Wednesday, August 23, 2006
This site is a great motivational resource.The motivational articles in the Resource section are awesome - along with the Pesonal Success Stories of spark people who have lost weight and become healthy. I have lost almost 60 lbs with the help of sparkpeople - so it does work.
MOTIVATION: Motivation is not something that you can buy, borrow or steal. It comes from deep within you. It is founded and based upon your own, very personal reasons to become healthy. It is often helpful to list YOUR reasons why you need to change. Also, write down and visualize how you will look, feel, behave, act, interface with others, etc. when you have reached your health goals. Write down what price you are willing to pay to be healthy, look great, feel great. When I started, I would have paid anything - the sky was the not even my limit. But you can not $$$$ for it - it is spent in personal, permanent adjustments, in a new look at nutrition, in a committment to exercise. Baby steps at first - nothing happens over night. But soon you will be on a great path to permanent good health.
Motivation does not exist without a positive attitude. A positive attitude does not exist unless your have a purpose and a plan that you are committed to. Tune up your attitude each and every day. Your positive attitude is your life line when you take a mini-fall or a mistep, like we all do on our paths. A positive attitude will help in your committment to NEVER, EVER, GIVE UP.
Good luck in your spark journey.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
"Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before."
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Well, this is not a tiny tip - it is a HUGE tip.
I was in a two month plateau - barrier - slump - but I never gave up. I would gain and loose one or two pounds each week. My weight was flucuating like crazy - but staying right in the low 220's. However the frustration of not loosing was creating stress - so much so that I would fall here and there from eating healthy. Not big stuff - an extra glass of wine here and there, some chocolate candy, a cookie - just little things that piled up against me. I was my own worst enemy! Then I decided to do something drastic - I doubled up my exercise - from 2.5 hours per week to 5 hours per week (sometimes 7 hours). The weight started to drop again - actually melt away! One pound the first week, two pound the next - 2.5 pounds this week - Not just because of the exercise - although it helped. It was because now I had too much invested in my program, in my goal for good health. Why steal a cookie when I was working so hard to get healthy? My MIND was now set to loose weight! Funny how our mind works for, or against us. It was a valuable lesson for me! So when you hit a never ending plateau - don't give up, crank it up!
Monday, August 21, 2006
The need to weather hard times is constantly part of our business and personal lives. Do you ever think of these hurdles in a positive light? The next time you are faced with opposition, instead of looking at it as a source of anxiety, view it as an opportunity! Can you apply what you have learned to other areas of your life? Will this experience make you stronger and wiser next time around? Sometimes the worst and most painful experiences are the ones that help us grow the most. Having a positive attitude can deflate even the scariest situation. Overcoming adversity can help you achieve the extraordinary!
Sunday, August 20, 2006
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
- Albert Ellis
A Personal Pledge:
I will accept responsibly for my choices in life.
No matter how negative events or actions may become, I am the only force that is able to determine the reaction. I will not fail, I will not blame the world for my feelings of sadness, rejection, and hopelessness. The reality is that my actions are a choice, and I must claim those feelings and choices. I can be my best cheerleader or worst enemy when it comes to determining the health of my emotions. I will do some pep talks with myself each morning. This will help me develop positive, self-affirming thoughts that will enhance my personal development and growth.
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