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How To Stay Motivated

Monday, February 25, 2013

- Take one day at a time

In order to be mindful and live in the moment, I gotta take it one minute, one hour, one day at a time.

- Surround yourself with positivity

Negative things like news, music, books, people just suck the air and energy and life out of you. Negative attracts negative. Turn it around. Be positive! I'm not saying it's gotta be hearts and flowers and ponies... just be positive! Positive attracts positive.

- Create a dream board

It really does help in visualizing goals and what you want to achieve and accomplish.

- Ask yourself what you want, and make realistic goals accordingly

On my second time here @ SP, I wanted to become the healthiest I could be as opposed to a number. I let SP determine not only the amount of weight to lose, but the time frame in which to accomplish it. When I hit that first goal - then I will consider my options.

- Reward yourself

No food as a reward. I am not a pet. However when I received a surprise bonus this year I treated myself to something I have long wanted - a Kitchen Aid mixer! How I have managed to exist for 25.75 years of marriage without one in my kitchen is now completely a mystery to me! Nothing funnier than my husband coming into the kitchen as I am hand-mixing something and pointing out that I have the mixer and could be using it. D'oh!

- Believe in yourself

I know I can convince myself to do anything if only I believe. I make sure I have the tools for success and keep honing them. I will not stand in my own way. What I want is on the other side of fear and I will get there.

- Acknowledge your attributes

About 13 years ago (37) I realized that if I didn't toot my own horn, no one outside my immediate family of my husband and Mom would realize. So that's what I started to do.

- Recognize your progress

It took awhile for me to see my own progress because I needed to re-see myself as I was currently unfolding and budding as opposed to what I had been seeing.

- Visualize accomplishing your goals

I don't visualize myself being smaller, I just picture myself physically being able to do things I wasn't sure I could accomplish before.

- Celebrate every pound lost

Trust me, there would be confetti for every loss if I didn't have to clean it up myself!

- Be kind to yourself

Super important for me to tell that negative committee in my head to sit down and shut up, or even better, just get out. If I wouldn't talk to other people in that fashion, why should I talk to myself that way?

- Focus on how your feel, not the scale

A huge thing when you consider it. The scale is great at reflecting my relationship to gravity and just plain awful at anything else. I know it is so easy to get hung up on the numbers and let your self-worth suffer, but I make sure I don't fall into that trap because it is super negative. I am totally worthy regardless of what the scale says.

- Don't compare yourself to others

Comparison is the thief of joy. Seriously! It churns up so many negative feelings. If you're an emotional eater like me it just becomes a vicious cycle. So, nip it in the bud!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Excellent blog. Great list. I like the way you make it personal.

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REMEMBER2BME 2/25/2013 4:20PM

    Great blog. These are really great points.

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KAYDE53 2/25/2013 3:32PM

    You're one of the most positive motivators, I know!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 2/25/2013 1:06PM

    I think you wrote this just for me! emoticon .......I know all this, BUT, I also know if I don't remain focused,,,,,by doing all the things you mentioned,,,,,I can lose control very easily,,,,,,still,,,,,,I need to find something to push me over to the other side,,,,,, emoticon

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ISAVEDME80 2/25/2013 11:19AM

    thanks for sharing. its all wonderful truths

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FELINEBETTER 2/25/2013 10:52AM

    You said it all! Wow! Who can't relate to this? lol If only we could record all this and put on a thumb drive to be played in our heads!

You Go Girl!

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LAILATN 2/25/2013 10:21AM

    This is one of the best blog posts I've read. Your sense of humor and perspective are inspirational! Thanks again!

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SISSIE21 2/25/2013 8:46AM

    Love this blog post! Thank you for the list. It is a great reminder of what this weight loss journey is really all about. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/25/2013 7:27AM

    I keep meaning to start a dream board (vision collage) but I'm such a procrastinator!

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WELLNESSME09 2/25/2013 7:22AM

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CAT609 2/25/2013 7:13AM

    I love it!

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DMEYER4 2/25/2013 6:48AM

  very wise thanks

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