At a WW meeting on Saturday, one of the few male members approached me for advice. He's been coming to meetings for over 2 years and has had awesome success. Lately, he has been struggling at the scale. Why? That's the question. What's the answer? Excuses! He told me of how his elliptical stopped working, how he doesn't write everything down anymore like he used to, how he has had to dig in the pile of "big" clothes, etc. I did tell him that I have struggled at times. I'm doing fine right now, even though I'm a tad bit over my goal. He has struggled since June and has gained several pounds. Each time he gains, he tells himself that tomorrow is another day and keeps waiting for tomorrow.
We've all been there. We're only human! Struggles come out of no where to grab us by the neck and keep us in check. A time of struggle is a great time to reanalyze your goals. Do a 1-minute motivation to yourself. What would you like to happen? What needs to happen for this to occur? Will you make this happen?
I started thinking about the reasons why I started losing weight in the first place. What were the biggest reasons? I wanted to be able to keep up with the kiddos. I wanted to be able to make it as long as I could without needing any medications. I wanted to be able to walk up the steps without wheezing when I got to the top. I wanted to be able to fit into a pair of pants that had the same waist size and inseam size. This is just a quick off the top of my head list and I'm sure I could think of at least 10 more things very quickly.
It's all about motivation. Motivation definitely has an ebb and flow process. Sometimes there is nothing that could get in our way, and sometimes there is nothing that we can do that seems to go our way.
I listened to the Mizfit and Dietgirl podcast today and they brought up an important subject: Thankfulness. There are so many things we should be thankful for and so many things we take for granted, a great way to start back on the right track may be to remember this list of "thankfulness."