#MotivationalMonday: New Year, Renewed Missions

It’s almost 2015. Do you know what your resolutions are?

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My resolutions are usually the same but my focus improves year after year. The new year is motivation for me to improve upon myself and my life has been steadily moving upwards since 2012. I know that it’s only going to get better.

2015 WILL BE MINE!

Goals for 2015:

1) Achieve AND MAINTAIN my goal weight;

2) Consume a 75% pescatarian diet (this will help with my cholesterol);

3) Blog at least 3 times a week about engaging/interesting topics and gain more followers while retaining the existing ones;

4) Exercise at least 3 times a week;

5) Read more non-fiction in an effort to broaden my mind.

These may sound like generic goals but these are the things that are important to me and things that will make a big difference in my life once I achieve them.

If you haven’t decided on what your resolutions are, I came across a list of resolutions inspired by TED talks and I’ve definitely been inspired by a few of them!

What are your resolutions, missions and goals for 2015?

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Motivation

My sister-in-law told me earlier this week (and this isn’t the first time) that I’m her motivation. While I’m flattered, I always have trouble wrapping my mind around that. I mean, I’m fat, lazy and regularly fall off the wagon. How can this be motivating?

But then I realized that despite these things, I never give up.

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And I can see how that can be motivational to someone. So, even though there are days that you feel like you’re just floundering, you have to keep going because you never know when you could be motivating someone to make a difference in their own life.

Now, if I motivate her, what motivates me? My son is my motivation. There are days when I want to attach my FitBit to him and see how many steps he takes in a day and then record them as my own. He moves that much! And I want him to keep moving! I don’t want him to ever fall into a sedentary life and forget how much fun running in circles around the couch! So, he motivates me to get my weight down and get my energy up so that I can keep up with him and be a great example to him as he gets older.

Kids are observant. They see EVERYTHING! If he sees me making healthy choices, he’ll want to do the same. And this doesn’t only apply to health. It applies to moral and ethical choices as well. Children are born as a blank slate. They love everything and everyone equally and wouldn’t it be wonderful if they stayed that way? But they learn from their parents what the right and wrong things are (even if these things aren’t the right and wrong things and even before their parents deliberately try to teach them these things).

And so far, this motivation is working! In the last month, I’ve lost 13 pounds and I’ve made massive changes to what and how much I eat. I’ve not had fast food, soda or delivery pizza in 42 days and I intend to keep this going well into the new year. The new year will also see me looking for a regular exercise regimen. This is truly going to be a lifestyle change rather than just a diet.

What’s your motivation? It can be a new dress, health changes, family or loved ones. Only you can define your motivation and nobody can tell you that your motivation is wrong. So, if you haven’t already found it, figure out what it is and let that motivation move you to be successful!

While thinking of your motivation, enjoy the most motivational song of the 1980’s.

Love/Hate Relationships and preparing for 2013

I’m in a love/hate relationship with my scale and it’s the most frustrating thing ever. One day I stand on it and I’m rejoicing over the 5 pounds I’ve lost and a week later, I’m in tears over the 10 pounds gained. Frustrating, I tell you. Frustrating with a capital F!

While I understand that the scale is not the only measure I should go by, I can’t help but get annoyed when I see progress upended by “weight gain”. Especially when that weight gain is just water weight or bloating (and being a woman, I’m subjected to that at least once a month…stupid periods).

This frustration is part of the reason why I changed my blog from Mission SlimPossible to Mission FitPossible. I may not have lost a ton of weight in the last few months and I’m not slim, but I’m definitely fitter. Seven weeks ago, I would have never thought that I could run 25 minutes straight. Or that I’d be registered (and continually registering) for 5K runs. When I started this journey it was hard as hell.

The food.

The constant battle with the scale.

The temptations.

Just one more cookie.

But for every step backward, I take two steps forward to make sure I stay on path.

As the end of the year draws nearer, I’m no where close to hitting the goals that I had set for myself. Rather, these goals have transitioned into new goals once the reality of the situation set in. Life happens and I’ve grown to understand and accept that. All I can do is remain focused on that yellow brick road and I’ll make my way back home.

It’s time to break out of this relationship with the scale and start planning (SMART) resolutions for 2013.

Resolution #1: Don’t get mad at the scale and remember the NSVs (non-scale victories).