I'm still not sure. I did rely on the motivation to look good on wedding day, which has recently passed, so now I'm looking for somewhere to turn. So far, I'm doing well.
While I was in the process of losing weight, it was easier to find motivation because all I had to do was look in the mirror or grab a handful of belly fat and that caused me to not want to eat when I wasn't hungry. Now, I'm trying to focus on the health benefits of good diet and exercise rather than the physical.
I also try and remind myself of how good I feel when I exercise and eat right. The food choices I make DEFINITELY affect my mood.
current weight: 123.5
Fitness Minutes: (79,270) Posts: 3,020 11/10/07 7:00 P
I think it's both. I'm consistent on a lot of good habits, but without the self-motivation, I tend to veer off course really quickly and really easily. I'm good at eating my fruit at work but it's equally as easy for me to eat chocolate that might be sitting out.
Yesterday, I found the motivation to avoid the sweets we had at work. Whew.
I think for me, it is the combination of self-discipline and motivation. I try to stay motivated, and things like buying a size down or actually liking what I see in the mirror, will increase my motivation. The fact that I'm having more "cute" days now, and a different mindset, increases my motivation. However, there are SOME days that it just ISN'T there. I'd rather go home and take a nap rather than workout. THAT'S where the self-discipline comes in. It takes over when the motivation is taking a nap!
All that we see and seem is but a dream within a dream.
- Edgar Allan Poe
Pounds lost: 6.0
Fitness Minutes: (33,935) Posts: 10,077 11/8/07 10:28 A
I'm with LadyDonkey and Aquafit... it's all about consistency for me.
It helps that I am a creature of habit... I love routine. I dislike change. In some cases, that makes me pretty boring... but in the case of maintaining weight loss, it's a MAJOR benefit! :D Now that I have the new, GOOD habits, it's much easier for me to keep it up.
I definitely do not rely on motivation... as was mentioned, it's very fickle. ;)
"Do, or do not. There is no try." - Yoda
Total Pounds Lost with SparkPeople: 65!
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Fitness Minutes: (82,652) Posts: 3,565 11/8/07 9:58 A
I had to put some thought into this. I think I did and do need motivation. This was only one of the pieces missing in my past diets. To be motivated means realizing there are some things in life you can't do alone. It always lifts me up when reading others success stories and struggles. Motivation can last as long as I keep on OLE SPARKIE. I am committed to NEVER go back to my fat ways, It's too hard on my body, time is running out. I reward myself occasionally with food, but sure can't eat like I used to. Food still taste good but do not stuff myself. I had to learn patience, all for now. Skeeter
For me motivation is found by doing it. I am not sure that really makes sense. :-)
If I feel unmotivated to eat healthy, or exercise, waiting for it to come is not an option for me. It doesn't seem to work that way. I hear a lot of people say 'I am just not ready yet'. That also doesn't work for me.
I had been on a pretty long spree of unhealthy habits, resulting in about a 5lbs weight gain. Finally I had to say...enough is enough.
I set myself back on track, feeling the kid within me kicking and screaming and fighting against it. But after a few days of doing it, I not only lost a pound I also found the motivation to keep it up, and it became much easier.
I weighed in this morning and I am another 1.4 lbs down. :-) I really feel like I am on a roll.
"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."
Once it's part of my routine, I keep doing it, whether I want to or not. Do I not brush my teeth because I don't want to? No, I do it! Do I not make my bed because I don't feel like it? No, I make the bed.
Motivation comes and goes. That is why I do not depend on it. It is unreliable. Consistency is always there for me.
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