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Find one thing you are happy you accomplished. Find one reason to give yourself a pat-on-the-back. Little successes make big successes. Are you reading this? There's multiple reasons right here; you sparked today, you connected, you tried something new, you were kind to yourself.
I am motivated in knowing I have to account for every bite of food that I put in my mouth. If I cheat, I am cheating nobody but myself. I know I have to login to SparkPeople everyday to keep myself honest. If I have to skip days due to no access to the computer I will catch up when I get back to my computer.
Use a monthly calendar dedicated just to your health plan. I use mickey mouse stickers each time I meet a goal, write in minutes of exercise, etc. Just seeing the visual display of a whole month with all your accomplishments helps!
Before eating at night, stop on sparkpeople, check your food for the day, and check out some friends or blogs. If you have some spare calories, choose something and come back to log in food. Usually if I do this, I don't overeat and I get tired and feel fed by my spark buddies.