i think i might have found the secret key to keep going...
i have been down this road MANY times (too many to count)... but i think i might know my motivational tools!
#1 accountability... i have a couple of really great spark friends who check up on me every couple of days, or weekly.
having to be able to tell them that i am working hard, and what i have been doing, has been keepin' me in line.
the thought of me having to tell them that i didn't do anything (and letting my excuses be bigger than my goal) is NOT an option! they are kind, but know that they hafta be tough with me, too. they also keep me realistic, no saying i am gonna lose 10 pounds this week!
#2 fitbit... a spark friend introduced me to a little "friendly" competition, using the fitbit. i became friends with her (and a few others) with fitbit, and seeing their steps continually going up throughout the day, makes me work harder! i was at work DANCING,
to make a lot of steps quickly, i am SURE i looked like a dork!
, i don't care, i GOTTA get in my steps!
i BEG my family members to go walking with me!
and actually, it has helped my husband, he is enjoying walking, and feeling a little better!
#3 my career focus... having the goal to be a fitness/self defense instructor
, in the front of my mind, is helping. making working out and eating healthy, as part of my job, has helped me keep focused. i have a very high work ethic, and just have put it in my mind that this is part of my new career (someday soon), so i hafta start putting in the hours now. so, i walk
, work out
, and eat within my calorie, carb., fat, protein ranges, keeping my mind on my new career.
#4 miscellaneous... i have goal collages, pictures of how i want to look, inspiring quotes, my goals printed out, and posted, i say mantras while i am working out, and going throughout my day. i log into sparks and track my food intake, and exercise, connect with my spark friends.
#5 appropriate clothes... i am not wearing my baggy clothes to hide my body... which i learned DOESN'T help, it makes me look BIGGER! eeks! now i wear clothes that are more flattering... and a bonus, it makes me feel better!
#6 prayer... i pray a lot, not for strength and willpower, but for the continued knowledge that God is beside me, helping me every step of the way.
#7 forgiveness... i TRY to forgive myself for slip ups, after all, i am human, i am not a super model, i am not a celeb, i am NOT 21 years old anymore! i am a 45 yr old (for one more month!)mom, wife, healthcare worker... i remind myself that i am strong, smart, and sexy, and will be successful!
what are YOUR tools?
so, i got to get going, i hafta go "WORK" for my new career!
p.s. i am looking for MORE friends with my fitbit... so if you want to help me, with a little friendly competition, just go to my URL for fitbit, and add me, would love to have you share this fitness journey!