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1) I don't think of it as a diet. I'm eating to improve my body and its performance and choosing foods that accomplish that goal. So that means mostly fruits, veggies, and lean protein (with a chocolate chip cookie here and there). It means that I cook more and eat out less so I get to experiment with new tastes and textures in my food.
That's all I've got, really. Though to be fair, within about 2 weeks of me starting to make better food choices, I definitely lost the taste for the fat/carb bombs known as takeout.
I have a ton of motivators. It is just making sure I know them every day.
1, kids. I want to play with my toddler and not get winded, and more than that I want to be a fitness example, so that fitness is a habit for them too. AND it is working!
2, look good, feel good, be healthy. This could be 3 different ones, but I do want to be thin and look good, not just for me but for my family.
3, fear, I do NOT want to develop high blood pressure or diabetes (which is on both sides of my family) or other issues related to obesity. I do not want to spend my retirement in a nursing home because I'm too sick to take care of myself. I want to spend my golden years with my hubby seeing the world!
There is so much to do, that we can do, and some days I just don't want to eat right or exercise, but I usually can get myself out of my funk with these.
It's hard to pin down my biggest motivator. I started out running because I always wanted to run a half marathon and I did that a couple years ago with a friend. That same friend (lives quite a ways away from me) is still motivating me by suggesting future races we could do together.
And I discovered I love running.
I also discovered I hate being injured and injuries are very demotivational...
But mostly, I like running and I like doing these races with my friends. And that spawned some blog posts. Which started getting me Spark friends. And that helped me keep coming back.
And because I want to run better, I eat better. And eating better involves tracking my nutrition here.
And to be fair, I like my monthly fitness minutes awards - put me in the shiny gold star category, I guess, but it helps me stay motivated and I'm working towards someday actually getting a 1000 minute award.
And all of these little things added up to a huge spring in my step. Between knowing that my pants are getting bigger (even if no one else can see it) to pushing myself further in the C25K training, to finishing the C25K program and running a 5K, it's become a source of pride for me, regardless of what the scale says.
And I think that's really the answer. My motivation is feeling proud of myself. Every day.
I'm totally with the poster who said that fear was her biggest motivator. It's mine too. When I realized that my blood pressure was high and that my ankles were swelling because of it, it scared the heck outta me. The fact that my poor choices were going to limit my lifespan and give me less time with my family and friends? No ma'am.
It used to be about vanity for me. Now it's about being healthy.
But I also agree with the person who said that you need to find what motivates YOU. Whether it's for health, fitting into those too-small clothes, or whatever. Really dig down and try to figure out what's stopping you. Good luck--I'm sure you can do it!
You need to figure out what motivates YOU- will setting up sparkstreaks work? See how many days in a row you can get in more veggies, hit your water intake target, workout for x minutes x days a week, etc. Is there a milestone or function you want to get in shape for? What about fitness goals? Old clothes you want to fit into? Feeling more energetic?
It's hard to stay motivated- I'm not going to pretend otherwise! I use an app that pays me for working out (and charges me if I miss a workout)- but tracking my food is a struggle for me- that's where I lose steam most often. I'm a numbers oriented girl so I track my speed for cardio and try to improve that. I also like to work on increasing my overall weekly mileage. Maybe look at your sparkpoints page and check out some of the one-timers like making a vision collage, etc. Have you done the spark coach trial? If not, that may help you jump start your goals!
Oh, and in terms of an actual method for weight loss, I would start with Spark people's recommendations for calories and exercise. If you're not sure how to structure your meals, let Spark People suggest menus for you for awhile. Eventually you get so you can plan your own healthy menus using the things you really enjoy. Use the tracker all the time; calorie-counting really works, at least for me. Eventually it gets easier and as you lose weight, you start to gain momentum. Good luck to you.
Forget the Special K diet. It's not that special. It's not even really that nutritious, and a bowl of cereal isn't enough breakfast for most people.
To be honest, what motivated me was fear, and it was a great motivator. I've seen my mom decline in health, mostly because of obesity, to the point where she doesn't even really walk anymore, she uses an electric wheelchair, against her doctor's advice. There's nothing wrong with her legs, except her muscles are weak and her body weight is too great. Lack of exercise and poor nutrition are going to greatly shorten her life, unfortunately. She's always said she "can't" exercise, to the point where now it's actually true.
Not to be a downer, but fear of growing old before my time, of being weak and overweight and discouraged and unhealthy, is what keeps me going.
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1 7/31/13 9:56 A
I've tried a couple things when it comes to dieting like weight watchers and counting calories and the Special K diet, but I can't seem to stay motivated to continue. The Special K diet left me very hungry so I stopped that, and weight watchers, it WORKED.....but I kinda slipped away. I've been starting and just slipping away from here and I really need to loose a bit of weight. I just realized I gained like 6 lbs and I had no idea til this morning. How do you stay motivated? I think my problem is I don't see any changes when I do lose that 5 lbs or the small amount but every one else can. And it does feel good to say "I LOST 6 LBS!!!" But, then I gain it back.
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