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We all need rewards as motivation - they help us look forward to the work. But don't reward yourself with food. That doesn't get you closer to your weight loss goal and it sets a bad habit.
Whenever I find myself making excuses for why I can't eat healthy today or why I can't go to the gym, I stop and think them through instead of just agreeing with them. It's like having a debate. I ask myself if the excuse is true and if it's worth the setback. As long as I force myself to face the excuse, I find myself eating well and heading to the gym. The excuse is not worth it.
Sometimes, you've got to be a little bit selfish and that's not bad. Putting yourself second to everyone else makes your goals suffer and it makes you resent them.
Something got you down? Angry at someone? Don't sit and let the anger overtake you. Instead, use your emotions to fuel your workout.
I keep a dry erase marker in the bathroom and write goals, messages, compliments, and rewards for myself on the mirror. It's awesome because I see them multiple times each day and it's colorful and fun!
When rewarding myself for reaching a goal, I try not to reward myself with food. It's a bad habit to get into because it can be such a slippery slope. Rewarding yourself with chocolate or fast food or something else unhealthy can undo the work you've done. Instead, choose something non-food related, like a pedicure, clothes, or a nice relaxing bubble bath. That way you are rewarded, but you aren't adding extra calories and/or fat!
Losing weight is easier when you have someone who supports you. I'm lucky enough to have a trainer who encourages us to text him if we need support. Find someone who will give you support when you need it, but make sure that they will not accept your excuses! Sometimes we all need that extra push. Besides, even if I can't get ahold of my trainer I already know what he's going to say!
I think of my weight loss journey as a war. It's me against the unhealthy fat. Sometimes I win a battle and sometimes I lose, but that doesn't mean the war is over. If I mess up and eat unhealthy, then all I need to do is regroup and challenge myself to another battle. The FatWar isn't over and it won't be until I win!
When I need a little motivation to get out the front door, it's just a post away. I know I can always count on my SparkFriends to make me feel like I can do anything, so all I have to do is let my friends or SparkTeams know I'm struggling or else read a few blogs. They'll give me the extra push I need!