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Is your Spark starting to die down?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

So you made this big resolution to lose weight. You might even have a lot of weight to lose. It was exciting a couple of weeks ago! You were on top of things! You were trying out a lot of new stuff! You were eating salads every day and exercising like you were crazy!

Now comes the burn out. Salad again? I don't want to run for miles on the treadmill and lift those weights for an hour!

Well, I'm here to tell you you don't have to do that. You don't have to have a salad or workout until you pass out!

You do have to integrate veggies into your diet, but they don't have to be in lettuce salads. You can do simple movement.

If you push through this moment when you don't feel like doing anything healthy, you will come back to it.

Try having strips of veggies with a little dip instead of that big salad. There are plenty of ways to have veggies. I'll be having some with a roasted chicken today. I also enjoy just munching on pea pods and fresh beans.

Go for a walk instead of running as fast as you can. A mile is a mile, no matter how quickly you get there. Play an active video game instead. Start searching for new group activities in the local community center, you might find something else you enjoy. Exercises doesn't have to feel like exercise.

Try communicating in the groups here to discuss alternatives to what you're doing. You might find your Spark coming back when you start talking to others, I'll bet you're not the only one in the same situation.

The motivation comes and goes for everyone, but as long as it does eventually come back, you'll be on the right track. When it's waning, be sure to still make some healthy choices so you don't completely fall off the wagon. It's natural for a person to start wondering why they're doing it or get the burn out a couple of weeks into a new program, if we change it up, we'll be able to get through this little bump in motivation until we see the results of the habits we're trying to change.

Keep on moving, keep on making conscience choices and you'll get there!
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MPLSKEN 1/16/2013 2:37PM

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/16/2013 8:44AM

    Great advice, especially about being active in groups on SP - great motivation!

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GOLDENRODGIRL 1/15/2013 9:17PM

    Thanks - I needed that!

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TANYA602 1/15/2013 8:21PM

    This is such terrific advice -especially to newbies here on SP!

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CATTUTT 1/15/2013 2:59PM

    Excellent advice, and timely!

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ACRAIG921 1/15/2013 2:28PM

    Thanks for the great advice. I'm all for changing things up because if you don't, you will get bored and stray away. emoticon

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TORTISE110 1/15/2013 10:43AM

    We all need to remind ourselves to stay with it! Thanks.

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MNNICE 1/15/2013 10:32AM

    I totally agree that small doses of exercise and changes in eating habits help prevent "burn out" and keep us on the path to a healthy lifestyle!

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TRUCKERWIFE2 1/15/2013 10:31AM

    Good reminders emoticon emoticon

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CC3833 1/15/2013 10:24AM

    Thank you for these blogs... I really need the motivation... There are just so many tempting excuses. Good thing my want to lose weight is stronger than any excuses I can come up with.

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LOVESTOWALK49 1/15/2013 10:09AM

    Motivation seems to come in waves. Great advice.

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TKJUDGE 1/15/2013 9:52AM

    Awesome advice I need that bit of info!! Gives you a snap back to reality!!!

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CATHEMARIE 1/15/2013 9:51AM

    Great post! Lost my motivation and gained a lot of weight in a short period of time. Back to SparkPeople!!

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