As we enter the last weekend of 2018 here's hoping we can finish off most of the goals we set for ourselves. That we take some time to look back at what went right and congratulate ourselves. That we don't berate ourselves for the things we didn't do, but put them on the list of things we will accomplish in 2019. Let's celebrate the joy of just being us!
The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!
Never give up what you want the MOST for what you want at the MOMENT!
I’m breathing, I’m able to walk and talk and take care of myself, I have a roof over my head and food in the pantry. I am very fortunate, I know, because a lot of people can’t say that. I can and I will learn to take care of myself and to enjoy what I have instead of being upset over the things I don’t have. If I am going to become more fit, I have everything I need to do it. No excuses.
Good to see so many people posting here. Storkbyte, we've all been there, It's hard not to focus on the stumbling, but please don't say anything to yourself you wouldn't say to a friend who is struggling. You wouldn't say such harsh things to someone else, so don't say them to you! Every day is a day to start again. It's HARD, but you're harder!
Just checking in here and cheering each other on with pep talks is a good step.
WE are going to change ourselves because we love how it feels when we take care of ourselves.
WE are going to be kind to ourselves, just as we would be kind to our friends who need support.
WE can do this!
Pounds lost: 36.7
Fitness Minutes: (27,393)
5,500 10/21/18 6:37 P
Logged in yesterday for the very first time in a very long time. September was a horrible, drab, cold wet month and so far, October hasn't been much better. We lost the sunshine and I lost my motivation. I'm definitely angry with myself for regaining the small number of pounds I lost. So many unhappy emotions in my life right now. And then yesterday, I was trying on clothes (because I've "outgrown" many of the them) and took that look in the mirror with that lighting (you know what I mean) and just about lost it right there in the change room. When did I get like this? How did I not really notice? Every time I restart SP, I last maybe a month. I just don't know how to stay with it when there never seems to be results.
Anything is possible--except skiing through a revolving door.
The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.
Your body keeps an accurate journal regardless of what you write down...
This board is so encouraging. I get down and give up a lot when I have no reason for that...I am stuck in a bad cycle. I want to stick to sparkpeople until I get into good habits but its so challenging. I need some motivation
Pounds lost: 3.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,572)
10/5/18 8:33 P
Just for this minute. When this minute passes, start another minute. Maybe you can take an hour or more, but for now, decide that you will take care of yourself now. Not tomorrow. Not after some event coming up. Start now.
You don't have to commit to the rest of your life. Commit to NOW.
Oh my goodness, I SOOO needed to hear all of this encouragement - especially about being good, worhty, etc. I try to remind myself but we get in a rut sometimes. I am worthwhile, loved, well, and many other positive things. I must learn to focus on this!! Just getting back to Spark and going through some posts and so glad I found this board!!
Edited by: SDNIX60 at: 8/22/2018 (12:11)
Every day is a new day and a new opportunity for improvement!
You can't get rid of me that easily! Good to see you here, too. Come check out my spark page if you're ever wondering where I am. I'm on nearly every day. I post pep talks when I think I need one. I usually need one.
Life is a gift, not a given! How will you use yours today? Find a way to be JOYFUL even if only for a few minutes. JOY in your life helps make everything else easier. Did you see a spectacularly beautiful spiderweb or tree? Did you hear a child laugh? Did you hear music that made you feel like moving? Pay attention to the things that bring you joy just as closely as to other things in your life. You deserve the joy, too!
Well done on losing weight over a challenging time! I like cauliflower as a replacement for rice/potatoes/pizza crust. Try Caulipower pizza in frozen foods. It is tasty and only 380 calories for half a pizza pie.
Pep talk for today — Today is a ‘no excuses’ day. When your internal voice says you’re going to put off what you should do, you can tell that voice that you don’t listen to ANY voice that underestimates what you can do, not even your own.
Wait! Think! You know that mindless eating is a problem, right? WORK on that. Every time you head to eat, make it a point to decide if you are truly hungry, if you will eat something your body needs, and if there are other ways to deal with whatever emotion you're feeling. Let's do this. Let's take control of our actions and our food. You can do this. Just wait and think.
To repeat the message of the original post: this is a place to read and post pep talks. We all need them and we can all give them! So many of us have spent our lives telling ourselves how stupid or fat or messed up or terrible or whatever we are -- we say things that we would NEVER say to anyone else we love. Here is the place to start changing those messages into positive messages.
You are WONDERFUL whether you think so or not. Remind yourself of that!
