Hunting for Mojo!
We all know that despite every bit of logic, will power and hard work, motivation can suddenly do a disappearing act. One moment you're on a roll and things are going great and then suddenly, out of the blue, that magic Mojo has scarpered.
It's Mojo that gives is the oomph to make things happen, that boost of energy that makes us tackle a challenge and carries us through to the end. It can disappear because we're tired, distracted or bored or it can take off for no reason at all, it just goes on a whim, leaving us feeling a bit flat and stranded.
My Mojo's been playing hide and seek. I had a massive boost of Mojo when I decided to lose 4 stone and then to go for a marathon. But now without a really big thing to go for, my Mojo has gone walkabout, clearly bored, especially bored with diets and weight loss.
It's dire! One minute I'm so focussed that I'm not even thinking about what's in the fridge. The next I've eaten a chocolate egg without noticing. I've tried all sorts of things over the years to harness the power of Mojo to manage my weight. Hypnosis, affirmations, bits of string tied round my waist. Mojo just comes and goes regardless.
The most recent Mojo disappearing act culminated in a major raid on the fridge, and the ensuing guilt got me out for a run. Running helps me think, to get things in perspective, so I set my brain to cruise and headed off.
One sweaty hour later, I had a brainwave. I think I've worked it out. It's quite simple really - I have to stop waiting for my Mojo to come and jolly me along, I've got to get out there and find my Mojo.
I've spent a fair bit of time waiting for Mojo to come to me,but now I realise I need to go on a Mojo hunt. I can entice her with the bait of my many alluring fat photos and my weekly weigh ins, but I think I need stronger bait, my Mojo needs something juicy to get her teeth into, she likes a challenge.
There is something that might work - a family wedding in a couple of months. Now my own wedding wasn't enough to make me lose weight and I don't feel excited by this challenge, but it is one I can manage if I put my mind to it and there lies the rub.
All I have to do is decide to go for it. I have to keep on telling myself that I want to look good in the photos, that this is an opportunity to lose those irritating extra pounds that will drift up and up if I don't tackle them. I need Mojo and I need her now!
I keep reminding myself that research shows that motivation is like a muscle, you have to exercise it and develop it just like you do a leg or arm muscle. I need a plan to get my Mojo off her butt and doing her personal trainer thing when I need her most - ignoring the chocolates round at Mum's and the holiday sweets in the office. Saying no that glass of wine after a challenging day.
And the biggest bit of bait to catch my Mojo? Telling you I'm going to try! If there's one thing that my Mojo will respond to is me saying to you that In two months I want to be back to my original weight.
Hang on, can you hear something? Could it be the sound of Mojo heading this way? I hope so!
Wish me luck!