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6/7/13 1:13 P

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when I lose motivation i recall the time in which i have gained weight. I make my self realize if i have gained weight in one year it will take some time to sheds of and plus i read motivation articles. emoticon



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I read motivational articles and quotes.....Also write in a journal



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If i've lost motivation I try to make sure to get a good nights sleep, up my water and make myself do a workout DVD from TurboFire. I usually feel so good after the sleep, water and/or video that I can get my motivation back up.

Sometimes just a hot shower or bath, self facial, manicure, pedicure, eyebrow wax, etc can also jump start me.



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6/6/13 12:31 A

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Think about what i am greatful for
listen to songs or read things with an encouraging theme



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6/5/13 8:02 P

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I like the idea of trying on your "too big" clothes. This would definitely be motivating to me.

"If you never forgive and let go of your past, you'll never give yourself the opportunity to create your future." - me


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I like the idea of a nap. I am really having trouble staying motivated because the scale just won't move beyond 208. I just try to keep plugging along!



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I would rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.


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Keep the desire alive even if the motivation isn't there. Don't give up. And yes, remember how those past victories made you look, made you feel, made you push forward!



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Talk to myself and take a look at how far I have come. My TOOO big clothes are a great motivator. Pray a lot for strength.

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Force myself. When I force myself, and even if it's only 10 minutes, I feel better. I think it motivates me because I pretty much tell myself it is something I'll get over and if I just don't quit, I will get past it. So during that time, any little amount I do try, it is worth it when I finally get past that slump and start working hard again. I think it's normal for our minds and bodies to feel a little sluggish at times, and as long as we are aware that it isn't permanent, we will keep trying.

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Log on to SP and read motivational stories, message boards and blogs. That usually helps. Sometimes I just trying to keep up with my 6 year old is a reminder of how out of shape I am and that motivates me to stay on track!

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Call my sister/training partner. Chances are good if I'm not feeling it she can pull me out of my funk. I also find watching an action movie with a good, strong female lead tends to do the trick as well

The minefields of life never go away, we just get better at navigating them.

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I think about what I did the day before and remember that I can at least do that. I can, and I will!





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6/5/13 1:04 P

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I had joined Sparks some time ago, but now I truly HAVE to get moving, my 7 Grands are one of my big motivators, I want to see them grow up.

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6/5/13 12:06 P

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the only thing that makes me lose motivation is when I am in pain from a workout the previous day, and then I still start to realize how important it is to exercise for my health. I try to do 3 days of cardio and 3 days of strength training , but sometimes I have things to do where I try to talk myself out of it. I realize then, it would be better to put the other things off and do them another time, then put my exercise off and lose my motivation. it is funny you should bring this up now because I have been trying to talk myself out of going to the gym today, but so far, it seems as if I will be going anyways. if you are having problems motivating, read the articles on motivation on hear. emoticon

slowly but surely I will get to where I am going.


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I don't know anymore. Sometimes I think mine has left the country!


Every day is a new day with a new chance to do something great!
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6/5/13 11:54 A

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I am still trying to figure that out!

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain!


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6/5/13 10:21 A

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I almost lost my motivation yesterday but I thought about how many times in my life I've stopped and started exercising and I really hate starting over. So I pushed myself and put in an hour. So happy I did.

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I push through and hope for the best to come my way again.



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Recently I had some setbacks and my routine was affected. What motivated me is not wanting to regain weight. I as have a friend who also is in the fight and winning and thinking of her motivates me to keep going. She is not a spark person but i give her tips and hints and exercising from this web site and I challenge her with some of the exercises and another friend who is fighting like me, we exercise together, so that has helped tremendously. Sometimes in the morning it is a real struggle to get up but I think of the benefits.... Hope this helps you!!! emoticon

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6/4/13 8:22 P

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I really needed to read this message board today. Thanks for posting such great stuff. I had a weekend where we did some travelling to a relative's wedding. We were on the road a lot and tired...the exhaustion was more problematic than the food thing. We ate...and I probably went a little bit over on the food (not much though, I was careful), but the shear exhaustion is really hitting me this week. I'm on call, and I'm not getting the sleep I should either. I'm ready for the weekend already!



