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post #1 of 29
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Just a questions for everyone....what motivates you to do the things you need to do and why? What REALLY motivates you to do the things you need to accomplish in your life/career, gym etc?

What do you do when you aren't feeling so motivated and need to get yourself out of a "don't care" rut?
post #2 of 29
I dunno. Food?

Actually, probably going home being away from all people & snuggling with my kitties. I am a hermit.
post #3 of 29
I just make myself believe I don't have any other choice. Not doing it, isn't an option.

Like going pee..You have to go. You can't put it off. It will be done.

So when I think that I am not "feeling" up to getting on that treadmill, I tell myself "You don't have a choice."

Then after I am done I am happy.
post #4 of 29
Oh yes, we have been there! Sometimes you just fall into a "don't care" attitude...it depends on the situation how we get out of it.

If we are in a rut, we try to get out of it by doing things that make us happy like going for a walk, being with our cats, doing activites we enjoy...we need to get out of that mood in order to get back to being motivated again. Doing stuff like that kick starts our motivation. We can do it! We will do it!

post #5 of 29
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I dunno. Food?

Actually, probably going home being away from all people & snuggling with my kitties. I am a hermit.
Natalie!! you are so funny

in my case I need to find something to motivate me because I am completely unmotivated my kitties are the main motivation to go to work cause they need fed, but other than that
post #6 of 29
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Natalie!! you are so funny

in my case I need to find something to motivate me because I am completely unmotivated my kitties are the main motivation to go to work cause they need fed, but other than that
same here aside from working my butt off to put food on the table/etc and help run the house, i'm just exhausted and completly unmotivated. (not good! i've never ever been that way before- but lately i'm just not motivated to do much of anything.) i've been just trying to make myself do stuff (go to the gym, clean house, etc but i still am not motivated) i'm also completly not motivated to plan my wedding much or do hardly anything else. i'm really excited about it and all - but i just feel too overwhelmed to do much of anything at the moment - Colin's beeing really supportive about it though (we talked about it today) so i'm greatful i have him to keep encouraging me a bit- that helps!. I'm hoping this is just a temporary rut and i get over it very quickly. It's just a compounding thing- i'm not happy at my job, planning the wedding is stressing me out because of the money factor, and everything else ya know- so i'm just trying to break it down one thing at a time and tackle it- that seems to help a little. This stinks though- it is soooooooo not like me to be unmotivated-i used to be super active, and had about 5 projects going on at once and then i had some heart issues a while back and at doctors orders was unable to do much of anything...i got used to not doing much- so now that i can it's weird trying to start back up again! I'll get there though. You will too hon! I'm kind of in your boat right now though just about the only things that make me happy are my animals and Colin.I feel bad though- i have a lot to be greatful for, i just physically am exhausted. I'm still just going to "make" myself do stuff and hope that helps.
post #7 of 29
One thing i HATE doing is mowing my yard. I will wait till the very last minute to do it. Sometimes after work i work out and when i come home i feel energized so i normally try to do it on those days. Most of the time, once i start something i dont mind doing it.
Now when it comes to house cleaning, i'll start one thing and before i know it i've done ten things and sometimes i have 3 things going on at one time LOL I'd much rather sit on my couch with my babies and watch lifetime!!
post #8 of 29
Nikki, are you sure there isn't a health factor in you being stuck in this "rut"? I know you've said before that sometimes some of your health issues can get you down in the dumps.....
post #9 of 29
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One thing i HATE doing is mowing my yard. I will wait till the very last minute to do it. Sometimes after work i work out and when i come home i feel energized so i normally try to do it on those days. Most of the time, once i start something i dont mind doing it.
Now when it comes to house cleaning, i'll start one thing and before i know it i've done ten things and sometimes i have 3 things going on at one time LOL I'd much rather sit on my couch with my babies and watch lifetime!!
Humm maybe i should start hitting the gym after work and instead of my days off (because they're spaced weird.) I need to get on a regular schedule. I agree though- once i start something- i will tend to keep it up, it's just the whole getting into the swing of things and starting something up that makes me feel overwhelmed.

