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And because I do, I've found that measuring the pleasure value of something tempting against the pain value of the time it will take to work it off on the treadmill or recumbent bike (as in, "Is this really WORTH half an hour on the treadmill?") really helps me say no to most no-nos.
Some days we just need to congratulate ourselves on how far we've come. there aren't a lot of outward signs of our diet yet. we aren't even close to where we hope to be. we still have a long way to go. That's okay. we need to rejoice in the progress we've made
We all know our big goal. To get there, I think it's imperative to have a series of small, reachable goals that we can hit at least once a month. Make them specific but not 'hard'. Ex: work out every day - hard; effective work out 3 times this week - easy. 2# this week-hard. 5# this month-easy
If we know we need changes to look and feel better, we plant the seed in our hearts and mind to keeping our eye on the prize no matter how long it is going to take us....time is not important if we work each day toward the prize.We will be motivated in the process.
After the initial excitement wears off, the commitment kicks in. To stay the course, you have to know WHY you want to lose weight. Is to go off meds? Wear "skinny" jeans? Play with your kids? Whatever your reason, make it YOUR own. Write it down and put it somewhere you can see it.
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.