie motivation. Weight loss just seems to be one of those areas where a half-assed effort just isn’t going to get us anywhere. I mean, we all know the people (aliens) who stop eating cake and suddenly drop 14 kilos. My husband says to me one day, ‘ I’m going to stop having a cake at morning tea every day,’ and then a week later (it seems), he’s saying, ‘ooh look, I’ve lost 4 kilos!’ And I’m like oh, that’s great honey, well done, (grrr!!).
Unfortunately, that ain’t me, and won’t ever be. I am just one of those people (one of most people) who has to do it all at once to get a result. Eat well, drink well, exercise well, sleep well, poop well (let’s be honest), think well. And if I can manage all these things at once, THEN I get to see some results. Slow, incremental results that can be reversed in a single blowout bound. Let’s face it, keeping up the motivation for this is a big ask! But I am refreshing my memory about why I’m here in the first place, and it seems that I don’t really have any choice. I don’t want what I’ve got, so I have to change the way I do things and get what I DO want.
Biggest tip of the week from my weight-loss book of the week (aka dunny reading) which is Throw Out your Scales by Andrew Cate is that motivation is not going to last forever. You’ll get a push for a bit, then you’ll have to push through it for a bit. The big part is being ready for the hard yards and having a plan ready for when you just don’t feel like it. According to the book, the big thing is to just get going. Nike says, ‘Just Do it.’ My mum always said, ‘fake it till you make it’ which I always found annoyingly cheesy and… correct. Andrew Cate reckons, “it’s up to you to get started and get moving. No one else can do it for you… Begin the process, and gradually the motivation will come. You will find motivation in the doing.”
I guess I find this true. ( as much as I’d like a magic motivation pill instead!) Sometimes I find goal-setting difficult as the fear of not meeting the goal can sabotage me from the start – but when I just say to myself, ‘get out there and do it for today’, often I feel like doing it tomorrow, too. It’s doing it for today until the today’s add up to weeks and the changes start feeling normal.
So, Repeat After Me: until this becomes natural to me; I have to keep acting, keep doing, even when it’s hard, and I can hopefully inspire my own motivation. 🙂