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Speak Your Mind: Inspiration

The Olympics officially ended on Sunday. As I’ve admitted before, I love that kind of thing. I know I will be going through some withdrawals. Oh well! Only 18 months until the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia!

I’ve watched a few Olympic Games throughout my life, and one thing I’ve noticed is that there is always a push to get people to, you know, exercise. To be active, to give a sport a try, or just use the stairs a few times a week instead of the elevator. I’m someone who gets inspired easily. Unfortunately, that inspiration tends to drop off precipitously after the source of the inspiration is gone. Who wants to bet how long I’ll continue swimming? Any takers?

Who has inspired you? To do what? How did you keep that motivation during the hard times? Have the Olympics every inspired you, or am I just a sap?

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  1. August 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm —

    I tend to be more inspired by conversations than by particular people. In person or online, excitement and ideas and validation as well as criticism get me psyched. I don’t have a secret for keeping it going, though. Continual conversations about it help.

  2. August 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm —

    I used to dream of being on the Olympic swim team, but then I found out they all removed their body hair to gain speed. If I had to do that kind of upkeep, I’d never have time to train!

    I’m still holding on to my Olympic beach volleyball dreams, though. (And no, being over 10 feet tall does NOT mean I’m any good at basketball. Just in case you were wondering.)

  3. August 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm —

    I tend to get motivated more by realizing how I’m feeling and paying attention to my own body. When I sleep a lot and eat right, I’m really motivated to work out as well. When I don’t take care of myself, I’m not motivated at all.
    You should TOTALLY keep swimming! I’m planning to get back into it once the school year starts and I can use the school facilities for free. It’s SOOOO good for you 🙂

    • August 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm —

      I want to keep swimming! The pool in my apartment complex closes on Labor Day, but there is a natatorium in town I want to check out.

      It seems like the only thing that motivates me on a consistent basis is a deadline. In school it was sooo hard to do any work ahead of time. I need to be better at setting goals and deadlines for myself.

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