Motivation Monday: Ready to Get Off the Roller Coaster – Will You Join Me?

Hey guys! This is my Mamavation Monday post for March 26, 2012.

On Saturday I read a great post by my friend Harold at the blog A Veteran Runnah that really struck home for me. In it he writes about his decision last year to stop roller coasting (roller coastering?) with his health and weight. I’d be a liar if I said that I wasn’t riding a roller coaster too.

I’m ready to stop roller coasting.

(I’m sure I don’t have to explain what that means.)

We all do it – me included. Something happens in our lives – maybe someone makes a negative comment about our size/weight/health etc, maybe we see a less than flattering picture of ourselves, and we think – man, I need to eat better, exercise more etc. Then we go hardcore for a while – maybe we succeed in losing some weight, maybe we get healthier, maybe it only lasts a week, maybe it lasts longer – either way we eventually stop.

Well guess what? I’m ready to STOP doing that to myself!

Ok – well this isn’t really about weight loss for me (and not because I’m at a perfect weight) but because LIFE and LONGEVITY is about healthy eating and exercising regularly. And while that SHOULD be enough motivation, I have to admit that I struggle with those things just like everyone else.

Like I’ve done so many times in the past, I trained and trained and trained for a race. This time it was the Chilly Half Marathon. I trained, got into peak shape, I kicked ass, then plebbbhhh… I’ve barely done anything since. Yes, I was sick this past week, but now I’m feeling better (A LOT better actually – thank you antibiotics!!). So I’m ready to roll back down this little hill and get moving again.

Hmmmm… maybe that’s the secret? Instead of a flat smooth ride, maybe we can just flatten out our roller coasters? I don’t honestly believe I can make mine perfectly flat – there will always be some hills and setbacks, but maybe I can make the hills smaller? Like a kiddie coaster instead of the Kingda Ka Coaster* at Six Flags Great Adventure?

So…. Instead of coming up with a kick butt workout plan, this week I’m going to focus on just doing small workouts everyday.

Monday: Spinning class
Tuesday: go for a walk on my lunch
Wednesday: BodyPump
Thursday: go for a walk on my lunch
Friday: Run 5k

I’ll also pack my lunch and pay a little bit more attention to the amount of sugar I eat (which seems to be my biggest down fall).

Will you join me in reducing the height of your roller coaster?

What’s your workout plan? What small food changes will you make?

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*Kingda Ka has the world’s tallest roller coaster in the world.


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  • Michele
    March 26, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Oh gosh…I have periods like this all the time. Everything is going so great when I’m training for something – I eat right, I am running a ton…and then once the race is over, all motivation I have go right out the window. It’s always been inversely proportional for me – when I exercise a lot, I eat great…when I don’t exercise, I eat more (and eat worse).
    This is such a great, true post!!!

  • Lindsay
    March 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I’ve definitely done this to myself over and over again. Good for you for recognizing the roller coaster and getting off the ride!

  • Yellow Haired Girl
    March 26, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I love this! And I do it too. Let’s get this roller coaster a little less crazy, shall we?! 🙂

  • Amy Romero
    March 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I am SO glad to hear I’m not the only one who completely lost interest after achieving a goal. I ran for about a year. Sorta loved it. Then I started training for a half marathon. Did it. Didn’t die. And then promptly stopped running. It’s been 3 months since I ran. And I don’t miss it. I’m just slightly sad…for myself. For giving up. I’ve moved onto other stuff….weight training, more yoga, etc. BUT it’s still weird that I just totally fell off that running roller coaster 😉

  • Rachel
    March 26, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Yes! I will commit to reducing the height of my roller coaster! 😉 My fitness and menu plan is all set… now I just need to FOLLOW through with the game plan 🙂

  • pauline
    March 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Totally with you on this one. I can be chugging along at a great pace, taking care of myself and working out and feeling good and one “bad” weigh-in and I just stop. Cold turkey. The only way I know how to avoid that roller coaster is to avoid the scale. So I stopped that cold turkey and am now chugging along and taking care of myself. It feels kind of good.

  • Harold Shaw
    March 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Janice – thank you for your kind words and mentioning my post. I will join you in trying to keep the roller coaster to a kiddie coaster, no matter how hard we try we are going to have ups and downs with our efforts to get and stay in shape. Most of us do great while going towards a goal, it is those in between times that we have our biggest let-downs or when we have an injury that doesn’t let us do our chosen sport – that is usually my down fall. That is where our running community can help us stay involved and connected, when we try to withdraw. I know that you can ride a smaller roller coaster and I look forward to reading about your journey in my Google Reader and Twitter.

    Harold aka VetRunnah 🙂

  • Lena -
    March 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Even not doing much of anything you are still pretty freaking awesome. Now get up and do something active, like a spinning classes or something

  • Sarah M
    March 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I’m definitely guilty of “roller coastering” too! I don’t think I was really consciously aware of it until now though, so thank you so much for this post!

  • Amber K
    March 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I agree that it will probably never be completely flat, but I don’t want to roller coaster anymore either!

  • Stephanie
    March 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Consistency is such a hard thing! I think in the grand scheme of things I’ve got it down, such that I have been able to maintain a fairly stable weight through healthy eating and regular activity for almost 15 years. But within that I still have peaks and valleys. Times when I am super fit, times when I’m scrounging to get the calories burned.

    Mostly I’m OK with my mini rollercoaster, but there are certainly times when the elevation drops and climbs could be smaller than they are! I’m currently trying to get back down a few pounds, so I’m in!

  • Jeff Witt
    March 30, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Consistency really is the key, like Stephanie says. I have always pre-planned my workouts, but lately I have started to pre-plan my meals as well.

    So far so good. I’m making a lot better choices when it comes to food.

  • Wendy
    March 30, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVe this, Janice! This is exactly that I needed to hear for now.


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