Motivation Progress Report II

It has been two weeks since I started working on getting motivated. I am being good and going through the motions, but the motivated feeling isn’t what’s driving me, it’s the “should”s. It’s not ideal, but I am getting things done. Is that what matters most?

Exercise. I’m still doing a 5am run every other day. It is becoming a routine and getting easier to do. My cardiovascular health has already improved significantly. I wish my legs would improve as fast. My shins and hips are complaining a bit. I think I may need new shoes. I’ve been trying to make the running a pleasure. I run for 30 min and then walk for 30 min. The walking is the part I can look forward to. I can enjoy being outside and enjoy being done with my exercise for another 48 hours. It is nice to have this time to wind down instead of running and then heading straight to the shower and then off to work. Overall, the running does make me feel better and hate my body less. I don’t think I have lost any weight yet, but I am not weighing myself. I am using the fit of my clothes to measure any loss. Hubby says I would see more results with the numbers, but I can’t make myself get on the scale.

Food. Counting calories is hard. Some things are easy, like baby carrots. I can scan the bar code on the bag with my phone and enter the number of carrots I ate and it calculates the calories for me…easy. What’s hard is when you have a meal without a bar code and there are a bunch of ingredients. You either have to put in the whole recipe (tedious) or estimate based on meals that are already in the Fitness Pal database. I try to over estimate the calories when I do this…it’s better than under estimating. I’ve been doing alright, not great. A friend came over the other day and brought tim bits (doughnut holes). She left them on my coffee table when she left. I should have thrown them out, but I ate them.

Work. I’m totally frustrated and uninspired. I have had a few small successes this week though, so I’m trying to focus on those. I got a program I needed fixed, so I can continue writing a paper I was working on. Yesterday I spent the whole day at the hospital trying to recruit people for the studies I am working on. No one was qualifying, so it was quite boring, but then at the end of the day three people qualified and they all said they were interested. This is excellent as most people say no. Hopefully this will give me the boost I need to get more into it.

flowers vs weeds scan

Trying to focus on the positive

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. weebluebirdie
    May 30, 2014 @ 12:18:51

    Well done on the keep fit routine! I’m going to try to do more walking as a start to fitness- will take a walk up the hill after tea. Been working from home today – with a bit more success! Some good boxes ticked!.Too much procrastination in morning let me down. Could soldier on this evening, but I think the walk will do me more good. I can do 3hrs tomorrow morning to make it up. Next week I will focus on better eating and enough sleep. Oh, and I’m going to have a go at the daily blog!


    • somberscribbler
      May 30, 2014 @ 12:29:20

      Thank you 🙂 I’m glad to hear about your walk and that you’re doing better with working from home. You have a lot of goals! Just remember that it’s ok to slip once and a while. It’s really hard to be healthy, work and blog. At least I find it hard to keep up with it all. I’m trying to focus on giving myself props for trying to manage it all rather than beating myself up for slipping up this week (with my doughnuts and lack of blog posts). You should give yourself a pat on the back too!


      • weebluebirdie
        May 31, 2014 @ 05:50:41

        Thank you! I actually worked on for longer and nearly didn’t go for the walk. But so glad I did. The sun came out after I started. I went exploring and over to a new hill and loved seeing familiar views look so different. Most amazing was that there were so many larks on the hill all singing their little hearts out!

  2. NotAPunkRocker
    May 30, 2014 @ 12:58:28

    Hey, small steps are a good thing and you really are just getting started…and off to a good one at that!


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