Week 11 Weigh In

Weight loss this week: .2 lbs
Total weight loss: 19.6 lbs

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Motivation and energy were low, low, low this week. I blame the cold, but honestly, they were low before that too. My motivation is cyclical. I simply can’t stay up and focused forever.

The cool thing, though, is that because of the challenge, I may not be losing weight, but I’m also not sabotaging myself. I can’t just blow it off and binge on yummy processed carbs because that would void the challenge. I’m too mercenary for that!

Speaking of mercenary, I have a huge project coming up at work. It will likely run from April/May through October. Now, I’m a contract worker, and so they generally limit my hours, BUT they also don’t want to hire a bunch of new people. If they want this project done, they’re either going to have to work me to death or staff it, because the scope is simply too large for anything else. To be honest, I hope they choose the former, because I’d like to fund the remodel of the basement. 🙂

I’m also looking forward to the challenge of the project, no matter which solution they choose. I adore the big, nasty, scary projects, and I beg for them when they come up. I think they’re fun (even though I have moments where I hate them).

So I’m not sure what will happen with my motivation over the next week. I learned long ago that there’s a switch in my brain. When it’s on, ANYTHING is easy. When it’s off….

The issue, of course, is that I don’t know how to flip the switch. If I could figure that out, not only would I be thin, fit, and a prolific novelist with well-trained dogs, but I would be a billionaire, because I’d sell the secret to the world. EVERYONE would be the best they could be if we knew how to keep that motivation switch flipped on.

I’d like to get to the point where it doesn’t matter if the switch is on — where I would do all the right things habitually. But I’m a long way from that. If the switch isn’t flipped, I do what I have to do and no more.

The good news is that I know it’s cyclical. I may not be on right now, but it will come back around, and I’ll be re-energized.

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2 Responses to Week 11 Weigh In

  1. Sounds like you’re doing great. Yeah, as human beings we can’t be “up” all the time, but you aren’t giving in to processed carbs and all the other temptations out there. Excellent progress is what I see in this. Go you!

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks, Maggie. I’m pushing every possible boundary right now, but I’m not stressing *too* much. Fortunately my husband is absolutely ROCKING his program, so at least we’re having success somewhere in the house!

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