I have found the community here pretty darn motivating the last few days. I hadn't really tried to engage until very recently and my motivating is really high right now. I'm also participating in a friendly weight loss contest at work they're calling The Biggest Loser. Everyone pays $10 and then we pay $1 a pound if we gain. If you don't gain or stay the same, you don't pay anything extra. Whoever has lost the most weight at the end of the contest wins all the money.
What do you do to reward yourself? I have my goals and rewards listed on my spark page. They're things like, a $20 gift certificate to Amazon. I guess I could get anything with that but what I had in mind was a couple books for my Kindle. I haven't set any of my goals as food or as being food related. I've put a few small trips as rewards because I love to travel and see new places.
Do you set mini goals? Yes, currently my goal is to lose a BMI inch roughly every four to five weeks. That goal is extremely moderate but I'm happy with it.
Do you feel guilty when you reward yourself for reaching a mini goal or re-energized? Absolutely not. I'm pretty handy with the "Ugh, I'm so FAT!" "OMG, I look terrible!" stick. I don't think it's at all a bad thing to be just as handy with the carrots... as long as I'm not rewarding myself with food.
What can others do to help motivate you? Talk to me. Give me suggestions about how to fight cravings or plateaus. Things like that. I love to cook so a new healthy recipe suggestion is nice. Just engaging socially with a group of people with similar goals and challenges is motivating. We're social creatures and like to know we're not alone.
What's the most motivational blog you've read recently? I find my sister KCathy's blog both motivational and amusing. I lose my breath laughing so often I'm pretty sure I'm burning calories reading it.
And anything else you can think about motivation!
Well, I love the word. I used to live in Slovakia and I had a friend who LOVED the word motivation but he pronounced it with a Slovak accent so it came out motiwation. Everytime I read or hear motivation I hear Peter's voice and smile.
Other than that, I like focusing on the positives and encouraging others. I find that I never motivate myself as much as when I'm trying to motivate another person.
I'm just like any other person. I buckle my straight jacket one buckle at a time.
What motivates you? Thinking a lot about what I'm going to be able to do after I lose the weight (go dancing without worrying what others think! wearing that dress I grew out of!), setting goals with rewards, and reading others' success stories.
What do you do to reward yourself? I have rewards in place for every 10 pounds that I lose, but right now it's mostly just my sick devotion to Spark Points and seeing those rows of days in which I accomplished my daily goals on the Summary Calendar
Do you set mini goals? Yep. Right now it's to stay under 1500 calories a day and walk at least 15 minutes a day. When I'm on the treadmill, though I try to see how fast I can go 1.25 miles so I can get done faster. Uhh, that's not very fast right now, lol.
Do you feel guilty when you reward yourself for reaching a mini goal or re-energized? I feel re-energized for not quitting, but I haven't come up with smaller rewards yet. Need to do that.
What can others do to help motivate you? The encouragement here at SP and just having people notice and comment on what I'm doing here has been huge.
What's the most motivation blog you've read recently? I can't remember the names involved, but it was one by a girl who was halfway there and commenting on how far she had come.
And anything else you can think about motivation! I'm motivated by long-term goals and by other people just noticing what I'm up to. I know that if I don't exercise or eat right, for example, that Judi over in the group for last week's starters will later ask how I'm doing, and I'll have to be honest. It's not that she'd think badly of me (she'd probably be hugely encouraging) but that I'd rather tell her how great I'm doing.
I don't have to convince other people that I can reach my goals. They'll believe me after I do, and I'm not doing this for them anyway.
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