Monday, January 8, 2007

Slogging Through

Weekends for me are always kind of a bust. We do a lot of socializing, which means restaurant meals and wine. Moreover, things like "movie nights" always require popcorn and candy!

To counter this, I always try to begin the week with a renewed sense of commitment.

Unfortunately, today I'm feeling less-than-motivated.

But we can't expect to be motivated every day! We can't expect every step of our healthy living journey to be filled with high hopes and a strong sense of commitment. If that were the case, losing weight and getting fit would be easy.

And if it were easy, everyone would be doing it.

The key to meeting our goals is to "slog through it." Weight loss and fitness comes easy on the days we feel motivated and committed. But the true test of our determination is the day when everything seems to fall apart. When we feel lazy. Or bored. Or exhausted. Or stressed. Or anxious. The true test comes when motivation is not in sight, and we must face the buffet dinner or the treadmill. The decisions we make when we're not feeling motivated are the ones that will mean success or failure.

Because, in reality, we'll probably have more days "low motivation" days than "high motivation" days.

So, today, I'm slogging through despite my desire to curl on the sofa with a good book.

I'm eating healthy bean soup for lunch, and healthy stir-fry for dinner.

And I'm doing an upper-body strength training routine, plus an additional 30 minutes of cardio.

I'm doing it even though I don't feel motivated, because the final goal is more important than my current mood.


Meghan said...

This is all so true.

Good for you for pulling through!

Kellie said...

Marvin Phillips: "The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!"

Add a little "umph" to your "slogging" and you will always succeed. You are doing great!!

Weekends are always a challenge!!

Fatinah said...

way to go for not curling up on the couch! you rock!

Anonymous said...

What a great blog entry! Very true, and very inspiring. If it were easy, everyone would do it...

Krista said...

That's soo true!

Good for you for slogging through. Keep up the good work!

Michelle said...

Go go go! You can do it!

Tee said...

I really don't have anything to say, your post said it all...if it was easy, we wouldn't be going through the process of losing weight.

Very nice post!! Keep pushing, you can do it!!

jeannie* said...

Great post. And way to slog through it and ignore the temptations!