True awareness of why the weight isn't coming off begins with 100% total honesty about the quantity of everything we eat (weight, ounces, or serving size), the content of what we eat (how much sodium, sugar, etc. is in the food), and how much truly active exercise we're getting on a daily basis.
Instead of sitting down to check your SparkPeople, Facebook, or other social networking sites- take a stand! Put your computer on the counter and check it while standing! This way you will spend less time on the computer, and even less time sitting. Science has also proven that the more time we spend on our feet and off our tush, the better we will feel, and the healthier we will become. You will also find more motivation to go do something- standing will make you more aware time spent online!
Realize that ...Success doesn't come to you, you go to it.
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Like Mark Twain said about stopping smoking, "I know how to do it. I've done it a thousand times." Fortunately, this year has been good to me in the motivation department. I attribute a lot of this to the wonderful ActivTrac Program offered at my YMCA.
The road to success is not straight
So many of my friends are struggling with the idea of exercise they all say "I don't have enough time" Well my secret is to make time! I know its revolutionary ! I am not trying to be funny but I have made so many excuses when looking at my self in the mirror. Reasons why I see what I see. I have come to the realization that the only way to change what I see is to get motivated. Its just a matter of pure determination!
I had gotten to the point that when I was done eating something I was already thinking about the next thing I was going to eat. Well, I refuse to not be able to see my feet anymore. I refuse to hate the way I look. I am determined to get healthy!
Starting my day with 44 oz. of cold water, 2-3 cups of coffee, veggies, and a protein drink~ahhhhh yes & Sunshine on our wrap around victorian porch truly is the most precious way to start my day. God is included there~with the beauty of another beautiful morning~with silent talks with God~prayers of "Thanks~always." 4 months post accidental sleep walking fall that has truly altered my life~long term has not affected my smile, positive thoughts, or set me back with healthy eating CELEBRATIONS!!
Since June 11th after having taken a sleep walking tumble while sleep walking, I haven't given up on weightloss. No how no way. I am still eating healthy(clean), consuming mass amounts of water, steaming loads of veggies as it's still difficult to swallow, and getting most of my protein through protein drinks. No exercise right now other than physical therapy three times a week, but hey that's exercise too!!! Anything counts~as long as one has a positive mindset~God knows, carrying us with love.
Two months ago I had a sleep walking "adventure" that has become a health challenge to overcome. I am still faithful to my nutrition program everyday! Physical Therapy is starting soon, and I will see that AS MY EXERCISE~ YEAH! Also speech therapy~as a result of head trauma. Being positive is GREAT!
Just make your child/children your motivation. Even though my son is only 3 months I still made a promise to him that I'd do this for him so whenever I think of cheating, I think of breaking a promise to him and that'd be devastating to me! And it's been working really well for me!!!
9 mo. ago, I was on a roll. I walked everyday & I felt terrific! I was burning more calories than I would eat in a day which helped me lose more weight. Then life happened & I put off what I could do tomorrow. However, tomorrow never came. Don't stop doing what works, jump back up and keep walking.
The main thing that I have learned is to not compare myself to someone else. It's extremely easy to lose focus when you know someone who has started the program after you and has lost more weight. Keep your goals in sight and don't worry about anyone else.
I find that motivation starts waning if I do not treat it as its own muscle group. I need to schedule workouts for my motivation, determination and mental strength, just like I would schedule cardio, stretching or strength training.
One of the biggest things that has helped me stick with Spark People for 2+ years now, is that I made a commitment to myself that no matter how successful (or unsuccessful) I felt, and no matter how far I "fell off the wagon", I was NOT going to give up!!