How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
When I set a goal I tell everyone that loves me and give them permission to hold me accountable. It helps to know that I have the support I need on the days my will power may be lacking.
Buying a new pair of workout shoes or any item that has to do with exercise.
I have a picture of myself on the frig from 10 years ago when I was 135lbs and at my all time low weight. I was confident and happy with my body. When I need a little motivation and take a look at that picture!
Linking your status to Facebook does more than just give you a SparkPoint! You can recruit new Spark Buddies and get a ton more support! I've gained so many more friends on Spark because of it, and my friends on Facebook now know that I'm loosing weight,so I have my own cheer team there as well!
Find a group of people who also need help loosing weight. Encourage them to join sparkpeople and start loosing weight with you. Set up a short term goal for everyone to reach. Be there for them, encourage them, and celebrate their triumphs. It's a win - win situation.
Most keep a food or a fitness journal, but you should also keep a Compliment Journal. Anytime someone compliments you, write it down! Even when you don't notice your weight loss, someone does. When you are having a bad day, go read those compliments and perk right up.
I never, ever try to lose any more than five pounds...no more. Just 5 crappy pounds; it's doable, who can't lose five crappy pounds? So who's to say if once I'm there, I just might decide to start all over again to lose five crappy pounds--it's doable...who can't lose five crappy pounds?
It helped me to think of the time I spend logging my food and the time I spend exercising as a sort of luxury... a way of lavishing extra-special attention on myself, like a spa treatment or a nice pedicure. I tell myself, "I'm worth this time, and I'll feel great when I'm done."
When you feel "unmotivated", try acting "as if" you were motivated or acting as a motivated person would - the feelings will follow the doing.
This works for redirecting all feelings.