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I like this topic... I have such a hard time getting motivated again. I know a huge part of that is that it's been hard to shake the "all or nothing at all" attitude. I will come and re-read this topic when I start feeling myself sliding backwards...

Thank you all for sharing!

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." - Thomas Edison

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. ~ Deepak Chopra ~

Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us.
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6/4/13 7:09 P

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I am slowly getting myself re-motivated. It's very hard. The summer is here and since sept. I gained back the 20 "pounds I originally lost using sp. So... I have not been motivated for some time. (very sad in fact) Now... I'm starting all over again. I try to say in my head "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" and "You never regret exercise, You always regret not exercising" It's become my mantra. I hope I can keep it up. I refuse to buy a bigger size and right now nothing fits me. (That should be motivation enough) emoticon

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6/4/13 12:45 P

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To quote the sargent in the movie Stripes "Lighten up Francis". Give yourself some credit for juggling 3 kids and college! Fate put you in this nutrition class for a reason - why not try complimenting the classmate and asking her advice - maybe you could be her class project?
I have fallen off many times but found that writing down and sticking with my meal plan is a big morale booster. The pounds will follow...I also like to listen to motivational music - one of my favs is by LMFAO - I'm sexy and I know it. Which you would find quite funny because looking at me - I am definitely NOT sexy body material! It's all in the attitude :)

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6/4/13 9:27 A

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I surround myself with good things and wait for the feeling to come back. Sometimes once I take action, the motivation returns on its own.

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Struggling with that right now, especially since I am now taking summer courses at a local college, and my classmates in one of my nutrition classes are rather a bit "uppity" and pretty much ignore me (Fat girl picked last kind of thing, No one wants a 'Whale' on their team...) And maybe it is me being too hard on myself because I am so angry that I let my weight get the better of me, but regardless I am having a rough time of it. I want so badly to go back to my pre-3 kid weight, but the goal just seems to be forever far away, especially when your classmate (who is very skinny and a health nut) makes a snide comment about how "America is getting fatter and dumber" with the fat girl sitting behind you =\ Now I know it may not have been aimed at me directly, but it still was a bit.. well I took it to heart because I am struggling with my own weight. I look at my 18-20 yr old pictures and I WISH I had that body again, but all the wishing in the world won't make my size 18 @ss fit into my size 8 jeans.

So --- ZUMBA it is, and I'm getting a personal trainer to work with me on toning up and weight loss. Next year this time, I will be wearing a swimsuit to the beach and not covering up with a t shirt 4x bigger than me.

Guetta + Zumba would make for some interesting classes!


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6/4/13 1:17 A

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Ugh--it's happened to me too many times. Sometimes when I'm trying to work my way through a thick crowd I will just shuffle my feet forward until I see an opening--but I keep shuffling my feet until then. Staying this course is not so different. Find a "shuffle" you can do--maybe it's promising yourself that you'll always go "up one/down two" by the stairs. Maybe it's switching your breakfast once a week for yogurt or shredded wheat. Maybe it's cutting out one frou-frou coffee drink. Whatever it is, focus on that one tiny thing--that shuffle--until you "see the opening" that represents a wider focus on all the great strides you've made. Even if you're moving forward more slowly, you're still moving forward. And that sure beats the alternative!
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a Fitbit and encouragement from a large group of fellow users has boosted mine. I joined a bunch of groups on fitbit. It tracks your "steps" (generic expenditure of energy I think of it as), It promotes goal setting and attainment. It helps to chat with people who track your steps as you can see theirs as well directly. No lamo limits like SP. But it will export directly to SP the 120 fitness minutes per day allowed.

