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Whenever I'm feeling a bit lackluster, I pretend that I'm someone else - someone that's IS motivated, and then I tell myself everything that I would tell another Sparker who is down and out.
I gain the majority of my motivation from helping and talking with others. I feel like I have to "practice what I preach." How can I help someone, if I'm not willing to do the same thing for myself. Knowing that I am helping others, inspires me to learn more and do better.
I've found that creating smaller goals along the way has kept me motivated to hit my larger goal! I set weight loss goals of 15 lbs, every 3 months. As of today, I'm down 44lbs! It doesn't seem like such a challenge if I think about weight loss in increments of 15lbs.
Since making the decision to eat healthy and lose weight I've had co-workers bombard me with goodies. I politely decline but they don't take no for an answer. So I simply take the treats & put them out of sight then later give them away. I am determined to not allow others to undermine my health!
This is a mind game that we play, and we can beat the system or be a victim. We must choose the correct side to win. It is a constant and daily choice to the healthier, happier, and honorable lifestyle. It's forever, but the daily choice prevents a lazy attitude where a "bite doesn't matter.
When I am out eating with buddies and the temptations become overwhelming, I start counting how many "things" people are eating. Like corn fritters or nacho bites. It is not to be disrepectful to them, but to help me get through that moment.
When I feel my motivation slipping, I focus on doing something not related to my healthy lifestyle, but still good overall. For example, getting my house in order, mail sorted, laundry done and folded, lawn mowed, and dishes done does WONDERS for getting my mind set back on working out and burning c
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.