The house cleaning i like though- i love to keep the house tidy so that's not an issue. Fortuantely! Now if i could just motivate the kitties to scoop their own litter
post #10 of 29
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Nikki, are you sure there isn't a health factor in you being stuck in this "rut"? I know you've said before that sometimes some of your health issues can get you down in the dumps.....
I'm not sure. I have a slight suspecion it might be my bc pill. A few months ago my doctor switched me off one i had been on for years and put me on a new one that's supposed to help me more with my severe cramping/etc. (I have polycystic ovarian syndrome- so i was desperate - if there was a chance it'd help, i was game!) She switched me off Yasmine and onto a newer version of it called "Yaz" - the thing i'm wondering about is- Yaz is also made for women with PMDD- which i do not have...so i'm wondering if some of the ingredients in there are making me worse as i have NEVER had any issues like this before. I am going to ask her about putting me back onto my old pill or another one if possible and just see if that helps. If it improves- i'll know that had something to do with it, if not- i can see if its something else. I did notice that these changes in my mood started happening right around the same time she switched my pills so i'm just curious if that has anything to do with it. No other factors have really changed that i can think of.
post #11 of 29
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Humm maybe i should start hitting the gym after work
LOL well i go mon, tues and thurs. I take wednesdays off to get a breather during the week. BUT trust me-- getting in the gym (i work out at curves so its 30 minutes) is hard for me. I have to push myself but once i get in there i'm fine and feel much better after the workout.

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Now if i could just motivate the kitties to scoop their own litter
THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!
post #12 of 29
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LOL well i go mon, tues and thurs. I take wednesdays off to get a breather during the week. BUT trust me-- getting in the gym (i work out at curves so its 30 minutes) is hard for me. I have to push myself but once i get in there i'm fine and feel much better after the workout.

THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!
Same here! Once i get to the gym- i'm fine -i'll do an hour of cardio and then do weights/etc with no issues what so ever. It's just dragging my butt into the gym that i have the issue with

Oh and i agree- it would be AWESOME if my kitties would scoop their own litter
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Just a questions for everyone....what motivates you to do the things you need to do and why? What REALLY motivates you to do the things you need to accomplish in your life/career, gym etc?

What do you do when you aren't feeling so motivated and need to get yourself out of a "don't care" rut?
lol greed? well not really, There are things i still i want,Not many and some i will never get(unless i win multi million lottery) such as a my own Jet, a boat that i can sail around the world with. hehe dont need just want.

When it comes to some other things, I hate to lose.
post #14 of 29
Oh, I have a terrible problem with motivation. I only really "clean" clean the house when we are getting company. I straighten up, sweep, dust, but to actually REALLY clean, it's because someone else is coming to visit. The only thing that motivates me to go to work is the mortgage payment and the little thing called "food". I hate my job, but apparently I'm not motivated enough to look for another one. I have lacked motivation my entire life. Going to the gym?? LOL!! yeah, right.

Ok, I guess I have nothing positive to add to this thread.
post #15 of 29
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lol greed? well not really, There are things i still i want,Not many and some i will never get(unless i win multi million lottery) such as a my own Jet, a boat that i can sail around the world with. hehe dont need just want.

When it comes to some other things, I hate to lose.
Ohhhh I want a sail boat too!!!!!!

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Oh, I have a terrible problem with motivation. I only really "clean" clean the house when we are getting company. I straighten up, sweep, dust, but to actually REALLY clean, it's because someone else is coming to visit. The only thing that motivates me to go to work is the mortgage payment and the little thing called "food". I hate my job, but apparently I'm not motivated enough to look for another one. I have lacked motivation my entire life. Going to the gym?? LOL!! yeah, right.

