I'll start with a few things that don't work for me. The big one is eating 1200 calories a day. I just can't do it! If I start eating less than 1500 calories a day - especially when I'm exercising a lot - I just get sick and start gaining weight, plus I'm cranky and it leads to binging after 3 or 4 days. I also can't cut things like chocolate out of my life completely, or expect myself to be 100% perfect.
Things that do work: Giving myself one "off" day on all my goals every week. If I don't have to succeed every day, then I don't feel like a failure when I have an off day. I've been doing that since the beginning of this journey and I have to say it's probably been the most helpful toward my mentality of anything I've done. Also, recently I found that eating fewer carbs - though not "low-carb" - and more healthy fat helps to control hunger for me.
And a big one: Determination works far more than motivation for me. I keep going, even when not motivated, even when discouragement has reared its ugly head. I am not in control over motivation or discouragement, which are feelings, but I *am* in control of my own actions, so I will exercise and eat right at least 6 days a week, no matter what I'm feeling. This is how I keep going even when everything is going wrong around me. Determination.
Pooka: the happy fairy. Sluagh: the sad fairy. It fits my bipolar personality.
"No one knows the battles we survive." --Umbrella Brigade
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