Regaining My Motivation To Lose Weight And Exercise

I think it’s time to take stock of my situation and be honest about my fitness and weight loss goals.

The reason for my soul searching is that I’ve had a rough  couple of months in my life and I’ve fallen off the exercise wagon a bit. Not completely, but enough to feel discouraged and unhappy about myself. (What comes to weight loss, I seem to have lost my motivation entirely.)

I also want to know if I’m really doing things that help me lose weight and reach my fitness goals in the long run.

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I think the biggest problem is that my mind has started playing tricks on me.

Lately, I often catch myself thinking like this:

  • “It doesn’t really matter if I skip exercise today. I’ll be more active tomorrow.“
  • “That workout is really boring and I’m busy anyway”.
  • “I don’t really care about weight loss”
  • “Isn’t intuitive eating supposed to make weight loss completely effortless?”
  • “Wanting to lose weight is really shallow.  Aren’t there more important things in my life?”
  • “It’s too much hard work to lose weight and get in a better shape. I just want to relax and enjoy myself for once!”

I guess my thoughts are pretty ordinary, but what do I know (you tell me in the comment section). My problem with this line of thinking is that I believe my thoughts are misleading and if I let myself to go on thinking like that, I’ll start backsliding instead of progressing.

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So where’s the lie in my thoughts? Where do I count one plus one and get three?

“It doesn’t really matter if I skip exercise today”

It probably doesn’t matter if I skip exercise once, but lately I’ve been doing that more and more often. And the more often I skip exercise, the easier it gets. It’s like a slippery slope that leads rogjt p to where I started. And I don’t really want to get back where I started. That would mean I was unenergetic, stressed out and not satisfied with myself, not to mention the long term consequences that would have for my health.

“That workout is really boring…”

Well, how boring is that workout when you actually do that? How do you feel after you finish? I don’t ever remember feeling bored when I finish a good workout – I usually feel energized and relaxed instead. And I can probably do even boring workouts if I think it’s necessary!

“…..I’m busy anyway”

Well, I’m not really busier than last spring, for instance. I can cut the time I spend surfing on the Internet (or watch television) and use it for exercise.

“Isn’t intuitive eating supposed to make weight loss completely effortless?” and “It’s too much hard work to lose weight and get in a better shape.”

There’s work involved in intuitive eating. It’s not some kind of laissez-faire eating style that guarantees weight loss: you need to learn to pay attention to your hunger and satiety signals. You need to learn your real food preferences. You still need to prepare proper meals so you don’t go hungry and start overeating in the evenings (my current problem).

What it comes to it being too much hard work, I suspect it’s an exaggeration: I already have lots of practical experience and knowledge  about eating healthy – it’s not like I’m starting new.  The rest is more about finding a better way to put my knowledge to use in everyday life.

And is exercising and learning to eat intuitively  really as hard as the alternative: being tired, being chronically dissatisfied with your looks, eternal dieting and suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pains?

 “I don’t really care about weight loss”

This is tricky. I do care about weight loss, but it’s probably not on the top of my priority list right now. And I’m not sure how much of my limited energy I should put in the effort for losing weight. But at I know I don’t want to gain weight!

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Part of my plan for regaining my motivation to lose weight and exercise involves taking up habits that have worked for me before.

I mean tracking my physical activity and posting about it on the blog regularly. And even though I may not expect to lose much weight in the near future, it’s better I get in the habit of taking weight loss progress photos (and occasionally even weighing myself) and posting the results (or lack of them) on the blog.

P.S. Also check my post about What is your motivation for losing weight?

Comments

  1. Lori says:

    Satu, something I noticed in all of those thoughts to yourself is that they tend to be negative. It is so easy to fall into the negative trap.

    I like to make positive statements when I think of things. Like getting up early for the gym, I think – “I am going to feel so great when I am finished and then I will have done that item for the day!”

    And weight loss is never easy or effortless, and neither is maintenance! That’s why many people relapse (including myself). Sometimes it is just better not to focus on the weight loss itself, but to focus on all the actions that lead to it and work on those. Let the weight fall where it may.

  2. Satu says:

    You’re right about me falling into the negative trap and it’s a good idea to start replacing my negative thoughts with more positive ones.

    Thats a great idea that I should concentrate on the actions that are going to lead to weight loss (eventually). It makes things simpler.

  3. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! Sorry I didn’t make it here earlier–taking your previous advice and getting off the computer during some evenings lately.

    Regarding exercise, I think I only do cardio because I appreciate my life and need a healthy heart to continue. I only do some of the more boring exercises because they allow me to do the more fun exercises. The frosting of the fitness cake does not exist without the cake being there first.

    Regarding diet, I’m terrified at gaining weight too. The fear of gaining is usually more of the motivation than losing. I perceive myself as not caring about my weight that much, but that’s only the superficial layer. I think I’m quite sensitive to gaining middle-aged pudge on my tummy, wrinkles, and white hairs.

    I do think it’s good to be honest, but I also think it is sometimes good to do exercise more superficially. I often exercise for the point of being a superstar (at least to myself) than for health. That makes it fun and not a burden. I’m trying to figure out a way to make eating well not be a burden either.

    I mentioned you in my post today. 😀

    🙂 Marion

  4. Satu says:

    I’ve been wondering where you are lately, Marion. It igood to that you take care of yourself by cutting computer time. 🙂

    And thanks for mentioning me in your post. 🙂

  5. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! Merry Christmas! I hope you are having so much fun with your two nieces and your sisters. You are my favorite too. 😀 Marion

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