Momentum.  A word rooted in the branch of science referred to as physics.  The formula for which is the mass of an object multiplied by its velocity.

Based on this equation, an object will have more momentum if it is heavier / larger and is moving faster.

The lighter / smaller an object is, and the slower it moves, the less momentum it will have.

OK, so that’s as far as my Physics ‘O’ Level, grade C, goes (yes I am THAT old!!!)

 

This is after all a blog about PCOS awareness.

When Verity set the challenge of talking about the theme of #MondayMotivation today as part of its #PCOSawarenessMonth, I thought about the many things that have motivated me over the years to keep going while living with polycystic ovary syndrome. One of the things that link all my motivating strategies together is ‘Momentum’.

MOMENTUM can be defined as ‘something or someone on the move’.

To keep on the move is to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  These steps may be tiny tentative steps or they may by large bold steps.

They may be steps taken in faith – trusting something or someone to help you with that next move.  They may be steps taken alone – trusting only that the move will take you from where you are, to somewhere else.

MOMENT is a word found within ‘momentum’.  My ability to keep moving forward often ironically comes from pausing and taking in the details of what is going on around me at a particular time.  So often I can be occupied by all the busyness and deadlines of work (Personal Training people with health conditions), PhD study (research – practical and theoretical), and church commitments (leading an online Health and Wellbeing group) that I am blind to the daily flecks of beauty.  I can easily miss the birdsong in the park as I rush to get my daily walk / shuffle (slow jog) done.  I can miss the fragrant beauty of a newly-emerged flower.

Take a moment to enjoy life as you go through.

 

MUTE can also be found in the letters of ‘momentum’.  To ‘be mute’ as an adjective, means to refrain from speech or to be temporarily speechless.  When we use the word ‘mute’ as a verb though, it means to deaden, muffle, or soften the sound of something.  Today our lives can be filled to bursting with input from social media, TV, radio, internet alerts… the list can go on and on.  Having a break from these incessant inputs gives our brains a chance to take a rest from processing, and allows us to enjoy the more precious moments in life.

‘Be still and know that I am God’ – Psalm 46:10

 

NET is contained in the word ‘momentum’ too.  How many times have you found yourself thinking negative thoughts?  These can often go round and round in your head unchallenged, which then go on to alter our physical responses. You can control your thoughts though.  Start learning to be aware of what you think about and what you tell yourself in your head.  My PCOS narrative often goes something like, “oh I’ll never lose weight now that I’ve got PCOS” or “I am such a freak because of my facial hair – I’m a waste of space”.  Once you become aware of what you are telling yourself, you can start to re-frame those thoughts into more positive versions: “It may be harder for me to lose weight with PCOS, but I can still stay active and reap the health benefits of improved blood sugar levels and better heart health”.

‘Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise’.  Philippians 4:8

 

MMM… yes the word ‘momentum’ has THREE m’s in it!  So take this final point in my #Monday Motivation article as a prompt to think of ways to treat yourself.  Living with PCOS is hard work – there is no cure; treatments can have side-effects or be ineffective; some treatments take time and are painful.  All the more reason to treat yourself to something nice.  You ARE worth it!  It could be food-related (but be aware of triggering cravings) or it could be buying yourself a new PCOS-related book (see my Day 5 blog) and settling down in a cosy chair with your favourite brew.  I write out a list of all the things I enjoy doing, then when I have a ‘mmm’ moment I scan the list and see what I can do.

Ok, I’m off for a lovely cup of cafetiere coffee now #BlackWithASplash

Until tomorrow…   Sharon 🙂