Get your mind out of the gutter!!!
Today is Friday rant day. I love Fridays. I do this on Fridays so I can enjoy my weekends.
I was reading an article this week from a running magazine where the author talked about “Extrinsic” and “Intrinsic” motivation as it related to people who run.
Basically, (from Wikipedia):
Extrinsic motivation comes from outside of the individual. Common extrinsic motivations are rewards like money and grades, coercion and threat of punishment. Competition is in general extrinsic because it encourages the performer to win and beat others, not to enjoy the intrinsic rewards of the activity. A crowd cheering on the individual and trophies are also extrinsic incentives.
Intrinsic motivation refers to motivation that is driven by an interest or enjoyment in the task itself, and exists within the individual rather than relying on any external pressure.
“think”, know the author was trying to point out this: Folks who have Extrinsic motivation may not stick with running as long as the folks who have Intrinsic motivation do....IE: you have to love what your doing to stick with it.
With that being said, I know I started back on my highway because I was motivated to lose weight, look and feel better. I was “driven by interest”, not because I enjoyed
torturing, killing, sweating my ass off. As time went on, I started to enjoy the solitude that came with running. I became proud of my accomplishments and strived to do better. Was there some extrinsic motivation? Of course....we do Marathons and all other sorts of competitions because we want to prove something to ourselves and others, human nature. But more now I savor a good run (even a bad run is better than no run) and the internal peace I feel when I am done...mental floss.
Which leads to my rant: I have heard the comment many times, “ It was so easy to put on and so hard to take off”. Let’s clarify that...it took me about 15 years to put on a bunch of weight. I have taken most of that weight off in less than a year. So...with respect to time, was it really easy to put on and hard to take off? It’s your choice as to how you want to look at it.
15 years ago when I finally quit smoking for the umpteenth time (umpteenth = many X many X many), I went through this same process. I had tried for years to quit, using most every incentive in the book. But nothing worked until I actually “MENTALLY” decided to quit. Did it just happen, no! It was hard, a struggle every day for 3 months. Did I use help, yes! The nicotine patch for 3 months to help me over the real hard parts. But the bottom line...it was a “MENTAL” battle.
For me, losing weight was a “MENTAL” issue, not a physical one. I had to play that little game with AE (Alter Ego) every single day. I walked for 2 ½ months before I even thought about running. I hated my treadmill with a passion because it was always there, mocking me! But gradually, as the weight came off, I started to feel better and started taking a few risks...a little jog here, a little run there and everything started to come together. Was it still hard..YES. Was it still a mental battle...YES. Is it still a mental battle....yes, but it’s getting better.
So the whole point of the rant...it’s the 6 inches between your ears that will help you sink or swim (exercise or hang about the couch with a bowl of HoHo’s). For most of us, it will be a constant struggle to stay on track. But much like when I quit smoking, my listening and giving into AE happened less and less as I reaped the benefits of staying the course, accepted small gains and looked at the big picture.
AE: Hey, wait a minute...when do I get to speak up
Me: Your done, you had 15 years of yapping
AE: That’s not fair!
Me: Who said anything about fair?
AE : You will listen to me!!!!
Me: I can’t hear you lalalalalalalala
AE: I’m melting, I’m melting,, I’m melting!!!!!!!!
Me: Wonder if I can get in a quick run after work before the 1st Christmas Party of the year?
What’s your mental floss?