I’m losing steam. Lack of sleep, stress, exhaustion, it’s all taking such a toll on me this week. I’m barely hanging on to my motivation, or my give-a-damn. I don’t feel like moving, much less exercising. I don’t even feel like typing right now… 😛
We all have those days, or weeks even. Sometimes it really drags on, hey? It never lasts though. Like all things, good or bad, it passes in it’s own time.
I keep reminding myself of that and I’m pushing forward, one foot in front of the other. Blah.
I cannot quit now.
Quitting isn’t really an option. Well, I guess it always is. But my habits have changed so much during this particular low carb challenge in the last 50+ days. There’s no way I want to go back to the foods I used to eat, or the weight I used to be. That doesn’t even appeal to me.
Even if it did appeal, like it has in the past, I already know that it’s just a backtrack. And not a fun or positive one, but rather one that would make me miserable. I’ve already done that anyway – over and over, lol. That was NOT the answer. 😛
Finding Your Motivation Again
Where did the heck did it go, anyway?!
I’m so close to being able to KNOW what it feels like to be in amazing shape. I still have quite a ways to go, but I’m closer than I have ever been in my entire adult life.
I’m happy with the progress I’ve made. And encouraged to FINISH this journey. Some days I have to force myself (lol) other days the motivation comes easy.
We talked about that earlier in this challenge, how feelings are fickle and why you should “feel the void” instead of FILL the void. So powering through is definitely the first thing to learn – through stress, cravings, circumstances, whatever.
The other key is to find new comforts, new reasons, fresh motivation. I’ve been thinking on this a lot the last couple of days. I should have been thinking about it on my feet while out walking 🙄 lol. My energy has been low though, so I started by making a list of things that “perk me up.” Things I can do that make me feel happy, energized, inspired, motivated, that give me a sense of accomplishment, etc.
I think that’s a good starting point. A great workout always makes me feel better. Sometimes it can be something as simple as cleaning out a drawer or a closet that drives you bonkers every day when you open it. For me, creative work – or completing a big project – that usually does the trick.
Those are simple things for the “right now” pick-me-up we need sometimes.
Then there’s the big picture, or the forward thinking – something to look forward to, or some reason to work toward. And that’s when I remembered I’m driving to the beach a week from today! 😯 So there you go… a good reason to get off my A## and get back to some serious workouts, lol.
It helps to have something on the calendar that you want to FEEL GOOD for, and do NOT want to look fumpy for. 🙂 haha. Seriously! I think we all need a dangling carrot to keep us going in the right direction. Consider that: what’s coming up in the next few months that motivates you to stay on track??
But yes… I can’t quit now. I’ve come too far, and I’m too close to finally reaching my goal. It’s never about quitting anyway, just about starting over- again and again (and again). Truth, right?! Yup. And honestly, this has taken far too long already, lol. *sigh*
Hmm. I didn’t feel like typing, but I did it anyway. And I DO feel better now, just talking it out (thank you!). I think most things are that way: just do it anyway, you’ll feel better when you do. So I’ll “do a workout anyway” next. 🙂
Here is my Low Carb Food Diary for Day 53 of the “Get Lean For Summer!” 90 Day Low Carb Challenge. It’s NEVER too late to join us if you haven’t already!
Day 53: Thursday’s Low Carb Meals
I had my usual low carb breakfast. I stir it together and call it low carb cereal. 🙂 It’s 1/2 cup pecan pieces, 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese and 4 small diced strawberries. It comes to 5 net carbs and 85% healthy fats.
For lunch (don’t judge me, lol) I was tired/bored and just grabbed something easy: colby jack cheese, turkey slices & vienna sausages. I needed something quick & easy to snack on while I was working.
I was planning to take myself out to dinner, but plans changed and I had to eat something at home real quick. My refrigerator is getting bare though, lol. I decided to finish off the leftover green beans while I scrambled a couple of eggs…
My eggs were two large eggs with almost an ounce of colby jack cheese.
Very cheesy eggs. 🙂
The green beans and eggs didn’t sit well on my stomach. Go figure. 😛 lol. I was exhausted I think, but I didn’t feel well – so I grabbed a Mozzarella string cheese and a Vanilla Atkins shake just to put something on my stomach so I could sleep.
I don’t even like those vanilla shakes. Blech – entirely too sweet! I don’t know why I bought them, but thankfully that was the last one in my fridge 😛
Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Thursday:
Net Carbs: 19
Total Carbs: 28
Protein: 80 Grams
72% Fat, 23% Protein
Exercise: None 😐
FitBit Steps: 3,048
Water: 32 ounces
I need to figure out a good workout to do today. I’m thinking Focus T25 and 100 reps on my Ab Carver Pro. Ugh, I don’t even feel like moving lol. It’s good weather for a morning walk if I hurry (before it gets too hot for Slim, my great dane) – but I have to make breakfast first, and nothing at all appeals. BLAH…
I’m going to take my own advice above, and just get things in motion and try to break out of the blahs. I’m out of cottage cheese (EEK! lol) so I think I’ll turn on some good music and make the Low Carb Blueberry Crepes real quick.
I’ve been having that thought about an off-plan day again lately. But then nothing off-plan really appeals to me either. 😛 Good grief! lol…
My weight is fluctuating all over the place, by the way. I mentioned yesterday it was up slightly, then another pound up today. So I’m the same weight again today as I was a week ago: 148.4 pounds. The “scale creep” has added 2.6 pounds to my body in the last few days. I feel it too – kinda bloated and fluffy.
I think it’s just muscle recovery, lack of sleep, the blahs… a combination of things I guess. I leave a week from today for a weekend on the beach though, so it’s time to buckle down and break out of this funk!
How are things going with you?
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