Ok, I guess I have nothing positive to add to this thread.
don't feel bad love- i feel a bit like you do at the moment. the reason for me starting this thread though was to get some feedback from others to try and encourage everyone to get motivated/etc! i definitely think a few of the answers have helped too!!!

oh yea and i'll clean your house I LOVE to clean
post #16 of 29
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oh yea and i'll clean your house I LOVE to clean
You're hired!!!! When can you start?
post #17 of 29
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You're hired!!!! When can you start?
next time i go to Va, i'm your girl!
post #18 of 29
WooHoo!! Of course, you realize that I would need to clean the house before you came to clean so you wouldn't think I was a slob.

It's an evil cycle. Ok, I'm now motivated.
post #19 of 29
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WooHoo!! Of course, you realize that I would need to clean the house before you came to clean so you wouldn't think I was a slob.

It's an evil cycle. Ok, I'm now motivated.
My mom says her customers do that!!! My mom owns her own business, cleaning homes for a living and she says that her customers do that ALL the time! It cracks her up They're always cleaning before she gets there to clean so that she doesn't think they're messy (they're sooo sweet! Some of them she's cleaned their homes since i was a baby! I LOVE her customers!)
post #20 of 29
How well are you eating????
I find that if I have been eating more junk food (like soda and chips) than I usually do I do not feel as motivated!!
What works for me is to break down tasks into smaller parts and say do something that can fit in a commercial break if you are watching TV (about 2.5 mintues!!)
Or I'll set the timer on the stove/microwave and tell myself I am going to spend say 30 minutes doing this one task.
Its seems to work out pretty well!!
post #21 of 29
My motivation is I know if I dont go to work or whatever then Ari will suffer so I just get up and do it.
post #22 of 29
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How well are you eating????
I find that if I have been eating more junk food (like soda and chips) than I usually do I do not feel as motivated!!
What works for me is to break down tasks into smaller parts and say do something that can fit in a commercial break if you are watching TV (about 2.5 mintues!!)
Or I'll set the timer on the stove/microwave and tell myself I am going to spend say 30 minutes doing this one task.
Its seems to work out pretty well!!
Thanks love! Those are good ideas!! I am eating pretty well- i use whole wheat pastas, brown rice, lean meats to cook with, fresh veggies,etc- i make just about everything we eat myself so i know exactly what is in it (i have GI issues so there are quite a few things i can't eat -so it's better if i make everything myself. once in a while i will go and get fast food or eat out though- but it's not often) I definitely am a sucker for sweets though so i try to limit how much i have. I haven't had soda almost 10 years- i don't drink carbonated things (except an occassional beer or wine cooler once in a long while). I drink lots of water and try to eat 5-6 small healthy meals/snacks a day. So i don't think it's my diet...but i could be wrong though.

I am going to try your timer trick! I like that idea!!

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My motivation is I know if I dont go to work or whatever then Ari will suffer so I just get up and do it.
I think that beautiful little girl is a GREAT motivator! (we need new Ari pics!!!)
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Thanks love! Those are good ideas!! I am eating pretty well- i use whole wheat pastas, brown rice, lean meats to cook with, fresh veggies,etc- i make just about everything we eat myself so i know exactly what is in it (i have GI issues so there are quite a few things i can't eat -so it's better if i make everything myself. once in a while i will go and get fast food or eat out though- but it's not often) I definitely am a sucker for sweets though so i try to limit how much i have. I haven't had soda almost 10 years- i don't drink carbonated things (except an occassional beer or wine cooler once in a long while). I drink lots of water and try to eat 5-6 small healthy meals/snacks a day. So i don't think it's my diet...but i could be wrong though.

I am going to try your timer trick! I like that idea!!



I think that beautiful little girl is a GREAT motivator! (we need new Ari pics!!!)
New Ari pics. HMMM I think I can do that for you. Let me see what Ive got on here and if I have some I'll post them.
post #24 of 29
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I only really "clean" clean the house when we are getting company. I straighten up, sweep, dust, but to actually REALLY clean, it's because someone else is coming to visit.

