How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
If you wait to feel motivated before you start, or if you stop every time you feel unmotivated, you'll never get there! What you need is PLANNING and ROUTINE. Plan like you're going to be healthy today, don't wait and see whether you feel like it.
Just like a car, before you start your day....stretch. Something that simple can make you feel great and motivated. Not to mention, it's a nice morning greeting to your body to take on the day.
It's easy to lose motivation in this journey; especially when you work hard and don't see the results you want or you get off track for a day or two. The important thing is to not give up on yourself. None of us are a hopeless case. When things get tough just take it one baby step at a time.
Remember that your health has an affect on more that just you. When you feel like giving up, think of the other people who also want you to reach your goal: spouse, children, family, friends... They want you to succeed so you can be happy, and play a longer, healthier role in their lives as well.
Going to bed earlier helps me stay away from food. I eat dinner early and instead of staying up when I really am tired, I prepare my menu for the next day then have a leisurely bedtime ritual: bath, stretching, personal care and read. By then, I am tired and get a good night's sleep!
In the area where i jog which is a local park, i have a choice of a lake path or the parks road which has a lot of steep inclines, i chose the steep inclin'd road and ive never regreted it, it really gets my heart pumping and by time i complete those three miles i feel like ive accomplished somethin...
No matter how bad a day , a eek or a month went never give up...dust yourself off and get right back on the healthy path, it's never going to be perfect
Take weekly photos of yourself and post them on a bulletin board to watch yourself melt away week by week.
Motivation for me is a Reality Check. I took an honest look in the mirror & made changes 1 item at a time, drink more water, walk around the block, up my veggies, lower my carbs. I hung a pair of skinny jeans on the wall & I reward myself every 10 lbs dropped w/non food items. Remember to Love you