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9/8/08 11:54 A

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My motivation tends to come from Sparkpeople. When I don't log in and get chatty with others in my position I lose faith and go back to my old ways. When I log in daily, track my calories and waters and weigh myself once a week I find I do much better. You guys are my inspiration, so don't disappear!

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LAESS113's Photo LAESS113 Posts: 806
8/27/08 2:29 P

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Look for other ways to measure your success. Don't just rely on the number on the scale. By eating better and exercising you probably feel better -- that is HUGE. Also, get a scale that measure body fat percentage, if you are working out you will see that number drop even if the other one doesn't.

Finish what you've started!


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CHRIS2365's Photo CHRIS2365 SparkPoints: (44,351)
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8/26/08 12:29 P

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Although the idea of small changes is a fine one, some experts are saying that those people who dive head first and make big changes are more likely to stick with things long term because they're rewarded by results. Even if they don't do everything perfectly, if they do 2/3 of it right, they're still 2/3 of the way ahead.

As for me, to stay motivated, first of all, I try to do what works. I know I have to stay within the recommended calorie range or I will gain weight. I know that cardio just needs to be a part of my life. However, I don't consider exercise to be for weight loss, but for my health. If you exercise, be careful you don't overcompensate with extra calories.

I change things out constantly. I try new food products every time I go shopping, I usually try at least one new recipe a week, I try new fitness options all the time.

I keep a stash of just slightly too small clothes to try on periodically. If they could barely zip last month and this month that zipper slides right up, that's motivation!

If hunger isn't the problem, food isn't the answer.


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8/26/08 12:05 P

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How do you stay motivated when it seems like you aren't making any progress?? I am feeling really frustrated by the lack of weight loss and while I know that I am not perfect everyday, I also know that I am not being "bad" all the time... I hear everyone saying that small changes helped them get started, but that doesn't seem to be working for me at all!! It is really de-motivating... why am I even trying?

Any good advice??

Thanks!
Alli

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