Motivation vs. Focus

I recently received this question through my website: Have you ever lost motivation and, if so, how did you get it back?

I had to really think about how to answer that question.  And then it just hit me.  I don’t think that I have ever lost my motivation; however, I have most certainly lost my FOCUS.  Does that make sense?

I feel like my motivation and desire to continue to lose weight is there.  It’s never gone away.  But my FOCUS on how to get me to where I want to be has most certainly waned here and there throughout my journey.  And, in fact, every since March, my focus has NOT been on point at all.

I am happy to say that I’ve recently been able to get it together and get myself refocused.  When I thought about what happened to get me to refocus and get back on track, I realized it was a compound effect of all of the following things…

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#WWAMBASSADOR

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I am super excited to share that WeightWatchers® has invited me to be a part of their Ambassador program! 😆😍

I recommitted myself to my weight loss journey with WeightWatchers® in 2012.  I am still on my way to goal, but it has certainly been one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I am thrilled to continue to share my journey in hopes that it may help others in some way!

You might be wondering exactly what a WW Ambassador is and what it entails, so here’s the scoop…

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Non-Scale Victory: I Haven’t Been Sick!

As I was driving into work and received a text from a coworker that she wasn’t feeling well and wouldn’t be in today, I realized that I could not remember the last time that I was sick.  I’ve had some minor stomachaches (usually from something that I ate) and I’ve even had some headaches (that seemed hormone-induced).  But, outside of those minor aches and pains, I haven’t been sick.

I usually always got the cold at least once each year.  Sneezing, coughing, sore throat, and congestion.  Sometimes led up to brochitis each winter.  I have been lucky (*knock on wood*) to have never had the flu before.  But, colds were always a thing.

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How to Get Motivated Again When You Feel Stuck

For the last few months, I’ve felt stuck in my weight loss journey. I think it all started in September when I got injured after the Disney Half Marathon (which was followed by Conquer the Bridge and then a basketball tournament in Las Vegas). I was diagnosed with tendinosis (chronic tendinitis) in my right leg. An injury I got from a lack of proper and consistent training for my significant activities in September and general overuse.

In October, I focused on my food instead. And despite having a week-long work trip in Washington, D.C., I lost 14.2lbs just focusing on my food!

But then November and December hit. I managed to maintain, which is good. I was going to physical therapy and taking a break from basketball and much of my regular exercise routines.

I thought January would be a reset. New Year, New Me, right? WRONG.

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I’m Not Weak. I’m Smart.

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to chat with my WeightWatchers® leader, Jocelyn.  I shared with her that I’ve been feeling stuck lately.  I have really been struggling to get beyond my 95lb milestone.

I shared with her that for the past few weeks, I’ve been sabotaging myself on Friday nights for no apparent reason. I come home and I’m on the hunt for anything and everything to eat. And, I find my way to the fiesta size bag of Mission tortilla chips that I always have in my house. And 90% of the time, I manage any temptations to over-indulge and binge on them. The problem is, when I do have those temptations to binge, they’re there. (And hallelujah if there’s also a block of cheese or salsa in the house too!)

For months (and, more accurately, probably years!), she has encouraged me to not buy the tortilla chips.  Every time she told me this…

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