Maintaining Your Motivation

Maintaining MotivationDoes anyone else ever reach that point where they feel like they are spinning their wheels on their weight loss journey but not really getting anywhere?  I think if you stick with it long enough, that feeling is inevitable.  I am at that point and I have really spent the last few weeks looking for ways to maintain my resolve.  Don’t get me wrong, I am still motivated to reach my goals, but finding the day-to-day strength gets tiring, especially when you have gone a long time without seeing any real results on the scale.

I’m not sure why I am struggling so much with these feelings this week.  You would think after having a 7.2 lb. loss last week that I would feel more driven than ever, but for some unknown reason, I’m still struggling.  I’m struggling not to closet eat, not to engage in emotional eating, and to remind myself that I am eventually going to break past this point I’ve been stuck at for so long.  I guess I’m just frustrated because it seems that every combination of food and exercise I am choosing is not getting me where I need to be.

That frustration got me wondering earlier in the week whether or not my resolve is actually as strong as it needs to be or as strong as I thought it was.  In other words, I am wondering whether or not I am doing absolutely everything I could be doing to boost my weight loss or have I gotten somewhat complacent and I’m just doing enough to maintain my current position.  Unfortunately, I’m thinking that the problem is me.  While I am thrilled that I have not regained any weight, I am not thrilled that I have been stuck at virtually the same point for so long.

So, the question becomes, what am I going to do?  I have really been giving this issue some serious thought for the last few days and trying to be much more aware of exactly what I am doing throughout the day as far as eating as well as how much I am moving.  I am trying to be extremely precise with my measurements and weights on my food and I am making sure to track every single bite that goes in my mouth.  Activity is fairly easy to keep track of as I wear an activity monitor all day every day which gives me a pretty clear picture of how active I have or have not been throughout the day.  With the monitor, I have a daily activity goal and I have worked each day this week to make sure I get at least 100% of my activity in per day.

More Active Than A Tree

I think the key in the coming days is to be keenly aware of what I am eating, what I am doing activity wise, and what my emotional state is throughout the day.  I am not diligent with the journaling but I think if I could become diligent with it, it would really help me.  I think even just a short journal entry daily can be beneficial; I don’t feel like I need to write a book each day.

My goals for the coming week:

  • Track my food intake very carefully
  • Monitor my daily activity and strive for 100% every day
  • Make a conscious effort to journal each day

If anyone else is experiencing these feelings right now, I want to encourage you to do a little self-inventory and see if there are any changes you need to make that you may have been overlooking.  Most of all, I want to encourage you to please not give up!  As difficult as this journey can be at times, the results are worth every single bit of hard work we have to go through.  Lean on others for support and know that you are not alone.  Hang in there; we will all get through this!!!!

Common Cause of Failiure

Comments

  1. There is an interesting chapter on Motivation in the Fingerprints book which can be found in the Success kit at WW meetings. I reread it when I find my motivation waning. You might want to check it out if you haven’t already.

    • I have the book Johanna, but I have to admit I’ve only started it. Can you tell me the chapter number? I would like to read it today and I want to make sure I read the right one. Thanks!!!

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