I have found that printing out my old skinny pics and having them around the house is good motivation. It makes me feel like okay Iv done it before so I just have to work hard and I can get there again.
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1,183 12/30/12 5:12 P
I look at my picture that's next to my message board posts on SparkPeople. That's the difference a year made in my life, as me on the left was Thanksgiving 2011 and me on the right was Thanksgiving 2012. I like being right and am going to stay that way!
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55 12/30/12 4:42 P
In addition to just wanting to live a healthy life...
I go to my favorite clothing store and browse around at all the nice outfits and I think how nice they'd look on me if I got back down to a size where I didn't have to suck my stomach in. Two sizes down, two more to go.
What can I say...it helps.
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22,462 12/30/12 8:57 A
look on how far I have come and what is needed to get to my goal
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10,106 12/30/12 8:03 A
I made a collage of why I want to lose weight. I included my reasons (short phrases) for wanting to lose weight, photos of myself when I was much thinner & before & after photos of people who had lost a lot of weight. I look at my collage every day. I have a copy on my fridge, one at work & a photo of my collage on my cell phone (for emergencies). It works very well.
I stay motivated by 1)remembering how good I feel when I am in good shape 2) seeing the too-high number on my cholesterol reading - have to get that down! 3) having favorite clothing fit - waist is too small now! 4) compliments from friends motivates me 5) doing fun active sports motivates me (swim, bike, water and snow ski, hike, jog, dance, tennis, etc.) 6) seeing how out-of-shape my peers are motivates me since I have been jogging for 40 years. I am very glad I kept that up all these years! (now age 55) 7) having fun riding horses and doing gymnastics with my grandkids motivates me! 8) Freedom from pain because I exercise motivates me 9) Not having to spend money on fad diets, expensive programs, etc. motivates me 10) accountability partners (meeting friends for exercise) motivates me 11) reading success stories on SP and in magazines motivates me 12) still looking good in a swim suit motivates me! 13) took a trip to Europe for 3 weeks. Was shocked to realize my peers couldn't keep up with my walking pace and distance! This motivated me to keep doing it!
How many more ideas do you want? They are out there!
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3,293 12/29/12 4:02 P
Being able to out-dance skinny twits who are half my age and half my size...that motivates me. It's sort of a schadenfruede thing. ;)
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10,335 12/29/12 3:43 P
Today...caffeine. But usually just the fact that I feel much better when I eat less and exercise more.
My motivation is to keep my blood sugar in check. I know if I don't keep this up, at my next yearly checkup I will be back on the Meds. My desire to take pills is less than my desire to not exercise. Habit is what enables me to do it. When I put no thought into it, and just get up and do it, it doesn't feel so awful. The more I do it, the more I can, the less hard it is. It snowballs into a good thing! So that is what keeps me motivated, remembering how awful it will be if I don't.
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835 12/29/12 2:15 P
My gym buddy and tumblr
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8,251 12/29/12 1:37 P
I referee soccer and sign up for races so I always have a reason I have to stay in shape.
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132 12/29/12 1:31 P
I stay motivated by trying to get into a certain pair of jeans I have. I also weigh myself twice a week, like a previous post, it keeps me on track.
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803 12/29/12 1:03 P
I just gave a lot of my old "baggy butt" jeans to Goodwill. I'm down two sizes since I started SP. My new motivation is a pair of jeans my DD bought and has never worn. She gained a little weight after she bought them, but is now losing, too. It's a race to see who can get into them first. They're another size down for me. If I can get into them...they're mine!
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21,225 12/29/12 11:02 A
I stay motivated by keep my vision alive on how I see myself when I reach my goal. I look at all that I have accomplished with my appear,endurance, and others along the way. I can now run across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge both way nonstop, walk on the treadmill with an incline of 15 without holding on the rail front and backwards. Just being able to set personal challenges and achieving them. Just when I don't think anybody is looking; I will get high fives from people that I don't know while out running a course or in the gym after doing a challenging workout. I get wavy's and thumb up from people passing me in the car. They see how I'm consistence and determine with my workouts and cheering me on. The hill that I once almost passed out on while walking up I can now run up. My motivation is to motivate someone else.
Thinking about where I have been, how long I have allowed myself to eat and do whatever I want against how long I've known better. Ten years is a long time. That is the amount of time I have taken to really, really decide if I wanted to change, if I was up to the challenge. I finally decided that I am and that keeps me motivated. (Doesn't hurt that the scale keeps going down either :)
I know not everyone agrees with this, but I get motivated by weighing in at least 2 times a week. It keeps me focused. Too easy for me to get unaccountable otherwise.
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27 12/29/12 7:57 A
It is difficult for me during the holidays. I have two special needs daughters who are at home (school is out). This makes finding time for workouts difficult at best. I am trying to stick to my calorie intake until after the holidays, then get back on my work out schedule. Oh yeah buying a scale will also help with motivation. I have no idea if I have lost or gained since starting in October. I know my waist, hips, thighs, arms, and chest has gone down a little. My jeans are also fitting better; so I know I am doing good.
Giving away my big clothes and putting on my new clothes with ease. Nothing I own is too tight anymore. Nothing. It is a fabulous thing getting dressed without feeling like I am "shoe horning" my way into things. When I look at cookies, I see my wardrobe... LOL Since I have to get dressed every day... Good motivation.
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22,462 12/29/12 4:59 A
look back at old pictures
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18,699 12/29/12 1:14 A
For eatting healthy and exercising, I don't need motivation. It turns out i like the healthier fod and I like working out. So even though i still may ago up and down in weight I stick with it.
