February 22, 2010

Down But Not Out

What is up with all the "down" attitudes around the blogosphere this week? I thought it was just me, but I have read blog after blog of peeps who are super frustrated and having a hard time. I haven't posted about it much, but I have felt myself slipping a time or two in the past few days. I am starting to lose the fire I began with. Why is this happening to us? WHY?!!

I had time to think while I was perusing aisles at the supermarket tonight and it hit me. Biggest Loser fans--you will get this. We are at the point in the show where one of the super heavy-weights is holding onto the rails of the treadmill. Pretty soon Bob comes up to tell them to get their blankety-blank hands off the blankety-blank treadmill. Then the person says they can't. They start to cry. Bob laughs in their face and hurls a few more obscenities their way...

But underneath it all--the spitting, the cursing, the rage--what Bob is really trying to say is: DON'T YOU DARE GIVE UP.

This is when they... I... YOU have always given up before. Am I right? This is when it isn't new anymore. Going to workout doesn't have quite the same appeal it did. It is getting harder. The pounds aren't melting off and it's just not as rewarding as it used to be. This is the crossroads we all come to and we have to make a choice.

This time I say we make a different choice. We have to. Do whatever you need to do. Cry, scream, eat a gallon of ice cream (okay, maybe don't do that) but whatever you do, when you are done doing it--choose to press on. There is a prize to be had and I, for one, have never gone far enough to reach it. This time I am. I SO am.

Are you?
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11 comments:

Sandy said...

Keelie, you are such an encouraging, inspiration!!! Keep it up! :)

Stacey at Living by Faith said...

Yep, it is at this crucial point that we so often turn away. If we will push through the pain, the struggle, and all the other baggage that comes with being overweight, we can break free of this cycle and become the changed person we desire to be...for life!

Yes...I AM SO IN!

Googie said...

I will do it too!! This is the time in my life that I will follow through with it. Thanks!! It also doesn't help that The Biggest Loser is off right now and a bunch of skinny athletes are in place of it! LOL

linds said...

You are amazing! Right on the button. I too have read post after post on people just not "into it". I actually was going to post today too on the same subject. My title was going to be "My give a damn is busted". Think I may change that up a bit....

:)

Rosa said...

I said DON'T YOU DARE GIVE UP this morning when I ran 3 miles on the treadmill and really wanted to stop at 1. I kept going. It was hard. It was painful. It burned. I needed air. But I kept going. And I didn't die. So thank you for the motivation.

I just wanted to let you know that the Pic in the header is my ice cream recipe. You can find it here:

Stuffing My Feelings Dairy Free Ice Cream

Alexandra said...

Great post, Keelie! I'd noticed a bunch of bloggers having a rough time, too, and sure enough, it hit me a little bit this past weekend, as well. But we can all get past it!

Kelly said...

Thank you so much for this! I am a blogger that has been in the rut lately and had a huge meltdown yesterday. I needed this post!
You are soooooooooo encouraging! I said to myself last night, DO NOT GIVE UP. I'm gonna keep on. I want that prize that I've never been able to reach before. I can do this.

You are amazing. I hope you know that. :)

Allie said...

This is a great post. For me it's funny because I learned in psychology it takes 8 weeks to form a habit, and I'm in week 7 right now. Weeks 5 and 6 were not awesome, but I've been back on track. It almost seems like I was self-sabotaging from getting to that habit stage that will happen in a couple of weeks! Keep at it - it will pay off!

The Sweet Tooth Obliteration Operation said...

Ah that is am awesome post! I feel like the days are dragging and the scale isn't moving and I keep having sweets shoved in my face and will I ever be happy with myself? I know I will, I know my attitude towards food has improved sooooo much but it is hard to get past this point and I will keep going and not revert back to old habits of binge eating and raiding the pantry after the roomies go to sleep.

Thank you! I know you can push through it and we will do it together!

Jaimie aka FatChick said...

I agree totally, this is the time that so many of us start to lose ourselves. The initial "honeymoon" phase of the weight-loss, diet, and exercise plans have started to wear off and for the most part, weight loss is starting to slow down and even out. It's during this time that so many of us (myself included) get frustrated. The Fat Chick Weigh was talking a bit about this on her blog today because she's losing followers on her blog and realized it's the people who have let their insecurities get the better of them and have deleted their accounts.

But we will do this :) Keep up the great work!

BTW, I used to think Bob was the nice trainer, the softie, lol. Not anymore. I still like Jillian better though.

Minnesota Mami said...

I remember in psychology class in college we learned how February has the highest rate of depression diagnoses, suicide attempts and people being hospitalized for emotional issues. I think there were a # of theories why...the proximity to the holidays, the shortened month, the fact that it falls at the tail end of winter after several months of cold and less sunlight...who knows. Perhaps the 'February Curse' is playing into all our 'down but not out' posts! But I, like you, have felt a renewed vigor and energy and commitment this week.

We ARE doing this! :)