How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
Be sure to take your measurements. When the scale doesn't budge but your getting smaller it gives me the motivation to keep on doing what I need to do.
I have a dress that I absolutely love!!! It's a size 5 and I am currently wearing a size 10. I have it hanging where I can see it and every day I look at it and tell myself that I WILL get back into that dress. I look at it when I exercise and also when I get the late-night munchies!
Every time I workout for a half hour, I put a quarter in my "Workout Fund." When I've saved up some money, I buy a new small piece of fitness equipment (e.g., yoga mat, balance ball, workout video). If I workout for an hour at a time, I add seventy-five cents and an hour and a half earns $1.50!
Although you may just be starting out, resist the temptation to try to do too much initially when it comes to exercise. Try to make your exercise easy enough that you will be willing to do it again tomorrow. Don't try to be like "Rocky" each day or else you will dread it later...keep it simple!
Keep some of your goals within easy reach. It's all well and good to have that ultimate end-all goal. But to keep the enthusiasm going it helps to have short-term reasonable goals. And remember to reward yourself!
I like to pick a favorite bible verse and put it at my desk for motivation.
Read a book that has to do with Nutrition and Exercise. This will keep you motivated and educated all at the same time!
Are you interested in your goals, or are you fully committed? One of the most common complaints among goal setters nowadays is that there’s just not enough time to get to the ones that “really matter.”
Want motivation when you think you've hit a plateau? Check yourself out in the mirror. Odds are you'll notice a little less swing in the under arm flesh, a little less bounce or a little less jiggle- all signs you are doing something right and seeing changes- even if the scale refuses to budge!
If your not loosing the pounds you want and your doing everything right, don't worry you might be loosing inches. It is always good to take measurements as well as getting on the scale. So don't worry if your not loosing pounds you could be loosing inches. And that is a good thing.