How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
I recently had my annual physical and was told that I am prediabetic. My dad has type II diabetes so this is my wake up call. I am in control right now and have made the committment to do everything in my power to keep myself as just a prediabetic. Using Spark People really helps me track my eating.
I needed to find a way to reward myself that did not cost any $, but still would encourage me along the way. I found I can give myself wonderful goodies with all those Spark Points I am accumulating. I am saving up now for a Virtual Vacation when I finally get to the 10% weight lost point!
In the a.m., cut up a lemon (wedges) and put them in a small cup in refrigerator, top & center. Each time I drink water, i've been putting two wedges of lemon. Seeing the lemon everytime you open the fridge serves as a 'reminder', and makes the water taste great!
Develop a personal DECLARATION - to empower you during challenging times. I have a couple of them:
"I am MORE than a number on the scale - I am a LIONESS!!!"
"No matter WHAT the scale says, I will always be the strongest and healthiest ME that I can be!"
Don't continually look how far you still have to go in your journey to health. Remember to look back to remind yourself just how far you've come!! You may not be where you want to be yet, but you certainly aren't where you used to be!! And that's progress!
It is easier to get up at 5 am to workout when I know that my workout partner is counting on me to be there, since she got up that early too. Some mornings are tough because of a long, late night, with a sick child, late night grocery runs, working my second job, etc., but "she is waiting on me."
If you can afford it, subscribe to a fitness/health oriented magazine like Health, Women's Health, or Runner's World. They serve as a monthly reminder to stay on track, and I always find something new to motivate me to keep going! You can also share magazines with friends or go to your library!
I get my family members together on the weekend to help make meals and snacks for all "next week". Everyone walks away with their goodies and I get a refrigerator full of ready made snacks & frozen meals, which makes it easy to have something accessible, it cuts down cheating!
It is so easy on this journey to get down and frustrated, when this happens I remind myself how fortunate that I am. Weight is something that I can change, there are many people who face insurmountable obstacles that they can't change. I tell myself stop attending my own pity-party and get going!