How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
Just got a great new hair style from a lovely teen, friend of my DD-- it took 10 years off & makes me want to get moving to keep up with it! Now I look the part!
If you don't want to write in a journal because you are afraid someone will find it and read it (my fear), write down your thoughts and immediately shred the paper. You have still released your thoughts which is very therapeutic.
Here's a quote by Winston Churchill that helps me re-think tough situations.
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty".
Think about it!
This technique can be found by googling. It really works well for any behavior you want to change. By tapping a sequence of spots on face, chest and hands, old habits or thinking patterns are interrupted and replaced with new ones. The key to success is to do tapping consistently.
Keep a visual cue of your weight loss goal in front of you every day. You may not be able to "see" your progress every day when you look in a mirror but you will when you see your visual cue.
I printed a picture of a celebrity ("striking a pose") that has the results I want in my home gym. When I want to call it quits, I look at it and keep going!
I just keep remembering that I don't want to have Type II Diabetes and that's all the motivation I need.
When loosing weight and exercising, focus on one area of the body in which you would like to use to measure change. You need to exercise your whole body, but pick one place (for me it's my arms), to look at to track results. It helps me stay focused and not overwhelmed when I look in the mirror.
If you have a hard time drinking water, I have a 70-oz water jug that I got at Dollar Tree for, of course, $1. Instead of just plain water, I add two of the stick packs instead of 4 required for the amount of water. It is sweet enough and has no calories or sugar.
When I get discouraged, I go back to a list I made of all the reasons that it is important to me to live a healthier lifestyle and to lose weight. That almost always gets me right back on track!