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LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
4/6/11 3:44 P

KASSIANDORA, that's a great idea! I love the positive reinforcement.

AMYALBAUGH SparkPoints: (0)
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4/6/11 3:31 P

I feel the same way. When I'm at work and online I do great, but when I'm home and not plugged in I falter.

KASSIANDORA SparkPoints: (35,199)
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4/6/11 3:13 P

I don't have money for fancy phone or anything so when I am away from sparkpeople I keep a notebook. I'll write down little tidbits about things I said no to, or any exerise I've done away from home, and foods I ate. Keeping it in my purse and keeping it with me helps me a lot.

LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
4/6/11 2:59 P

Thanks for the ideas, guys! I know I can do this, I've already got some good habits going (water, for one. Those 8 cups are like second nature to me now) so I know I can do this. I can rock it!
I think adding appointments, reminders, and adding things to my to-do list will help, too. I'm adding some things in now! And I should publish things more often. Updates on goals, exercises accomplished, and the like.
Thanks again for the great ideas! You guys are all awesome :)

JAG-OH SparkPoints: (8,567)
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4/6/11 2:34 P

I often feel the same way. When I'm plugged-in online and tracking, logging, I'm into it, energized, focused. As soon as I step away, I'm in the real world and I lose motivation. So, I rely on others to kick me in the butt.

I joined a gym that requires appointments to workout with a trainer, so that keeps me accountable for exercise. And, they look at our food journals, so that keeps me accountable food-wise. Knowing someone will see keeps me honest and on-track with those (cheating or fudging my journals only hurts me). It's hard, I know. I want to go home and crash on the couch with take-out and the television. But, I can't.

If a gym like mine doesn't work for you, find a friend or just post your food and exercise logs live here (sorry, I didn't check your profile to see if you already had) and get a SP Buddy or two or ten to review it and comment.

The other thing I do is set reminders on my BlackBerry. I have alarms that go off to remind me to drink water every so often and eat snacks on time (my gym has me on a plan eating every 2.5-3 hours). I also schedule my workouts into my calendar. Every day at 5 pm I have some activity planned (one day a week off), be it an appointment at the gym or a walk on my own.

Other people will help you stay accountable, reminders will help you get things accomplished and the motivation will come eventually. This isn't easy unfortunately, but you can do it, and so can I. :)

Edited by: JAG-OH at: 4/6/2011 (14:35)
LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
4/6/11 2:19 P

I haven't read the spark, but it's on my to-do list to get out to the bookstore and use my gift card to get myself a copy. I haven't done the collage, for some reason I just keep forgetting. Hmm, that's definitely something I could do. Thanks for the tip!
I have the SP app, which I love. It really helps me keep on track calorie-wise, now that I think of it. I utilize it a LOT!

SUNRISE4LV SparkPoints: (22,149)
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4/6/11 2:18 P

I've been using the android mobile tracker for my phone, for quick tracking. Drinking my water has made a difference in my calorie intake. In order for me to stay motivated, I have to keep everything within quick reach/view... my computer is set to SP for my homepage as a reminder... workout dvds near the dvd machine in plain view. I've even set alarms on my phone reminding me of goals or things that I need to be doing by the end of the day to get those SP points! :-) emoticon emoticon

RAMBLINRS13 Posts: 192
4/6/11 2:07 P

Have you read "The Spark"? Chris Downie suggests making a visual collage with pictures that represent your goals or where you want to be. Hang the visual up where you will see it often once you are at home. Do you have a phone capable of downloading the SparkPeople application. I did that and it helps to log on from my phone.

LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
4/6/11 1:53 P

I love, love, love SP. Everything from the trackers and calculators to the community. I would not be where I am without SP, as far as developing good habits and health.
The problem I'm finding lately is that all the time I spend on SP gets me really fired up and ready to go, I'm very motivated. But by the time I log off, and drive home, I lose a lot of that drive. I feel tired and sluggish, and it's much easier for me to find excuses to not work out, or to eat less than healthy.
I've posted inspirational post it notes, and my goals for the month, around the house. What are some other things I can do to keep the spark alive while not logged on? What have you done to keep that motivation going?

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