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New & Old Ways for me to stay Motivated

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Happy Thursday, Sparkers! September 26th already?! What!?! Wow!

My fitness minutes are at 1,275 right now. I would like to hit my 1,500 minutes goal by the end of this month! I have kickboxing Friday & Monday which will help a bit. If I want to hit the 1,500, I will HAVE to do some exercising on the weekend!

Since I am not losing much weight & have been fluctuating on the scale the past few months, I have been trying to find new ways to keep my motivation level high. I don't want to maintain at 160, but I definitely don't want to gain weight!

Here are some things I have recently been doing differently to keep myself motivated:

1. I bought myself some summer clothes on clearance that are a tad TOO small. I wouldn't wear the shirts or shorts out in public today, but I am hoping I will be able to wear them next summer! When I feel like I need a push, I try on the small clothes! I know I could wear them next year!

2. New Recipes - I get tired of eating the same food. Recently I have really been missing a lot of saucey food. Instead of having pasta every night, I have been looking up other sauce dishes. I want to start making spaghetti squash again. It is the season for it & I can get it pretty cheap at the farms nearby! I also could have fresh veggies with sauce as a side instead of pasta. I have made a baked ziti in the past with ground meat. I want to try to make an italian rice casserole with ground turkey! I think the new recipes are helping me stick to the better eating.

3. Various Exercises - Instead of just doing kickboxing, I have been doing kickboxing AND pilates. I used to just do one type of exercise a week. Now I am trying to add some variety. I work out different muscles which is a plus too.

4. Helping others with their journeys - A friend of mine started weight watchers a few weeks ago. Instead of just letting her do it on her own, I asked how the program was going. I remember from the past that people used to ask me if I was losing weight. They asked how the program was, but they didn't really have any actual advice for me. I wanted to reach out and let her know that I was here! Also, I introduced her to Spark and so far she says she is really enjoying it! That makes me feel good too because I love this community!

5. The feeling of not exercising - When I was sick a few weeks ago, I didn't do any workouts for a few days. I actually WANTED to exercise! I feel better mentally and physically after I work out. Most mornings I wake up happier when I worked out the night before.

6. Eliminating most dairy: I actually feel like doing this is motivating me to keep making better decisions in my other food choices. It has only been a month and a half since I have been trying to get rid of dairy. Most weekends I now have cereal with unsweetened almond milk. I keep saying no to cheese, but I also don't really have sour cream anymore also! I miss it, but saying NO to those items really helps me keep saying no to other "bad" foods.

7. Start now instead of later - Some people like to say "I will start my new diet on Monday, so I will eat whatever I want now." I don't want to live like that anymore.

There are a few things that are still motivating me, so I am not stopping! I need every bit of motivation I can get!!!!!!!!!

1. Reading other blogs - I really like reading about the other good days, binge days, personal records, non-scale victories, and other randomness of the Spark blogs!

2. Goals - I still like to make long term, short term, and mini goals! The other day I said I wouldn't have french fries for a week - I have a few more days left, and I think I can do it!

3. Pictures - I still look at my old pictures and comparison shots! They really help me realize how far I have come. I can't give up now!

4. Give to Get - I have to actually DO something to get the results I want! Even though I wish I could, I can't just sit around and hope for the best. A lot of planning goes into what I am going to eat and what I am not going to eat.

5. Stay far away from the Negative- We can't always avoid negativity, but I try to continue to stay away from it if I can. I don't need drama over unimportant things! My positivity is more important for me to keep reaching my goals.

6. SparkPeople! This website really helps me stay on track. Even if I slack off a bit, I know coming back on here really keeps me on the healthier & happier path!

Hopefully everyone has a great weekend working or off! Keep Sparking & keep pushing towards your goals!

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KONRAD695 10/2/2013 7:49AM

    That looks like a wonderful game plan. Well thought out. Keep going at it, you're doing great!!

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KALEWINE 9/28/2013 5:44PM

    Great plan! And great attitude! I've been at a plateau too, for a while. But I know if I keep making positive changes and stick to the plan, this plateau will end. It will end for you too if you keep pushing!

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STRONGERLEANER 9/27/2013 6:15PM

    Great idea to look at what already works and incorporate new things!

I'm sure you'll reach your goal!


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MOM4HOCKEY 9/27/2013 4:06PM

    Wow what a great blog & goals!! You've got me motivated!! emoticon
Changing things up and keeping things fresh and new is always a great way to keep fighting the good fight!! Keep at it your most definitely on the right track !! emoticon

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ALICIALYNNE 9/27/2013 8:33AM

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EXPLORER2988 9/27/2013 6:56AM

  As usual great blog....thanks for posting, hope you make your goal of 1500 fitness minutes. I set a goal of 1300 for myself and have passed the 1500 minute mark. People like yourself motivate me to keep going.......

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2HAMSDIET 9/27/2013 12:01AM

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KAPELAKIN 9/26/2013 11:12PM

    Sounds like you've found some great new motivation. I know you'll be in those shorts next summer! emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/26/2013 9:32PM

    You have identified a lot of really great goals and action steps for yourself! Great work! I know it will be helpful to you in the long run!! emoticon

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DALID414 9/26/2013 9:05PM

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SPARKLISE 9/26/2013 7:40PM

    You have great strategies to be successful!
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MICKEYH 9/26/2013 5:34PM

    You've got some great ways to keep motivate yourself. Way to go. But don't wait till next Summer to able to fit your new tad small clothes. Aiming to fit it sooner. I have face in you. You can do it. Keep on keeping on !!
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