Persistence pays off. Keep going. You're going to make it because you're going to keep with it. You love how it feels as you lose weight and become strong and healthy -- keep that feeling with you. You may not have developed the right habits yet, but keep pretending you have and eventually they will BECOME your habits.
My stand-up sets are all based on my experiences living in countries around the world and my career that took me those places. I do make fat jokes as part of my set, which I hope I will not be able to do much longer. One of the hardest things about being a comedian is when people essentially tell me, "Say something funny!" There is a lot of work that goes into developing a new set and it has to come from something. If I ever do find myself doing a set about weight loss, I'll definitely post it on SP.
OK, today's pep talk is very specific to me. If anyone else gets anything from it, that's great, but I have something to tell myself:
Hey, you! You're going to be GREAT tonight! Your stand-up set, the sketch, the Harold, it's all going to be a lot of fun. You're FUNNY! You left them laughing and wanting more the last time you did stand up, you can do it this time, too. This show is going to be such a success! Knock 'em dead!
Someone always has a worse situation to yours. That doesn't mean you don't have it hard, too! It's OK to complain when, yes, things are hard. Let it out. Then, figure out what you're going to do about that, break it down into small steps, and do that. It sounds like that's what you're doing, LivelyGirl.
Stick with it! Don't give up! You CAN keep going and you WILL keep going because going back to where you were is not what you want for yourself. You're learning new ways to look at food and fitness and those lessons ARE paying off, even if you don't see the immediate results in the scale. You're feeling better, your clothes are fitting better, you have more energy... Keep it up! You rock!
For Livelygirl, it is good to see you are staying with this, too. Supporting one another is what this thread is all about, and your comments really help a lot. Thank you!
No fooling -- you've got this! You know what to do. The hard part? Paying attention! It's so easy to let yourself stop paying attention when your inner voice says to go eat and you just go grab something. Don't do it! Log every bite. That will make you think about it and when you think about it you eat better.
Plateaus are a pain but you know what? That plateau weight you've hit is someplace you desperately wanted to be not so long ago.
When you break through this plateau, you are going to be SO glad you stuck with it and didn't give up. You're going to look back at this time and be proud of how you listened to all the plateau advice, took it, and broke through! You can do it! You will!
well you know the golden rule probably and pay it forward... well blessings will collide into your path. Or should I say, you sow what you reap. Okay, so you got off track off the sidewalk or path, briefly.
your usually hugging us by your inspiration, so watch out, its going to boomerang back to ya. Don't get knocked over.
This just endears us toward you, we all trip or get side tracked. It can be a nuisance at times.
I mean, we want to eat anything we want, and not exercise (LOL ). Rather nap on the couch.
Coming here today to read the pep talks already here -- I need some. I've really stumbled. I'm not stopping. I'm not giving up. I'm already back on today tracking and exercising, but I need to pick up some pep talks today so that I don't look backwards over the last few days. Forwards!
YOU are worth it. You help other people. You are kind. You work hard. You have a sense of humour. Think of all the things that you do every day -- there are people who are lucky you are there for them! Your fitness is only one part of who you are, and it's not the most important part. You need to be fit to be better able to do all those other things you have in your life, it's true, but those other things are the real key to who you are.
Take time to notice the good you do in the world, and stop beating yourself up over your mistakes. No one is perfect, but you are wonderful.
today I made a good choice for my lunch out. Whereas several days ago, I ate several handfuls of Traders Joes baby cookies.It would of been fine, if I didn't eat so many. I was tired for nearly 2 days.
I must certainly think that the Spark Community is very supportive. I know we have all sorts of beliefs. I just thought since this area is entitled , " Staying Motivated, pep talks..... I wished to express my thoughts.
I attempted to share my ideas respectfully, and thought of how I could say this and not offend or step on toes. I wanted to share my opinion, because it is beneficial to some.
I also lost my best friend and mom. This helps me stay more on target. However, I am trying to get better to get more consistent. I assume this is a goal that unifies us.
Whether you believe in G-d, or some other 'higher power', you are not alone on this journey, LivelyGirl2.
For some people, the 'higher power' is the community here on SparkPeople. You can feel the warmth, the support, the caring. Our community includes people of all faiths, including people who do not follow any faith. What we share is greater than what divides us or, as Maya Angelou said, "We are more alike, my friend, than we are unalike." Don't be afraid to share what works for you! We all look at what the community says, take what works for us, and let the rest be.
So, today's pep talk is, "If you haven't found what works for you, keep looking! If you've found something that does, keep doing that! We are stronger together!"