How Do You Find Motivation When Success Doesn’t Seem to be Coming?

Here we are, nearing the end of January and the waning of many a New Year’s resolution. According to statistics from the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64 percent of those who made a 2014 New Year’s resolution were still going strong one month later. Six months on down the road, that number dropped to 46 percent. For those more than 50 years old, like me, a mere 14 percent actually achieved their 2014 resolution.

The No. 1 resolution last year? To lose weight. “Staying fit and healthy” came in at No. 5. My goal for 2015: to lose weight and improve my fitness. I doubt that 2015 is vastly different from 2014 in terms of popular hopes and goals. So how do we all do a better job at realizing our desires for the future especially if, like me, the likelihood of positive results doesn’t feel like a slam-dunk?

I’m musing a bit on my own personal struggle with weight loss and motivation. So, if my ups and downs, so to speak, don’t feel like TMI, please read on.

Published by Leah Nyfeler

I’m a writer, editor, runner, and adventurer who is always looking for the next new story, exciting adventure, and good meal/book/movie. My focus is on helping people find their best, healthiest self through sharing what I know and how I’ve come to learn it. In addition to my blog “Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life” at www.leahruns100.com, my articles have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines. You can hear me as part of the 2015 Austin cast of Listen To Your Mother.

2 thoughts on “How Do You Find Motivation When Success Doesn’t Seem to be Coming?

  1. I so, so hear you. I did Ultraman at a higher weight than I wanted, but it was fine, because I was fit. Then I took time off. But that was fine, because my body needed it. And now I\’m 10-15 lbs over where I want to be, definitely at least 5-10 than I need to be, and I\’ve been losing and gaining the same 2 pounds for a month. Can\’t make any progress. So, so frustrating. How can we eat so much better than most people, but still lose no weight? Injustice, I tell you.

  2. I so, so hear you. I did Ultraman at a higher weight than I wanted, but it was fine, because I was fit. Then I took time off. But that was fine, because my body needed it. And now I’m 10-15 lbs over where I want to be, definitely at least 5-10 than I need to be, and I’ve been losing and gaining the same 2 pounds for a month. Can’t make any progress. So, so frustrating. How can we eat so much better than most people, but still lose no weight? Injustice, I tell you.

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