How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
I bought jeans from goodwill in different sizes...14, 12, 10, 8. I love trying to work my way down the sizes and it is an inexpensive way to get to my goal. When one size gets too big I re-donate them too.
Make goals/plans/lists for motivation and share them with everyone to help keep you accountable. Start pumping yourself up on a daily basis while you go over your goals/plans/lists and motivation shall soon follow. This applies to every single thing in life, not just eating right and working out.
It may seem odd since this is a weight loss site, but it really does help to take the focus OFF of your weight, even for a while. Setting a goal of being X pounds by X date can be too much stress and pressure. It may make you focus on being perfect or tempt you to make unhealthy choices.
The best way to spark positive energy for myself is to do something selfless for others... A potted plant with a "thanks for being a good neighbor" note left on a doorstep. The other day I paid for a couple of kids to get some water and granola at the library.
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There are times when all of the activity around me makes my mind swirl and I can't think. When this happens, I go off by myself in a quiet place for about 10 minutes. I practice deep breathing, relax and regroup. My thoughts settle down and I can make wiser choices and cope better.
Sunshine alone is motivation.
Reading is one of my hobbies. I always try to combine my weight loss efforts with things I love.
To motivate me to lose weight I go to the library every week & get a diet book. I may never try that plan, but I love to read inspirational stories & I do learn a trick or 2 to put in my repetoire.
I've made a playlist on my iPod labeled "Morning". On it I have about 10 songs that motivate me. Number 1 on the list is Miley Cyrus's The Climb" (if you have never listened to the words of this song you should)! I listen to this while putting on my make-up and it "Sparks" my whole day!
I don't call my change a diet I call it a journey, a journey to a new and healthier me!