My Motivation To Lose Weight | Day 9 of P90X 90 Day Challenge | It All Comes Down To Motivation

by Erica

My motivation to lose weight trembles with Tony’s admonition that we are once again about to embark on the “Mother of all workouts!”

Who says that, really? Just before a workout. Yikes!

You may recall a week ago when I first did plyometrics I just wanted to puke! Well, not much has changed.

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The Face Of Pain

I still feel like I want to puke!

I just wasn’t designed to jump. Gravity has me firmly rooted to the ground. Leaving it via my own momentum is just not natural, nor comfortable. In fact it’s downright painful.

There’s one exercise where you have to do a squat in a running position, and then jump a half turn. I always feel like Wonder Woman when she does her twirl.

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Wonder Woman

Actually that brings back a very painful memory of me going as Wonder Woman to a costume party. What the heck was I thinking???

OK so here’s the deal. What on earth keeps me going when I think I’m about to pass out, I’m giddy from the spins, I can’t breathe, I think my heart’s about to explode and there’s still 32 minutes left on the clock. What keeps me going??? MOTIVATION – that’s what.

My motivation to lose weight is SO STRONG that NOT going through the pain of the workout will be MORE PAINFUL than the workout itself.

You see, my motivation to lose weight has grown into something so much bigger than myself. I want to break through the limitations I have set for myself for the past 33 years and PROVE that getting the body I deserve CAN be done! And let me tell you something. I have failed MASSIVELY at this for 33 years. If I can do this – ANYONE CAN!

I want to share something with you that I learned about myself today. It’s the reason I’ve thrown away the scales and the tape measure.

I feel great right now. My jeans are a little looser, my tummy is a little flatter … but all that aside, I FEEL GREAT! Now what do you think would happen if I went to the scales and one of the following 3 things happened?

1) The scales didn’t move as much as I thought they should.

2) The scales didn’t move at all.

3) God forbid … the scales went in the wrong direction.

All of the above have happened to me in the past whilst dieting. So what do you think happened to me each time? I felt defeated, devastated and depressed. How do you think that affected my motivation to lose weight? Pummeled into the ground. History.

So what’s the point in weighing myself? It doesn’t make any sense. If my jeans are feeling loose and I’m feeling GREAT – why not just go with that? It’s a journey.

SO THIS IS WHAT I LEARNED TODAY.

If you have positive expectations, you’ll get positive results.

When you get positive results, this will lead to positive reinforcement of yourpositive expectations.

Which leads to what??? More positive results :  )

But you MUST find an OVERWHELMING motivation to lose weight. It must move you to your core. Your motivation to lose weight must be so important to you, that NOT losing the weight will be unbearable.

So take a few moments to think about what YOUR motivation to lose weight could be. Maybe you want to find love, or be healthier for your children, or go for the job of your dreams … maybe you just want to look in the mirror and see a proud, confident, sexy and strong YOU looking right back at you. Maybe it’s just so that you can live the life you always dreamed of living. Don’t you deserve that?

Of course you do. Join me in throwing away the scales and the measuring tape and getting back to a more sensible way of losing weight. It doesn’t need to be so darned complicated.

I have found a real simple way to do this. At the end of 90 days when I have proven that it works I will share it with everyone. So watch this space.

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frivolous fanny January 21, 2012 at 11:51 pm

That’s hilarious. I’m liking the comments about the scales…going in the wrong direction. It’s true too, our mood can be defined by a number on a scale. How did we all stray so far from the path.

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Erica January 22, 2012 at 1:18 am

Hello Frivolous Fanny! What a fabulous name : )
And yes, crazy isn’t it that our happiness can be dictated to by the reading on a set of scales. I can’t tell you how many times I have stood in front of a set of scales and held my breath, praying that the results would be there. Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Gloria Marshall … you name it – I’ve disgraced them all! It got to a point where I would only weigh myself in front of my husband and he had to look at the scales and tell me if it was going to be a good day or a bad day. Tragic!
Look forward to seeing you again : )

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