Gaining motivation from words


When I am not in control and don’t care what I am eating I have no interest in motivational quotes.  I have no interest in weight loss stories or TV programmes either.  They are for other people.  But now that I feel more in control I love motivational quotes and have many favourited on my twitter account.  I also read them regularly and do actually (I kid you not) draw inspiration from them.  And a casing point was last weekend.

I was trying to work out how many pounds of weight I needed to lose to make my target.  Then it hit me-a lot.  A massive amount.  And I had only scratched the surface.

Suddenly all the positivity that I had built up came crashing down.  It would take months, maybe longer, to lose the weight. It had taken so much work to get this far, and that was nowhere.  I must admit for a brief moment I started to panic. And then I remembered this:

Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go.

So I thought about how far I had come.  The compliments.  The slightly looser clothes.  The enjoyment in exercising.  Then I thought about carrying on my modest progress for a few more weeks.  What could that mean?  Another stone off before Christmas?  Maybe another pb at parkrun?  And then I relaxed. I have a long, long way to go but by celebrating what I have achieved the journey doesn’t seem so long and painful. It seems achievable. So whoever wrote those words, thank you.  They have helped keep me on track, and am sure have motivated many others.

All the best,

Woodyrunning spoon

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