How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
I choose an audio book that I only get to listen to when I'm working out at the gym. If I want to know what happens next in the story, I have to go to the gym!
I do toe touchers, wall pushes, chair lifts, stair steps, just plain moving and find a way to track it on Spark; then I can look at the end of the day and as I log what I have done, I see what I have achieved. The next day I want to do more! It's a good motivation tool for me.
Every day, I try to make one small change from the day before. It could be drinking a little more water or walking a little more or reading one more success story to keep me going. All of those small steps will eventually add up to a whole new lifestyle!
Not as in the sense as joining a gym. I wanted to exercise but I was tired of the same ol' gym workout so I joined a club for women who like to work out, now we go hiking and biking all sorts of things. So in the process I am making new friends and working out too! Who would have thought :)
I have the phrase "Just. Keep. Running." written on a Post-It on my desk at work and around the house. Whenever I get discouraged (for anything, not just exercise), I look to that phrase to keep going. Two steps can easily turn to ten, if you just keep running.
I bought a very pretty inexpensive outfit one size to small.
I have hung it where I see it every time I go to the bedroom.
This keeps me motivated to stay on track with my eating of healthy foods and my exercises. I plan on wearong that outfit comfortably by June 15th.
Each day I try to eat a healthy snack. Whether it's a 4 medium strawberries cut into slices, a banana, or a handful of pistachio nuts. It's important to have that mid-morning or mid-afternoon fuel to keep yourself energized each day!
Each morning I spend about a half hour feeding my mind. My menu includes a few passages from the bible, a couple of affirmations and an inspirational reading. It provides me with the right mindset to go out and face the world and to deal positively with whom or what I meet along the way.
I write down every goal I have so I have a visual of what I am accomplishing. I have a list for crunches, my tracker, exercise, what makes me feel good about myself that day, and what todays motivation is.