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HAWAII5YEARS SparkPoints: (61,315)
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4/16/13 8:12 P

I stay motivated by how I feel, not how I look. I felt a tremendous difference in the amount of pain I had after the first 10 pounds came off. I had significantly less "tummy trouble" within the first few weeks. Heck, I even had improvements in PMS and cramps after changing my diet.
After a while of feeling better, I started getting compliments on how much better I looked. Honestly, I think I was smiling more (from not hurting and feeling ill all the time) and that was the change most people saw.

Whatever you do, don't give up hope and don't stop trying--weight loss doesn't happen overnight!

ON2VICTORY SparkPoints: (47,763)
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4/16/13 5:41 P

I stay motivated by looking at the big picture. Taking my eyes off the scale is huge because it does not tell the whole story. Case in point... I have not lost much at all in the last year but...

My arms and thighs have increased by 1 inch (muscle gain for sure)

My recent blood work tells a bigger story that my healthy choices are making a difference.

Total Cholesterol: 138
HDL: 41
LDL: 75
Triglycerides: 108
Glucose: 97
Total Cholesterol / HDL ratio 3.3

I have learned a LONG time ago that keeping a proper perspective on the scale is a key to a successful lifestyle change.

Keep changing things up in the kitchen, log your food and get an honest appraisal of what you are doing and most of all, kick it up a notch in your daily routine and time of exercise. many times we think we are pushing ourselves when in reality we are not.

See you in the winners circle!

CBLENS SparkPoints: (47,498)
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4/16/13 3:53 P

reading other blogs

4/16/13 3:46 P

Each of us is given the gift of a body - and if you are fortunate enough to have one that isn't broken or ailing just THINK of the things you can do with it!!

You get what you're given, its all how you use it... (Ok, that last line was from If God is a DJ by Pink - one of the songs I listen to while I am doing high intensity cardio). What? Great motivation can come from others!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,409
4/16/13 2:06 P

I know it is hard, but you have to dig deep to find your motivation.

There is a saying by Zig Ziglar "Motivation doesn't last, but neither do baths. That is why they are recommended daily."

SHKIRK Posts: 1,168
4/16/13 12:38 P

I know how you feel.. I was eating right and walking and nothing happening. I am now having a hard time making myself walk because I do not see much of a result after 2 months ( 6 pounds) BUT I know we can do it. I'm gonna hang in there and I hope you do to. It will turn around !! Stay positive !! Stretch-take a deep breath and drink some water. That usually clears my head enough so I can think of something else. SUCCESS emoticon P.S. I'm 330 lbs !!

Edited by: SHKIRK at: 4/16/2013 (12:39)
DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
4/16/13 12:30 P

keep it clearly in the forefront of your mind why you are on this journey. I am telling you right now that losing weight and getting fit aren't enough. Think bigger and deeper. My big why keeps me going even in the worst of times

EXPOGIRL50 SparkPoints: (7,094)
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4/16/13 12:30 P

Me, too. Sometimes it's just difficult, but I keep coming back to SP.

4/16/13 12:27 P

focus on the success you have made and try something new to get yourself out of the slump. plateaus come to each of us. make sure you are getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of water. i remember hitting a plateau when i had lost 60 lbs and still had that much left to go to reach my goal. i started swimming to break up the monotony and i lost 5 lbs. stay strong. allow yourself a splurge day even (if you have to). don't let this become a chore or a battle. i don't know how tall you are, but unless you're 5 ft, your weight isn't astronomically high. so sometimes we have to change our own view on how we see ourselves. it is about being healthy and active and the benefits of that mean that you will eventually like yourself better in a swimsuit.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,317
4/16/13 12:13 P

change something in a little bit of everyting ....
in what you are eating, the exercise routines, the activities you do.

SHELLY514 Posts: 10
4/16/13 12:01 P

hi everyone, i have been doing spark for awhile now, and have learned so much! i originally gained weight because of medication, and struggle to even maintain my weight and not gain more, losing weight seems like a losing battle. how do you stay motivated when your doing everything right and seeing no results?

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