I’ve heard it said that more people are motivated by the fear of loss than by the prospect of gain. That’s hard for me to imagine, since I’ve determined I am absolutely in the latter category. Put the carrot in front of me and I’m off to the races (a cookie works even better).
Participating in Linda’s 30 x 5 challenge (part 2) has brought this to the front of my thinking. The first challenge is to exercise for at least 30 min. per day, 5 days a week. I’m actually enjoying that, except for the shoulder muscle I pulled using the new weights Builderman fixed up for me. My technique apparently leaves room for improvement. This week, we added part 2 to the challenge, which means denying yourself a 100 calorie indulgence daily; the fine art of resisting. I believe I’ve heard that referred to as self-discipline. Can you see my eyes rolling?
As a result of this focus, I find myself thinking “what can I NOT have that I want today?” Of course, immediately I start picturing favorite forbidden foods. Instead, I find it more productive to think on “what can I have that’s delicious and healthy?” Maybe there’s a big kid inside me, okay, so there IS a big kid inside me. I’ve got to work with her, so I’ve decided my mind needs to focus on four things I will do today to be stronger, healthier and more fit. Just for today. Tomorrow has enough worries of it’s own, so here’s what I can do today:
1. Eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables.
2. Drink 8 glasses of water
3. Exercise for at least 30 minutes.
4. Celebrate Friday. (That’s a good reason for a celebration, don’t ya think?)
If anyone wants to throw in an incentive for me, you won’t believe what I’ll do for a Starbucks card. : ) What motivates you?