Seeing results - boosts both motivation and confidence!
Edited by: AKDENIZ89 at: 8/12/2013 (01:25)
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30 8/12/13 12:23 A
Those are all great reasons to be motivated and also some very good ideas. Thanks for sharing!! I lost 80 pounds, and put back on a little over 30. I've always had trouble reaching out to people to talk to. But now that I put back on some of the weight and I went back to sparkpeople....I realized that I'm not alone and that there are thousands of people to talk to...sometimes you just have to start up a conversation yourself! :) Starting tomorrow I will be tracking my food again and hopefully saying no to everything that looks good. (I struggle with eating out of boredom). So as of right now I am hoping for the best. Another weigh-in tomorrow and I do think I'll gain weight because it hasn't been a very good week (I weigh myself every Monday no matter what). But if I need to start completely over to lose weight again, I will. Lets just hope I don't end up back at my starting weight before I make the change. Well thanks for listening to my rant lol.
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8/9/13 6:39 P
My biggest problem (and I know a lot of people have the same issue) is I don’t see the weight loss myself. I see myself everyday, so it’s hard for me to pick up on the small changes. So when I hit a plateau I don’t see that my body is still changing, I just see the needle on the scale staying put and I end up losing motivation and giving up.
This time around I’m trying to put less emphasis on the scale and more on recognizing the small changes.
Some tricks I have been trying: I took a long sheet of paper and measured out my waist (currently 40”). Every time I lose an inch, I add the new shorter line above the old one, so I can SEE my waist getting smaller (even if my scale isn’t picking it up). I also made a chart, in 5lbs increments so I can check off ever 5lbs I lose (again so I can SEE the weight loss). I also have a system of “rewards” I get for every 5lbs or 10lbs I lose.
When I reach my goal weight I’m going to give myself a big present, which is to have a photo-shoot with a professional photographer. I keep imagining the different outfits or locations I will use when I get there. I have a file on my computer of different poses I like. I look at those and it helps push me to keep going.
When I’m working out I have a playlist of songs that I love and that when I hear them I want to go faster and harder.
Just anything to keep me going. Even if it’s something totally vain and superficial, if it gets you into the gym, use it.
Even if it seems a bit mean, if it keeps you motivated go for it. Example, a few months ago I ran my first 5K. To keep pushing myself to run, I would pick a person some distance ahead of me and I would find a reason not to like them, their hair, clothes, body, whatever, and I would tell myself that, “there is no way I will let someone like that be in front of me”. So I would focus on overtaking them. Then I would pick another person ahead of me. I finished around 30 minutes, which is very respectable for someone who used to say, “I don’t run. Even if the axe murderer is chasing me, I don’t run.”
I would say, keep trying different things until you find something, anything that will give you a boost.
Edited by: MCASKEY6 at: 8/9/2013 (18:40)
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1,942 8/9/13 4:51 P
I keep a running tally of calorie deficit I have each day. Subtracting calories eaten from my suggested maintenance allowance. Seeing the number on paper encourages me to have a high deficit each day. It's a mini challenge each day! And very motivating.
8/9/13 4:30 P
The thought that I am getting healthier and healthier everyday
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8/9/13 4:14 P
Having health problems, I have to do this, no choice at all.
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8/9/13 2:34 P
I keep healthy and unhealthy pictures of me side by side on my fridge and door to my pantry. Amazing how often I decide to walk away when I see the results of my choices right there staring at me........
8/9/13 8:25 A
small progress. It adds up
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30 8/9/13 2:35 A
Thanks for the advice :) Best of luck to both of you!
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8/8/13 4:51 P
Motivation is a hard one. My husband and little girl keep me motivated. The more physically active I stay, the easier it is to play with my girl. Maybe you should change your goal just a hair. Instead of thinking about making that needle on the scale move, simply thinking about being healthier and feeling great. Try to measure in a different way. It has helped me in the past. Good luck!
Success. But I've had to find different ways to measure success since my scale sucks.
It helps that I seem to have found a passion for running. I LIKE doing it. I'm kind of crazy and obsessed about it. It makes it way easier to get out to exercise when I'm looking forward to it. And it makes me feel better about eating healthy because eating healthy helps me run better. So it's a good vicious circle.
Maybe try to find some exercise that you like or can even be slightly passionate (obsessed) about.
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30 8/8/13 2:47 P
I am questioning myself again with weight loss. I know I can do it because I've done it before, I just can't seem to find my motivation this time around. So tell me.....what keeps you motivated?
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