How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
Planning what you will eat ahead of time will help keep you from eating the wrong thing when you get hungry and haven't prepared
In order to stay on course during your weight-loss journey I would strongly suggest that you plan to use SparkPeople websites, postings, teams and support and encouragment of the team members
Signing up for races in upcoming weeks and months keeps me training for a goal. It prevents me from doubting my abilities when the race comes up. I signed up for it, I better run it: Ready or Not.
I use HAZELMAIL.COM to send myself a motivational postcard. It's cheap and easy. Receiving a postcard days after I sent it to myself is uplifting. More information on the postcards is on my blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3014315
Instead of having new year resolutions, I have new month resolutions. At the start of each new month, I recommit to doing all of the healthy things that I know I should do, but stop doing. For example, walking, writing in my journal, eating better, etc.
I saw some friends this weekend for the first time after losing 25pds and being 8 pds to goal weight. Their reactions were priceless. what could be more motivating. They asked me what I was doing. I simply stated "Eat less, move more." I then I sing the praises of sparkpeople
when shopping, no matter how tired i am, i make an extra trip around the store, before checking out, just to get in those extra steps, just be careful of impulse buys....
Setting fitness goals for myself, like miles run each week, and at least 100 mins of cardio per day help me stay on track.
Recently when my best friend and I took on the challenge to get fit and loose a bunch of weight, we each purchased one item of clothing that was a few sizes smaller that we wanted. We have hung up that item to set as a reminder to keep on the right path so we can actually one day wear it.