I also listen daily to a sports psychologist who has a phone in message daily -FREE since 1992. He is a great motivator himself and has frequent encouraging stories and sometimes interviews. If you would like his phone number let me know. Dr. Rob Gilbert - Success Hotline. I don't have my phone handy now.

O, that this too too solid flesh would melt
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!


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I'm kind of at the tail end of my motivation loss. I'm just starting to get back the motivation that I once had. It really helps to talk to supportive people about the issues that your having and just having someone listen to you and give some positive feedback really helps.



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I grab a friend (a good friend) who can revitalize my spirit and get me re-motivated. If no one is around I have a heart-to-heart chat with myself (which includes reflection) as to what do I want for myself.

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6/3/13 3:11 P

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Yesterday, I was standing at the sink eating Ben and Jerry's ice cream... and I looked down and there was my dog staring at me and wagging his tail, ready for a walk. And I thought, well, I can continue eating my ice cream or I can walk the dog and go to zumba class and sweat out the damage this sugar has done... I walked the dog, and hit zumba class... sometimes it's not always you motivating you, but the dog with the big brown eyes saying wouldn't it be more fun to go for a walk?????? Life is all about choices...

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listen to lectures on healthy weight benefits



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I'm struggling with that right now.



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I remember that wanting to want to get back up on the horse is the first step.



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When I lose my motivation, I sit and mope a while and then look in the mirror and get on the scale. I think about how I don't want to gain back the weight I have lost, how I want to stay in my smaller size clothing and how a few of my coworkers offer no motivation or tips and constantly try to get me to eat pizza, donuts and Starbucks every day as they do and I say no. I think of all of the above and get back on that treadmill and pull out my fruits and veggies.



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Coming on the sparkpeople web site helps out a lot, but I also think about where I started and how I felt being at that place in my life. I don't want to go back there and I've made a commitment to myself to push forward. If you have a bad day that's okay, but like someone said earlier on this thread, it's what you do next that really matters.

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I read other people's posts here to get motivated.


Teresa

“Every choice you make has an end result.” ~Zig Ziglar

“Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~George Bernard Shaw

“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” ~Carol Welch





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Get an Instagram account and find some fitness minded people to follow! There are plenty of men and women, young and not so young on Instagram who love taking "selfies" and showing their gym progress and diet dedication, for example, instagram.com/t_reynolds22. At first this may seem like vanity (and for many it is), but they also want to inspire their followers to make better and more consistent choices and many of them will show their before and after pics of their journey, what they're eating, etc. They're also the kind of positive, goal oriented people that help me realize that the crucial factor in achieving a goal is believing in and envisioning yourself as your own change agent. I work out in the morning and ritually spend 5 minutes when I wake up looking at the latest pics and motivational phrases like "Someone else's success should be nothing but your motivation." Gets me in the right mindset to get to the gym and put in the effort and consistency that is required to make positive change!

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This is very inspiring. Thank you! I really like what you said about caring that you did something counterproductive. I've never thought of it like that. You're a super awesome motivator!!

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It's the little things that help me remember to keep on keeping on. My eldest daughter is getting married in July. Rather than hike around stores looking for a dress I looked in my closet and found a dress I had never worn because it did not fit. (I had bought it a few years ago at the advice of my daughter, despite it being VERY snug.) When I tried it on now it was a perfect fit, thanks to SparkPeople! I am so happy as I don't have to splurge on a new dress and I know that all my hard work is paying off.
I do have times when I eat mindlessly but now have the strength to pull back and remember to drink more water and eat foods which are better for me.

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I heard a lovely phrase once that stayed with me....

"it's not what you do, it's what you do next that counts"

I'm sorry, I don't know where I heard it so I can't tell you who said it, but it's words of wisdom that I remind myself off when I've had a slip up or am lacking in motivation.

Don't give up - You can totally do this!!!
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I'll read my bible and/or pray that helps me to focus on why I'm getting healthy.



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I like to come on SparkPeople and read all the motivating blogs and watch the videos. All of us have bad days, it is what you do the day after that counts.



