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Staying Motivated

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Staying motivated when it seems like your efforts just aren't showing the results you expected, can be difficult. You have to remember, in most cases, you didn't put the weight on over night. It most like took years to get into the shape you are in. It was that way for me. It happened over a twenty year period. I had four children during that time and gained weight with each pregnancy. I was so focused on being a mother, I didn't really pay close attention to my weight. Now that I am older it is more difficult, but it couldn't be more important to me. I want to be around for my grandchildren. They are my motivation, not the scale. I see every ounce of my effort as an opportunity to be here for them; getting to know them and for them to get to know me. Focus on how you feel after walking a mile, swimming a couple of laps or pushing through a few reps on the weight equipment. The sense of accomplishment you feel...stop looking at the scale.
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    Scales can lead to dissatisfaction with yourself and your goals. Try this as a visual motivation technique. Measure your waist and then cut a piece of ribbon or yarn to match your measurement (that way its private, only you will know the measurement). Hang the ribbon or yarn on the back of your bedroom door or on the wall next to your full-length mirror. Then one to two weeks from now, after you have eaten a well balanced diet and performed your workout routine for that time-frame, measure yourself again and cut a new piece of ribbon or yarn. Hang the two pieces side by side. You will see the difference.

    If you like the technique, keep it going and watch the ribbon or yarn shrink along with your waistline.
    1758 days ago
    Getting started, even when you don't feel like it is so important. Once you get into your groove, you can't help it; something takes over and you just keep going. This morning at the gym (5:00am), I walked in and the regulars gave me a good lashing. They were calling me out for not being there all week. It really felt good. They noticed I wasn't there and they told me so. That is such a good feeling to have people pulling for you and holding you accountable. Get a good support system around you. Even people at a gym can be in your corner. Stay motivated.
    1759 days ago
    Even if the motivation is not there it seems that once you get started you just keep going! Good luck!
    1761 days ago
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