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I find that just creating a group of friends on spark-- who you can root for and who you know have your back-- is the BEST part of my success. Because sometimes you need to be accountable to more than just yourself, and sometimes you want to inspire that friend who *really* needs it.
The first thing is to know that you have a problem, when you figure that out, get determined to change the problem. I couldn't do without SP. Anther website I like to go to is www.cozi.com. There I can write a to do list and mark off when I've done it. Then see the results of your progress.
I find that motivation starts waning if I do not treat it as its own muscle group. I need to schedule workouts for my motivation, determination and mental strength, just like I would schedule cardio, stretching or strength training.
I am finding doing Wii fit plus yoga in my own routine each morning helps wake up the cobwebs in my mind and get me motivated to seize the day! I try to mix up poses and some strength exercise in "my routine" to keep thing interesting and longer or shorter durations.
I never thought I would be an "Exercise in the morning" guy. But I tried it one day. I felt DEAD as I walked to the treadmill. Two minutes into my workout I felt so much better. I had started the day in the right direction.
Setbacks and mistakes are a very important part of living and growing. It's one of the most effective ways we learn. Don't dwell on them. Briefly study what went wrong, and move on, tweaking things a little to find your next good groove.
Losing weight is a tough journey, but one that does not happen overnight.