Motivation, Motivation, Motivation.
That’s pretty much the main ingredient we need to keep our heads up.
It can be tough at times and I will freely admit that in the past it has been very tough for me, even as recently as two weeks ago when I felt as though I was on the “bones of my ar$e”
But please know this everyone.
Things get better and life becomes great again.
Now I know I sit and preach from a computer keyboard but I have been there myself on all too many an occasion yet today, well today I feel quite wonderful. Things are going well, I am looking ahead to the future with a great deal of enthusiasm and positivity certain in myself that my dreams will become reality and that my writing career will garner pace and eventually take me to where I want to be.
We all have dreams and aspirations and we must always keep them with us. At first my dreams were simple, just lose a bit of weight and everything will be better in the future. However, as time progressed and I increased in size, my motivation went the other way and I was struggling to keep afloat. Nowadays I am motivated beyond belief because having been fortunate enough to undergo weight loss surgery, I have started to lose weight and although I have a good way to go, I am feeling the benefits every day like I have never done so before. This is where my motivation comes in, this is what has made me the man I am slowly becoming.
In the past if I didn’t fancy the walk, I wouldn’t do it, if I didn’t fancy the gym, I didn’t do it and if I wanted to eat crap, well I just went ahead and did it.
So much has changed because of my own personal motivation.
I now sit at home and feel guilty that I haven’t been to the gym or walked enough. I feel guilty yet at least today I shouldn’t do because my feet are in a mess with blisters and walking, power walking or gym work should be out of the question. YET, my motivation starts to creep in and starts to fill my head with “perhaps we should just try that gentle walk” or perhaps we could do a Strength training session at the gym” So I did. I walked in a little pain and at the end of it, I felt as though I had achieved. I went to the gym as I shall do today and I will have achieved again and this is all down the the fact I am able to keep myself motivated.
Certainly we are all different and we all have different trigger points but if I feel one coming, I think about the amount of good I have done myself over the past six months and I turn it around and use it against my doubts and desire to do nothing or eat the wrong food. I am lucky because my motivation is my blog. It took me many years to find but once I had done so, well everything fell into place and the rest has been history if I am honest. I have said before that I hold myself accountable to this blog but even with it, I admit I am no paragon of virtue for sure, I still eat rubbish on occasion but it is not everyday. It is not what I live my life for, it is no longer my enjoyment.
So we must all take our motivation where we can get it, but it must come from within because if you rely on someone else no matter how many times they kick you up the backside, it isn’t your mind that wants it, it is theirs and you are simply along for the ride.
To win, we must lead and to lead we MUST be MOTIVATED!
FOOD DIARY:Tuesday 22nd September 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|Breakfast||2||50gms||Toasted Rye Bread||178.5||4.9||48.26||1.45|
|3||Mini Muffins||Egg, Cottage Cheese and Ham Muffins||390||54||12||12|
|Lunch||1||Small Bowl||Quinoa and Greek Feta Prawn Salad||198||25||13||7.9|
|1||400mls||Phd Very Berry Recovery Drink||290||23.04||46.1||0.96|
|Dinner||2||83gms||BBQ Smoked Salmon Filet||416||40||8.4||24.6|
|2||75gms||Rye Bread Toasted with Cashew Butter||416||12.48||73.7||13.2|
That is pretty much all I can say about that..!
I think that is the highest or second highest calorie total I have managed since my operation so to say I am not very impressed with myself is an understatement! I can see where the extra calories have come from and it is too much BREAD! Even though I choose to eat one of the healthier bread options I can see it is creeping back into my diet so this needs to be curtailed. Obviously it increases the already high carbohydrate totals which are again boosted on training days by my recovery drink. I think I will need to sit down and assess this diet of mine in a little more depth just so I can see where I am hitting the high points and what I can replace them with. Maybe some more protein is required but I will have to see….
As for exercise yesterday, well it was the day after a gym session and a decent (if a little slow) walk with the dog. I then spent the day helping by brother sort out some junk and deciding what was for the tip, the charity shop and for eBay, easy I hear you say? Not when every decision is followed by a trip up and down a flight of stairs….
I am positive it would have made a good total on the Jawbone Up2 but due to the fact I forgot to charge it, it had to stay at home whilst I was off gadding about so I am once again saving you guys the misery of witnessing how much I do in a day!
Today I shall be walking slowly again as the heels heal and then I shall go to the gym for a 90 minute workout so rest assured the screenshots will be back in force when you next return…. 😉
Stay out of the fridge.