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I have enjoyed reading the many responses to this question, and I agree with most of them.

For me, when I am struggling with motivation, it helps to be around other fitness-minded people. People like YOU. Reading goals, tips, ideas, and success stories can give me the extra boost that I need.

Realistic goals, in particular, help me with motivation. If I challenge myself to an upcoming 5K walk/run or a new outdoor activity, those challenges can spark my motivation/interest.

An upcoming beach vacation and wanting to look better in my own clothes can help me as well.



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6/2/13 11:35 A

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We all have days and times that we lose motivation for the things we know that we should be doing. What I do is not give up and keep moving. I have seen some positive results and I do not want to lose those results so I concentrate on the positive and keep moving forward. I make take a small break and exercise less or eat things that I should not, but I keep moving even if it is slower than I normally do. My motto is to "Just Keep Moving" Eventually I find my way back to what I know.



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I am sorry if this is a repeat of any other poster's reply, but its my all-time favorite motivator!! I keep one particular outfit in my closet from my heaviest point. Its a pair of jeans and a long sleeve tee shirt that I wore on a family outing, so there are lots of pics taken of myself wearing those very clothes. I pull them out, put them on and look at a pic of myself in that outfit (I have one on my fridge for example!) and relish the fact that I am absolutely swimming in those clothes!!!!! No matter how bad I am feeling about myself or how unmotivated I may be at that time... that ALWAYS reminds me of how far I have come and how good that feels. It makes me want to work harder every time! Good luck and just remember, this is a lifestyle choice and that means that sometimes you make a decision to treat yourself or take a day off. When you live this lifestyle of being healthy, you have forever to work on it! emoticon



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Here's what I do:
1. Read, re-read, print out and post, and read yet again MY GOALS. Remind myself of why I WILL succeed at this!

2. Remind myself that feeling "less than enthusiastic" can happen to anyone, even super elite athletes. The difference between them and we mere mortals is that they don't let that feeling stop them. I can feel however I want - I just need to keep going anyway.

3. Pair up with someone for workouts. Doesn't have to be everyday - maybe just for those times when you most often feel like giving in to skipping. Then you're not doing it just for you - someone else is counting on you.

4. Build a fresh new workout playlist with high-energy, upbeat tunes!

5. Pick up a fitness magazine, or a celebrity magazine full of pictures of gorgeous fit women and imagine how it will feel to achieve that for myself!

"Sweat is just your fat crying."

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After 11 months of SparkLing, I've realized there have been some ups and downs.

First, I allow myself to feel the disappointment that comes with letting myself down. Set the timer, have a pity party, and when the timer buzzes, get back on the good foot.

Second, go back and review the posts you made, the foods you ate, and the exercises you did at a time when you were successful. Get back in touch with your WONDERFULNESS!!! (Yes, I have a proclivity of making up words that fit!) emoticon

Finally, remember, the fact that you actually CARE that you did something you know is counterproductive, is actually productive! You CANNOT completely undo the work you have done in one day or even one week. You will feel the difference when you get back to your routine, but you WILL get back to your routine. emoticon

Give yourself a break. We all need one, whether we acknowledge it or not. Find a Spark Team to join that gives constant motivation and offers friendship and support. I honestly don't know what I would have done in the past year, with everything that happened in my life, if I didn't have a caring Spark Friend to rely on! Literally, they were my source of support for SO many ridiculous life things that brought me down in the last year. emoticon I LOVE THIS SITE!!! YOU CAN DO IT -- keep going even if it's just ONE good thing you do for yourself today! You don't have to be PERFECT to be great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I'M WORKING WITH PURPOSE TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL!!!

DAILY AFFIRMATION: "I love to move my body! I feel fat burning off of me with the heat of a supernova! I eat the right amount of calories, and I am healthy, happy, and stress free!"


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6/1/13 9:03 A

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when I lose my motivation, I mostly just keep going anway. I admit this does not make for a good workout, but it is better than no workout. Eventually, something comes along that re-energizes me.


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