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Day 58 - Maintaining Motivation

Monday, January 26, 2015

I'm finding that for some tasks, staying motivated isn't difficult. I really feel like something is missing if I don't do my workout in the morning. Even though the task of moving all that furniture and boxes of books and stuff was a great workout this past weekend, it wasn't quite the same as a true strength training or cardio session. Not that I'm complaining!

I love collecting SparkPoints on the website, and check my daily tally every day to make sure I'm maximizing every point that I can earn. I try not to take shortcuts, getting as much as I can out of the articles, videos, team posts, and recipes to help me stay on track and make the right choices. Getting those points is a fun activity that keeps me highly motivated to "keep the streak."

Other daily chores can send my motivation into a tailspin. We are trying to get some folks to come out to do a small electrical repair in our kitchen as well as fix some brick work on the front of the house. I make continued calls to companies, leave messages, and then never hear back from them. Yes, these jobs are small, but even a response saying they aren't available would help me stop wasting my time, and theirs. It can be extremely frustrating when other people don't rise up to your reasonable expectations.

As the cook and menu planner in the household, it also falls on me to come up with healthy, delicious dinners 7 nights a week. Steve is a fairly choosy eater - he prefers beef, pork, and occasionally white-meat chicken. He eats turkey one day a year, but could eat a burger and fries every day. He doesn't mind most vegetables, thankfully, although his favorite is potatoes. He's not a fan of sweet potatoes, though, and absolutely no fish or seafood. Boy, does that limit options when I'm trying to put together a week's worth of meals!

I think I have a decent menu planned for this week, but it sapped a lot of energy from me! Thankfully, I got my workout done, so I can now head to the store to shop. If you've got some suggestions for fun, healthy meals given his limitations, please comment! I'm always looking for new ideas.

I wonder what aisle in the supermarket I can find some fresh motivation?
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  • MARGOH12
    I have a similar problem but with five adults, to further complicate things one is a vegetarian and one is a pescitatrian. sometimes I just leave them to get on with it themselves. emoticon
    2223 days ago
    Sometimes going to a different store - bigger one, smaller one, independent, etc. - can trigger new ideas.
    2223 days ago
    You are doing well. One day at a time. Is there a farmer's market nearby?
    2223 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15201693
    I bet you do a great job with the menus! Steve is a lucky guy.
    2223 days ago
    I wish I knew the answer to your dilemma, Steve.

    My hubby is a picky eater, too. He tells me he wants something new and exciting, but really doesn't. Right now he works night work and 1/2 the week isn't home for supper, so I can cook what I like. But come April he will be retiring. I sometimes now cook 2 meals. (easy ones). But I won't be doing that every night.

    Good luck with your meal planning.


    2224 days ago
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