Fitness Minutes: (35,679)
2/1/13 3:40 P
Sure you can. Why did you come to Sparkpeople in the first place? I suggest taking about 10-15 minutes and meditate on WHY you came to Sparkpeople. Was it you wanted to lose weight? Feel better in your skin? Look better in your clothes? Be able to fit in an airplane seat? Do I yoga pose that requires more flexibility than you currently have? WHATEVER it is--own it. In your mind's eye, BEcome the person you want to be--visualize yourself BEing that person and behave how that person would behave? Would that person binge on unhealthy food? Would that person just sit on the couch and not exercise? I bet not. YOU can do it, I know you can!
Fitness Minutes: (292,288)
2/1/13 1:58 P
Welcome to Spark People !
I give all new members one piece of advice to help them get motivated and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.
Good health isn't "all or nothing". Every little bit DOES make a difference.
Start with some simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't try to exercise for an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.
And that's how a person learns healthier habits. They start with some simple changes they CAN stick with. No all or nothing. One small change can change your life !!
Fitness Minutes: (6,325)
2/1/13 10:48 A
I get motivated by reading other success stories on here - maybe that will help for you too? Also, try to come up with the specific behaviors that are keeping you from reaching your goals, and then begin the work of changing them one by one. My Dad is a therapist, and he loves to have people envision where they want to be, and then asks them "What are you doing today that is preventing you from becoming that vision?" That exercise usually sparks me into action.
Fitness Minutes: (112,042)
46,222 1/31/13 6:30 P
The deal with motivation is that it is self-driven. You must determine what will keep you on track--it could be a health issue, a new dress, a reunion, etc. But when it comes to motivation, you must have steps in place to reach your goals. Saying that you want to lose weight is not a goal--but rather is the result of putting action steps in place in order to reach your goals--things like eating x number of fruits and veggies per day, drinking water in place of soda, walking 20 minutes daily--these are all things within your control and when you start ticking them off daily, they can become huge motivators at keeping you moving forward.
I need a good kick in the rear!! I know what it takes to loose weight and be healthy, I just don't have the motivation or determination to get it done. It's like I just want to happen without any work. And obviously I know that won't happen. How do I get that motivation back. That determination to do it for good this time? :/
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