Pushing the Rock: Finding Motivation to Lose Weight and Get in Shape

September 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

The most difficult things about losing weight and getting in shape is taking that first step and starting a program. The second most difficult thing about losing weight and getting in shape is to keep going on a program. It’s one thing to start pushing the rock up the hill, but it’s another thing all together to keep pushing it up hill – one moment of hesitation and gravity takes over and the boulder rolls over you, all the way back down the hill.

Right now, I’m having a hard time finding the motivation to actually start a diet/workout regime. It’s been years since I had crystal-clear motivation. The only thing that got me to 123 lbs for my wedding was the fear that guests I had not seen in years would think that I looked fat in my wedding gown. But once the wedding was over, so was my motivation.

Every now I again, I get micro-bursts of inspiration. I get frustrated that I have a whole wardrobe in my closet that doesn’t fit anymore, or I see a recent photo of myself and I cringe. It’s usually enough to get me going. For a couple of days or a couple of weeks but then I regress. And a few weeks later, I go through the whole process again.

Where do you get your motivation?

Sisyphus’ Rock: Welcome to the Frustrating World of Weight Loss and Gain

September 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have been thin and I have been heavy, never really fat, but certainly plump. At my thinnest, I wore a size 4. At my  heaviest, a 14. On my wedding day, I weighed 123 lbs. A honeymoon later, I was up to the 130s. I had a gift registry filled with kitchen toys and no job. I cooked, I ate and I gained. A couple of years later, I got pregnant and ballooned up to 176 lbs. My daughter is now three-years-old and in that time I have lost and gained, lost and gained the same 10-15 lbs.

I read diet books like other people read novels. From the blockbuster Atkins and Zone plans, to the more obscure Rotation Diet and Dukan. I’ve tried Body for Life and Leanness Lifestyle, the Perricone Promise and the Paleo Diet. I’ve tried detox plans from Ann Louise Gittleman’s Fast Track Detox, to Dr. Alejandro Junger’s Clean. I’ve read Natalia Rose’s vegan-raw food-detox books, I’ve read Skinny Bitch. I’ve even read the Maker’s Diet and Mindful Eating. You name it, I’ve tried it.

I have walked and I have run. I’ve done TaeBo and Power Yoga. I’ve tried Bootcamp and Pilates. I have spent hours in the gym and amassed an impressive workout DVD collection. Again, you name it, I’ve tried it.

I am an expert at starting a diet and workout plan and following it to the letter. For a couple of weeks. But as soon as I start seeing results, and start feeling good about my progress, temptation waxes and motivation wanes. I have a stressful full-time job and a rambunctious toddler. Food is my drug of choice. It calms, comforts and eventually, mocks. And before I realize it, all my effort is for naught. Sisyphus’ rock has rolled all the way down and it’s time to push it back up. Again.

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