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Once I decided I wanted to shed 90 pounds, I bought an outfit in the size I will be when I lose it. I keep the outfit hanging prominently in my closet. I even took a picture of it with my cellphone. Anytime I feel my resolve slipping, I take a look at my outfit and remember what it's all about.
I do a two mile walk and do push ups on low benches or block walls, squats, lunges, calf raises, I get my aerobic and weight training on my daily walk. It's fun! I am really building strength and stamina. I do this 5 - 6 times a week.
It is important to reward yourself. For doing the every day things I have stars that I stick next to having met a daily goal. For bigger goals remember to have something that you have desired for a while, and I don't mean a doughnut!!
Attitude is everything. Stay positive and you will achieve positive results. Don't be too hard on yourself when you experience a setback. DON'T DWELL on a mistake, REGROUP AND EXCEL! Achieving optimal fitness and health is a process. With patience and persistence, you will achieve.
Every morning I send an email to a friend of mine telling her how I did the previous day: the food I ate, if I exercised, etc. This is a good way to start my day and get me on track, reminding me of my goals. It also helps me see where I failed the previous day and what areas I can do better in.
I pick out a none food related reward for each month I hit a goal, stay on my plan or reach a new insight. Currently maintaining my weight, I pick out a reward that keeps me focus. The reward keeps me going and something to look forward to getting. Next reward is a day spa.