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Saturday, July 09, 2011

"Feeling unmotivated is what happens when you're not really making conscious choices at all -- you're just responding mindlessly to various triggers in your environment, or operating on autopilot based on old habits and conditioned behavior." Coach Dean Anderson -- Sparkpeople.com

This describes the base of my struggle. Triggers, old habits and conditioned behavior ... especially my struggle to stick with MY plan in the face of others' "plans" (their "plans" are more fun, less demanding, taste better, don't involve sweat & sore muscles or 2 showers/day, etc.) BUT following my plan is awesome: smaller bod, better attitude, pride in my self-discipline, hopes for a longer, healthier life. A no-brainer! So why is it such a struggle?
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    I think it isn't just our triggers, habits and conditioned behavior, it's our biological instincts too. Humans weren't designed to have a huge over abundance of food available from dusk to dawn with almost no effort, and our ancestors did not face an advertising industry bent on inundating us with appetite triggers!

    Humans developed in a world where it was important for survival to eat when good food was available, so unless we make a conscious choice not to, it's what we do. We were designed to put a little muscle into getting our calories, and to having a cycle of more and less abundant seasonal unprocessed food resources.

    Divorcing ourselves from nature is not really possible, and our attempts to separate ourselves from the natural world is not healthy for us. Re-connecting with what our body needs to be happy and healthy is the way to go.
    3377 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8158758
    Old habits are hard to break. And to me it is easier to grab junk food than eat healthy! Not good! I have to learn to love to cook-because I have always hated it! That is my struggle! So, hopefully we can all continue our lifestyle of eating healthy, exercising and giving up the bad stuff, that will sabotage our efforts. I know what helps me stay on the straight and narrow- seeing my husband lying in a hospital bed last year, after having stents put in his heart. If he had been doing the right thing he wouldn't have been there and we wouldn't be that much poorer from all the hospital bills. I don't want to be the next one laying in that bed! I will never go back! Full steam ahead! emoticon emoticon
    3387 days ago
    I think it's a struggle because old habits die hard, very hard, and sometimes we're such creatures of habit that it's too hard to change. It's work, and who wants to do that?

    We do, if we want to be healthier!

    3387 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4519295
    I have decided I can follow my plan while at home, but on vacation I have enormous touble denying myself the goodies and treats. It is a struggle, but then so is life. But it is well worth the living too!
    3388 days ago
    Lol!! Yup! I have to follow MY plan, and you must follow yours!
    I have had to learn this several times over as well.... it figures. LOL!!
    What's emoticon for me may not be best for someone else.

    Great Blog!!! emoticon emoticon I'm cheering for you!! ...and all the sweat you're going to lose! LOL!!
    3388 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/15/2011 11:39:35 AM
    I guess it's all about priorities. Sometimes we just have to prioritize away from ourselves. Doing that too often is a recipe for disaster, as much for our loved ones as for ourselves. I know you have the right balance in your life and you will make the right decisions when required.

    Keep the faith my friend.
    3390 days ago
  • TERESA159
    Because to do your plan you have to be selfish! You have to say NO to people and that's not easy but it is what we must do. We do know what's best for ourselves.
    3392 days ago
  • CHEEKY1000
    The harder we work for something, the more we appreciate it. And we really, really, really need to appreciate our health and our bodies--without them, we'd be nothing. Literally. lol

    "Taking action without focus is a recipe for disaster." Jillian Michaels

    You ARE taking action and through SP you are focused. Therefore, you are a continual success! You are emoticon !!!
    3393 days ago
    emoticon I like your plan - mine's very similar too emoticon
    3393 days ago
    Getting fit / staying fit DOES require a huge commitment. It isnt easy thats why the rewards feel so good. Could it be that your plan is incompatible with your circumstances? I mean you have a particular lifestyle that you like. You are not likely to adopt a new group of friends nor hubby. Would it be possible to modify your plan a bit so it blends better with your lifestyle? For me, I ride hours each week. I am single, focused on a new career and fitness, and have independence cravings teens in my life. I know that should I get "the job" or a relationship with the opposite sex I would want to change things a bit. For now, I am enjoying the freedom of being self-focused. You have accomplished much Nancy. Be proud. Take a moment to re-evaluate your goals. If you find they really are important and reasonable then know that you are having a normal response that we all have from time to time. Allow yourself to be sad then move on. If you cant make your goals woek without undue stress then create new goals but skip beating yourself up. Also, know that your stress is bound to be high this month and being extra kind and gentle with yourself is deserved!! emoticon
    3393 days ago
  • no profile photo HOTPINKCAMARO49
    I can relate! It sounds like you are on your way - emoticon
    3393 days ago
    Good question!
    3393 days ago
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