Yea me too!!
post #25 of 29
It's very hard to motivate me. I'm a homebody and I usually don't like to go out, unless it's with DH. Plus I admit I'm somewhat lazy so that makes it really hard to get motivated. My attitude is more like "I don't feel like it"
post #26 of 29
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You guys, i feel soo stupid! I know what's causing the issues, geesh i feel dumb for not even thinking about it, but living with it every day you just get used to it. It's the PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). It (and all the lovely side effects related to it - heat flashes, sweating, fatigue, mood swings, weight gain, carrying weight at my belly (i look pregnant i swear), the horrid cramping...everything.. is causing ALL my darn symptoms. I am going to make an appt. to see my obgyn soon and try to get it straightened out a bit maybe with a different bc pill because the one i use now is doing more harm than good At least now i realize when i had not even really thought about. That stinks though, i think the PCOS is getting worse for me.

Anyone else have it? How do you cope with it/symptoms that go along? (there are different side effects- not everyone has all the symptoms of it- me for instance, i don't have alopecia or any kind of hair loss - mostly mine is a bit of weight gain as of recently (reguardless of my good diet/exercise), sweating (gross i know!), fatigue- gosh i could sleep all day if i had the chance!, hot flashes, cramping horribly, bloating, mood swings on occassion (but nothing too horrible)....I gotta get my hormones straightened out- i'm thinking that has a lot to do with me not being motivated lately- i just feel too "blah" to be motivated about much. It makes sense now when i think about it. thankfully though now that i realize it- i can maybe get a little help!
post #27 of 29
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You guys, i feel soo stupid! I know what's causing the issues, geesh i feel dumb for not even thinking about it, but living with it every day you just get used to it. It's the PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). It (and all the lovely side effects related to it - heat flashes, sweating, fatigue, mood swings, weight gain, carrying weight at my belly (i look pregnant i swear), the horrid cramping...everything.. is causing ALL my darn symptoms. I am going to make an appt. to see my obgyn soon and try to get it straightened out a bit maybe with a different bc pill because the one i use now is doing more harm than good At least now i realize when i had not even really thought about. That stinks though, i think the PCOS is getting worse for me.

Anyone else have it? How do you cope with it/symptoms that go along? (there are different side effects- not everyone has all the symptoms of it- me for instance, i don't have alopecia or any kind of hair loss - mostly mine is a bit of weight gain as of recently (reguardless of my good diet/exercise), sweating (gross i know!), fatigue- gosh i could sleep all day if i had the chance!, hot flashes, cramping horribly, bloating, mood swings on occassion (but nothing too horrible)....I gotta get my hormones straightened out- i'm thinking that has a lot to do with me not being motivated lately- i just feel too "blah" to be motivated about much. It makes sense now when i think about it. thankfully though now that i realize it- i can maybe get a little help!

At least you know what is wrong, that's half the battle, Nikki. They still can't figure out what is wrong with me and I've seen 3-4 different doctors. I wish it would just go away. So lately when my symptoms get really bad, I get really depressed because I'm just in so much pain.
I hope they can help you out! It is not fun being in pain and having symptoms. Let us know how you are doing and keep us posted about your visits.
post #28 of 29
living with medical health issues sucks.
I just kinda look at it , I do what i can do each day. Sometimes i can do more then other times. today is a bad day, back hurts really, bad, I cant feel most of my right leg,
left leg and foot feels like like molten fire is running down it. Last thing i feel like doing is sitting here at the office.

Dealing with any long term medical issues, places a drain on the body and mind. i have always been kinda short with people, but day like to day i am worse and i know it.

But really what choice do we have? the way i see it is there is no quit in life. or save game. that not to say we cant take time off to recharge.

there is old saying, that i think comes from the japanese and i have seen in some books
Death is as light as feather , duty is as heavy as a mountian.

maybe its sad, but that gets me up out of bed on days like today, when i would much
perfer to be at home feeling sorry for myself
post #29 of 29
I dont have PCOS but my sister does and she had two kids with it. Sometimes she's just miserable though. Nothing has helped her so far. She has alot of the same symptoms as you she also has very very bad cramping most days.

I do have Diabetes, Crohns disease and Hip Dysplasia so I know what its like to live with long term health problems. You really have to force yourself to do things. Its tough but you have to continue on for the ones you care about most!
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