How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
Create short term goals that will lead to the big goal you are trying to meet. Try to make your small goal realistic, time specific, and measurable. Don't say "I'll lose some weight soon", say "I want to lose 10 pounds in 2 months."
I made the background of my computer desktop a picture of a bathing suit (just the suit, not a model wearing it). Every time I go on the computer for something I see it. It's a constant reminder that I'm working towards feeling good enough about myself to wear that suit in public!
There will always be people who "know more than you" about how to lose weight, and who will criticize your program. Ignore them. You're not losing to impress them and they don't walk in your shoes. Plot your own course and give yourself credit for being able to think.
I've found that when I buy new work-out clothes (I love the ones I find at Target! Especially when they're on the sales rack) it makes me want to go exercise. I get to show off my new clothes and feel good about myself while working out.
Set goals. One of the secrets to being successful in a lifestyle change is to set goals. Set a long term goal first this is the ultimate goal. Then set several intermediate goals. These will be easier to reach thus helping you feel successful along the way. Then add a dose of perseverance.
I must weigh-in each week and now that I have made KOPS I must stay in a 10 lbs. range or loose my status.
This keeps you alert to your eating patterns and so far this time I have attained one year in range and five years total as a KOPS.
If you don't believe you can do it, then it won't happen. If you believe you can, it will. If you quit so will your body. It is up to you and no one else to make this lifestyle change.
Starting the day with a blog entry can help us focus on why we are staying on plan, and help us to do so, avoiding mindless eating and sitting.
It occurred to me last night that SparkPeople is open 24/7, so it does not matter when you have a rough spell...you can always plug into SparkPeople. Whew! Good to know!!
I see so many people here joining SP for the first time, or trying (yet again) to lose some excess weight. And unfortunately I see comments like "My goal is to run a marathon". While it's a great goal, as a *first* goal it's unrealistic and you're setting yourself up for the feeling of failing.