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.
When I'm studying I have a habit of wandering off to time wasting websites or just getting distracted from school. One of the tools I use to refocus is to do a few pushups to get my blood flowing again.
I remind myself "What I REALLY want matters more than what I want right NOW."
Losing weight when I am very busy, stressed, or in the middle of a crisis does not work for me. I pick a time when I have the time and energy to focus every day without distractions - this is not easy for me or anyone else. This time I hope to keep it off - just retired a couple years ago so have more time now - more time to sit around and eat and gain weight, or time to focus on getting the weight off and improving my health. I chose the latter. Writing the food down every day is critical.
It's easy to get discouraged if you look at how far you have to go. If you have 50 lbs to lose, look at it as you have 1 lbs to lose 50 times. If you look at the big picture, it is so immense that it is easy to put off. Focusing on losing that 1 lb puts your effort in the here and now, not someday. Anyone can lose a pound. Once you lose that one, move on to the next.
I am keeping the follwing four A's in mind: Avoid, Alter, Accept and Adapt. Whenever I feel my head is ready to pop from stress i'm going to look at the root cause and determine which one of the 4 A's can be applied.
Finding it hard to stay focused through your entire cardio routine??? DVR comes in handy for just this! I find I can do hours of eliptical or treadmill time if I am catching up on my weekly shows. I save them for when I am in need of my work out rather than couch time~ it is perfect and I find myself getting in more of a workout!!!
As soon as you wake, today is a fresh start. It's a brand new day to accomplish things you have put off or want to do. Challenge yourself! You are more capable than you think. Focus strongly on it till you start the list. Build up courage & do the hardest 1st. After doing something that's physically or mentally challenging, you'll feel optimistic, motivated to do more & be on a roll! You can do as much, or little, as you put your mind to. It's all up to you - TODAY! (from Simply Positive,com)
“If you find yourself stuck in a rut, don’t dig yourself deeper in with negative thoughts. Turn your thoughts to God, ask for His strength to sustain you, and keep your focus on the good things that lie ahead of you. By relying on God and keeping your thoughts positive, you’ll be moving forward again before you know it.” – Elmer Laydon
Chewing gum instead of reaching for a food hug, helps me stay on track with my nutrition goals. When I have to work late or do un-fun chores at home like taxes, I have to force my self to sit and focus instead of snacking. I am always looking for some food to soften the boredom. I'm not hungry, just looking for a way out of my chore. Popping some chewing gum does two things: helps me stay away from the snacks and it helps me focus!
I wake up, make a cup of tea and write out my goals and mindstorm 20 ideas how to achieve my most immediate goal each morning. I then read and repeat positive affirmations and motivational/spiritual material.
Searching for the common denominator in your life? You are in luck. You are it. Now that you know what the only consistent factor is, you can begin to figure out how you are contributing to recurring challenges & problems. This is great news because, once you realize you are at least part of the problem, you can begin to change your behavior, beliefs & attitudes that are contributing to the situation.
I've only started recently, but the way I keep motivated is to make sure I'm staying spiritually fit before I get physically fit. I take the time to pray and have a devotional time in the morning before I start my workout. I really pays to get your mind focused on godly things before you start your day.
There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE...Getting back up is LIVING...
It's way too easy to be thinking about what comes next, instead of staying focused on what I'm doing. When I stay IN THE MOMENT, I actually get more done: Things run smoother, I have more fun doing everyday things--I enjoy things more-- and I do a better job at WHATEVER I am doing, whether it is an errand, exercise, cooking or eating... It's actually mentally refreshing!
Treat your strength/weight training and the following recovery day as ONE WHOLE UNIT. The act of lifting weights is the challenge, the body's response is actually when progress is made and the muscles get stronger. If you overtrain, you actually can cause damage. So ST, feed your body the proper nutrients (including protein) within the hour afterward, and get enough rest in order to reach your full potential. Sleep is necessary!
I think the key is activity level every day. Post messages in your teams; blog; send goodies; send spark mails; USE THE TRACKERS. When we stay active and communicate, it keeps us focused on the task at hand. We make friends that give us invaluable support when needed, as well as ideas. It helps keep us on track
I lost my focus on logging into SparkPeople daily, so came up with this idea: Log in, spin the wheel, the number of points I receive is the number of goals I have to do on SparkPeople for TODAY. There is so much to be done here on Spark that even if I reach 50 points -LOL- there will be plenty for me to do. And I do not do the same goals as the day before!! - Have done this only for three days now, but so far has worked really well!! And I'm loving the results!!
When fighting or training heavily you can get a great rush from adrenaline. Learning to control that burst, and level it out over the length of your training while increasing your intensity can really drive your body. Some people feel nervous, as their body begins burning more energy and breathing rapidly, control your faster breathing, and feel the charge within you. Use that with a focused and disciplined mind and you can achieve amazing results.
Stay focused by whittling down your to-do and goals lists; only work on 3-5 things at a time. Having to decide which things on your lists is "most" important to you will help you focus and know what is right for you, a "this" moment.