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Dedication...motivat
ion...that kinda stuff

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Dedication...something I am still learning in my journey to become a healthier Amanda. I know what I need to do. I know how to do it. I just don't have the dedication to keep it up. Something I do have to help learn my dedication...MOTIVATION.

Motivation...something that keeps you going and going no matter what. I have this. I didn't know I had it until this morning.

I woke up at 4:59 AM...I was supposed to be at my running group at 5 AM sharp! We start our run right at 5. I shot out of bed and instead of saying "Oh well, I missed it." and going back to sleep, I shot up, threw on my running clothes....grabbed my shoes and hair tie and left. Didn't pee, brush my teeth, or get water. THen when I pulled up, it was 5:05 and they were gone. =( I was so sad, but I didn't stop there. I drove around until I found the reflecting shoes on the trail. I pulled over in my little civic and off-roaded for a minute to catch up with them. They stopped when they saw the crazy person at 5 AM driving on the grass. LOL. So I missed 5 minutes, but I still caught up and got a GREAT hill sprint work out in.

That is motivation. I was motivated to get my run in. I have this half marathon that is motivating me. Because I have this motivation, I have dedication to running. If I don't have a motivator, then what is the point and why even go?

It was a GREAT feeling this morning. Half way through my run, I realized what I had done. They laughed at me for coming, but the leader commented that not many people would have that dedication and show up after missing the start. I felt wonderful for knowing that something has clicked in my brain.

Now, I need MOTIVATION to eat better. It is time I really brainstorm a reason to motivate myself to lose weight by eating better. I have Halloween so I can look good in a sexy costume...I have the motivation of looking good at my cheerleader's competition in front of the other coaches. I have lots of motivators...mainly physical, but oh well.

...so what is stopping me. I believe it is boredom. I allow myself to get bored and think about food. Then when I'm bored and thinking about food, I eat. So, the problem is, my thoughts. Not the hunger or the cravings...(well maybe cravings sometimes)...but my thoughts take over. So, I have to learn how to retrain my brain to think other thoughts during my "boredom craves". Any advice on how to do this?

Also, I really need advice on nutrition while training for a half marathon.

Overall, I am proud of all I am doing now. I just know that I have to get my eating in check. Thoughts and advice on how to do this would be great.

Thanks for reading if you still are...I know I ramble a lot. It's just nice to think out of my head sometimes. Have a great day and keep on sparking!
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  • AROSESG
    Try to be conscious of your cravings. When one hits, stop and evaluate it-- why am I wandering back into the kitchen after dinner? Am I really hungry or just bored? Then you can decide to do something else!

    I'm working on that too. ;)
    3427 days ago
  • LYNMEINDERS
    It is awesome to think out of ones head...I do it all the time....

    Well done...that is total motivation....I am proud of you....

    When I am walking half marathons I have been told to carb up for 3 days before.....I usually hit the rice, pasta, veg etc and I find I go well on the day.....carbs give you the fuel you need....
    3435 days ago
  • FITMOMMYFORLIFE
    GREAT JOB jumping out of bed like a mad woman to make your run! SOOO awesome and inspiring!

    That's so true what you said about dedication and motivation! I also have the motivation but have lacked the dedication at certain times!!

    I wish that I had advice to give you on nutrition to train for a half marathon but I'm not a runner =p That's great that you're training for one though!

    You're doing great girl!! Keep up the awesome work!! =] emoticon
    3435 days ago
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