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Every "diet" that I have ever been on has failed me in maintaining the weight loss, long-term. Therefore, when I began here on SparkPeople I committed to changing my entire lifestyle to bring about weight loss, as a result of making the choice everyday to eat healthy and exercise for life!
My secret is meeting and greeting new friends !
One of my secrets has been to join team challenges and to make challenges for myself. Once I have committed to something, I am likely to stick to it. My favorite is the virtual trip I am on. I ride my stationary bike and log the miles. I'm visiting all of the NASCAR tracks. It makes my ride fun.
In order to motivate myself to workout regularly I have to have something specific and challenging to shoot for. This year it's a 200-mile, one-day bike ride in MN. The goal has to be attainable but only with hard work. This helps me so much every year.
talking to myself...does anyone remember the character stuart smiley, from saturday night live? well if yer as old as i am you do, it was al franken and he was so funny, but, i think of him, and i say, im a good person, and doggonit, ppl like me!!!
In the past, I tried losing weight for different reasons, and usually those reasons revolved around what other people wanted. This time, though, I am motivated by my own desire to be healthy. That doesn't mean you do it alone - I couldn't be successful without the support my friends and family.
I use stickers on my calendar to keep me motivated. A lady bug for doing my minimum of exercise, A fish for drinking my water and a butterfly for each pound lost. It gives a great visual of how you are doing. I like sparkly stickers.