My bad. This was supposed to be posted a few weeks ago and I totally dropped the ball. Better late than never I guess...plus I want to get you up to speed with Lisa's progress before releasing her latest (and greatest) results.
[Lisa] This past week many either went back to school or have children who went back to school. In my case I added teaching 3 college courses to my schedule. As I sat at my computer, all day last Sunday, preparing lessons I felt the familiar tug of sweets calling my name. I was not hungry, but eating has always been the way I have dealt with the stress of a deadline or the stress of anything for that matter.
The blog saved me once again.
I admit, even knowing I was going to be writing an entry for the blog, I was still tempted. Two months in and 9 lbs. down I worry that I won’t be able to stay motivated for the long haul. Years ago I lost 50 lbs. in a little less than a year. I remember the excitement as the numbers went down. I was able to stay focused and get to my goal. Since then I have attempted to lose the weight I had gradually let creep back on numerous times. I would last a few weeks maybe a month or so and then it was over.
I’m thinking I need some additional ideas. Mike, I know competing is the motivator for you but is there anything else that keeps you on track?
[Mike] It’s not important what motivates me, what’s important is discovering what motivates you. In my book, PURE PHYSIQUE: How to Maximize Fat-loss & Muscular Development I wrote about this topic at length. In short, everything we do—everything—is to achieve pleasure or avoid pain.
Nothing is more gratifying than looking in the mirror and knowing your present condition is a result of your own doing. Conversely nothing can make you feel worse than looking in the mirror and admitting your present condition is your own doing. You see there comes a point when external motivators (like fitting into a certain dress or winning a contest) are not enough and it is your values and standards that move you towards your goal or keep you from slipping backwards.
If you’ve been accepting sub-standards for yourself then it becomes easy to justify eating things you know you shouldn’t or when you shouldn’t, as well as skipping workouts or avoiding activities that are critical to your success. Raising your standards and holding yourself to them is the key to staving off temptation. If the thought of not achieving your goal does not elicit negative feelings that you would do anything to avoid rather than harbor inside then it might be time to assess what you value most. Similarly, if achieving your goal does not elicit excitement and make you want to take proper action then it might be time to assess your values. Namely your value of self.