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2,718 12/29/12 1:11 A
I have pictures of goals and my old pictures of the way I used to look (though I pasted my new "older" face onto the body!) Sounds crazy, but it helps.
How to stay motivated -- that's actually a very interesting question! So many of us have lost, then gained, then given up... and then repeat! (I have, for sure) Since joining SP in Sept 2012 I truly feel more confident than I even have that I can "make it work" and get to my goal weight and then maintain it. Just coming here, reading the articles and other people's blogs, offering my support to members that are struggling, accepting support from other members, becoming a co-leader of my "class" team, etc. etc. -- all those things have given me motivation. I don't strive for perfection... at least once or twice a week I go over my calories, and I don't always exercise according to my plan, but I keep coming back, tracking my nutrition and fitness, good or bad, and then working a little harder the next day if I've run off the rails. There is so much support here, and certainly all the tools one could ask for -- but, still, it may not be what works for everyone. You can only get out of this site what you put into it, no one can make you stick to your plan. And, sometimes we just are not ready to do what needs to be done, even when we think we want to. All the best to you in the New Year -- Sandy
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7,302 12/28/12 12:34 P
I learned to love to exercise and putting on my jeans that were so snug I could barely button them and then 6 months later putting them on and having them feel lose is very motivational. Being part of this site is also a big factor in how well I have done.
I stay motivated by focusing on successes, not failures.
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1 12/28/12 12:21 P
WOW! You started where I am....and are where I want to be!!!! I just feel like it is impossible right now....I'm not an "exerciser"....but want to be! Did you count calories? 1200 to 1500 and I am suppose to be about where you are my May? Doesnt seem possible....I havent lost more than 10 pounds in the past 15 years....only to gain it back...
I track everything: nutrition, exercise, steps. I use my fitbit pedometer. I weigh everyday but only record it once a week. I feel better and look better after sticking with it and remind myself of that everytime I want to skip a workout or go out to eat!
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520 12/28/12 8:36 A
I never think in terms of motivation. I just make a plan and stick to it.
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3,045 12/28/12 7:32 A
Right now, I am just focusing on SPRING.
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2,953 12/28/12 7:05 A
I workout with a goal in mind.....ie. marathon, Ironman Triathlons etc.....this way I am always training for something
You just need to really enjoy the feeling of getting healthier and fitter and that should provide motivation. I hardly ever crave bad foods anymore and when I do eat them I always feel disappointed because they don't taste as good as healthy but well cooked foods to me anymore. It also helps to see others doing really, really well, and there's plenty of those people on this site.
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1,597 12/28/12 12:37 A
I agree, it is motivating just tracking EVERYTHING, EVERYDAY. It ony takes a few minutes- it holds me accountable, and it really is the number one thing that has helped me consistently lose weight, even throough the Holidays.
Make a commitment to look up nutritional values and write everything down, it starts to fall in to place one piece at a time.
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1,913 12/28/12 12:36 A
keep up with motivational articles
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2,718 12/28/12 12:36 A
Logging into Spark People daily provides a lot of my motivation
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4,368 12/27/12 11:09 P
After a very dear Team Leader taught me to use the nutrition tracker on February 4th, it was an instant inforcer of motivation which made me want to exercise. This Team Leader also taught me how to use other tools on spark people, and it motivated me to want to exercise. I've been on maintenance for 9 weeks now.
Since the 4th of February, I've lost 30 pounds. I really want to keep it at this weight. The weight loss has me very motivated and happy. This all keeps me motivated.
P.S. I'm so grateful to the Team Leader called GLITTERGIRL. I don't think I would be feeling so good and would have come this far without her taking this time with me. I'm so very grateful!
Edited by: ALLENJOSEPH at: 12/27/2012 (23:21)
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4,540 12/27/12 10:14 P
I want to do my exercises everyday because I do a variety of things that are fun, therefore it keeps me motivated.
What keeps me motivated is looking in the mirror and seeing progress. I know that if I stop I will be right back to where I was and I can never look like that again. Each year that passes and I stay at the gym and eating healthy I keep looking better and better. That is what keeps me motivated.
I think age has something to do with it for me. It's harder to lose weight now that I'm older so that motivates me to not gain plus being older means trying harder to stay healthy for my kids and husband. I also don't want to waste all the money I have spent on new clothes, LOL.
I've found several things to be really helpful for motivation. One is to tell everyone in my life about my healthy living journey. Not only does it keep me (and sometimes them) motivated but then I have that many more people paying attention to what I eat, how often I exercise, etc. The more people I have to keep me accountable, the better. Which leads to another motivation: regular exercise. I exercise at least 5x weekly and I find that after I work out, it keeps me motivated to eat healthy foods, avoid alcohol, etc. I don't want to undo all the hard work I put in to a workout by drinking a beer or eating a couple slices of pizza. I also have found that the more I read and learn about foods (healthy and otherwise) the more encouraged I am to eat the "good" stuff and avoid the "bad." Since I know what happens to my body when I (to use your example) drink a large sweet tea, I stick to unsweet tea and water. Plus I'm vegetarian so it's easy for me to avoid the quarter pounders :) Hope that helps!!
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6 12/27/12 11:26 A
It seems like every time I start a new diet I am so excited about the possibility of what is to come. I will lose a few pounds and feel so good about myself. But as time goes on my motivation tends to slowly disappear. My question is how to stay motivated through the holidays, through the plateau's, through the times when you just want a freaking quarter pound with cheese meal with a freaking LARGE SWEET TEA?
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