How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
If you always say a nice thing to others, it does make their day. Which in turn will brighten yours. Even if it is just a smile or a "hello", "nice day." Be sincere
One of the least helpful things I face is treats people bring to work and/or food I can't put numbers on if I eat out. I am going to start spinning the SparkWheel ONLY on days when I can truthfully log all of the food I eat (and stay under my numbers).
I put pictures of myself from my fit days or little notes all around the house so every time I turn a corner, there is something there to remind me of my goals... there are pictures and notes to myself on the refrigerator, in the refrigerator, on the pantry, on my bathroom mirror, in my bedroom...
This may not be a helpful "secret" to some,but I'd thought I'd share it anyway.I log in on a calendar my weight/body fat almost every day because I want to SEE my progress.Now I've been told muscle weighs MORE than the loss of fat and it's too soon to see weight loss,unrealistic expectations,etc.
one way that helps me stay motivated and accountable to my walking and workout routines is I have recently started to sign up for benefit walks in my area. I also prefer walking on a team vs. solo (accountability). I'm joining a walking team in my area for the motivation & support they offer.
I think of how easy it is to get dressed in the morning when everything in my closet fits just right! That alone keeps me on track for the day!
Whenever I get depressed about my weight-loss journey, I don't sit it out. I get up and go to help it out!
When you eat something ridiculous and you are feeling like you blew your plan... go directly to your nutrition tracker and put it in. You might just find out it wasn't as bad as you think and you may be able to make adjustments during the rest of the day. If it was that bad - Get back on plan!
So I made a bad choice at lunch, maybe had too many calories? Tough luck, kid, but don't think it has "ruined" your day. Take a walk or do some jumping jacks and make a better choice the next meal. You can't punish yourself forever. Accept it and do better next time.
I've had a hard time being consistent with nutritional plans or exercise routines -- until I realized I had done this raising my children! I couldn't decide to feed them for 5 days and then not for 5 days -- had to do it every day, rain or shine. Now I apply that same principle to my own health.