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11/17/10 3:51 P

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The problem with motivation is that it is almost entirely a mental game...you have to be really good at psyching yourself out.

There is no easy way to learn how to do that but there are things you can do to "encourage" your brain to help you do it. I've found that when I start feeling really unmotivated if I can make myself *do* something then I can usually bully myself into getting where I need to go. Even if it's something silly and small like emptying the dish washer--so long as it involves some physical act of "doing" instead of just "sitting" it helps. I am a shameless abuser of that positive little biochemical boost you get when you finish/ accomplish something.

So the answer to your question about staying motivated is "mind games".

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REDBONE94 Posts: 2
11/16/10 9:07 A

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What makes you stay motivated? I have a hard time staying motivated to continue dieting and going to the gym. I haven't been to the gym in 3 weeks. I've been trying to cut back on sugar, but I seem to get the cravings after I eat something sweet. I just need someone to help me stay motivated. Doing it by yourself is hard.

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CAERYN's Photo CAERYN Posts: 121
11/15/10 3:10 P

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Welcome back and congratulations on your upcoming wedding :-)

So, do you have a plan to stay on target through the holidays? I always waver on diet and exercise over the holidays...bad weather + good food = lazy Caeryn :-p I tried setting myself a fairly ambitious goal through the end of this year...hoping it will help keep me on track. What's your battle strategy? Anything the team can do to help you out?

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REDBONE94 Posts: 2
11/8/10 4:11 P

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Hello everyone. I recently started using sparkpeople again. I was using at the beginning of the year, but I fell off because I got tired of tracking and lost the motivation to workout. I'm hoping I can get the inspiration and motivation to continue my journey. I'm getting married in March 2011 and hoping to loose two dress sizes by then. From there I would like to loose another two dress sizes.

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