Sunday, March 21, 2010

Balance, Inspiration and Motivation

Balance, Inspiration and Motivation
Ever have trouble with one of these concepts? Maybe all of them?

For years, decades maybe, I thought time was the factor that caused me to struggle with balance. Specifically, not enough time to do be all the things I wanted to be, do all the jobs I wanted to do well. I am retired now, and in theory, the calendar is an open book and still don't have time to get to everything I want to do and should do.
How many of you look at a blank monitor wondering what you are going to write as a blog entry? Do you have a passing thought and dismiss it as too personal  or somehow too local for others to understand and appreciate? Do you feel guilty for not having written in "X" number of days but just don't know what to say or how to start? If it isn't blogging, is it cooking? What the heck are you going to fix for dinner tonight and the rest of the week? Are you a painter, quilter, woodcrafter or musician wanting to create or perform SOMETHING but you don't know what? What inspires you?
Oh, and motivation. Ugh! I could list many things that I do daily or weekly that need no prodding but there are others....oy! I am exercising at a gym three days per week. This is good. But it isn't enough. I need to watch what I eat but you know what? My motivation is at an all time low. I can think of many reasons to feel differently, but I don't feel  like putting any of those ideas into practice.
I know how to count calories, count carbs and count Weight Watcher points. It isn't about how, my problem is to get me to the starting gate. I am down on myself, not having a pity party or anything else that is negative and detrimental in outlook. I am just looking for a spark and have no idea where to find it or how to cultivate it.
Maybe I am overthinking things. Maybe it is as simple as this:
But for those of us who struggle with weight, we know it isn't that simple. If  you know of a key that helps unlocks the problems of balance, inspiration and motivation, would you please share it with me?


Chatty Crone said...

That is a great question. Do you notice that when some people lose weight for real there is a shift in them - something changes. I think it's more than motivation - whatever it is - I'm waiting for the 'shift' in thinking to hit me. Or I could keep my ass out of the icebox - that would work too!


Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

Knitty, I try to use NATURE to help. Make a nature table (motivate yourself to first, I guess!!!) -- put things from the season on it, pass by and look at it often.

Open the windows as soon as your weather permits, let the change of seasons help --

It's very hard, isn't it! I also try to "love the burden." Instead of beat myself up, I think of things as being my burden that I must bear with as much nobility as I can muster.

Anonymous said...

Weight seems to be a constant struggle. I wish I had the motivation that you do to exercise. Every week I start out with the best intentions but they soon go to the way side. I am much busier since I retired too but it's a good busy.