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    conjuring up motivation

    I already posted about this, but I need to post again in a different way.

    I have absolutely no motivation to do my bowel program. I often go days without doing it... sometimes longer....

    how do you guys deal with it? it doesn't take me too long compared to some of what I'm reading. about 1.5 hours to do a BP + shower.

    I literally "sit up" all day trying to get the motivation
    then I notice 3-4-5-6 hours went by...
    then I lay down to "get some rest"
    and I endu p going to sleep, or convincing myself to do it tomorrow

    what techniques do you guys do to deal with it? gosh I just hate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swordfish View Post
    I already posted about this, but I need to post again in a different way.

    I have absolutely no motivation to do my bowel program. I often go days without doing it... sometimes longer....

    how do you guys deal with it? it doesn't take me too long compared to some of what I'm reading. about 1.5 hours to do a BP + shower.

    I literally "sit up" all day trying to get the motivation
    then I notice 3-4-5-6 hours went by...
    then I lay down to "get some rest"
    and I endu p going to sleep, or convincing myself to do it tomorrow

    what techniques do you guys do to deal with it? gosh I just hate it.
    I've been where you are at even though it was 20 or so years ago. I never mastered my BP and eventually got a colostomy back in 94 due to a poor BP, diet and extreme hemmorrhoidal bleeding. I think it is the uncertainty that gives folks issues along with not having a disciplined diet.

    If I had the maturity and/or discipline between ages 19-24, I may have been able to avoid getting the colostomy.

    If I could do it again, with what I know, I would:

    - take control of your BP so it has minimal control over you (you don’t have to like it but you do have to own it)
    - put your BP at the top of your priority list and stick to a schedule (religiously)
    - trust in the success of others and try and replicate it (diet and BP)
    - don't be afraid to study all the aspects (diet, activity level, knowing your body, traveling) that impact your BP for a month or two, expecting mistakes but learning from them and making adjustments to your diet and BP
    - acknowledge how important a good diet is to your life (especially a SCI’d life)
    - eat good calories and not junk calories
    - minimize the amount of processed foods
    - eat consistently 3-5 times a day (small to moderate amounts, no binging)
    - drink mostly water

    The key is that you have to take control of it. I’m sure others have tips but this is what I do if I had it to do again.

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    Good advice from Patton 57.
    My advice as the Nike 1988 advertizing campaign entreated....
    "Just Do It."

    All the best,
    GJ

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