I recently went on my FB and sent out a message looking for people to exercise with for five days a week after my work-out buddy and i developed conflicting schedules. To my surprise so many people were looking for the same thing. I find myself wanting to do even more so now I am exercising at home on my bike watching an hour long t.v. show first thing in the morning before I leave with a friend to where ever. Its great I'm able to be more motivated and its creating a lil club of our own!!
The best way to stay motivated is to love yourself. I know this is hard for many but it can be accomplished. Stop the negative self-talk now. When you catch yourself thinking or saying something negative about yourself, stop and make yourself say something you like about yourself. You can break this habit and create a more positive one in its place!
When I started on my journey to lose unwanted and health destroying "retirement weight" I had accumulated, I decided to do it right and enlist some help to "get 'er done"! With a gym membership and a great physical trainer I began to see tiny, yet positive, changes in my body shape and strength. Those were the rewards that I would celebrate! ...no matter how tiny they seemed. Reward came from within and I did not depend on others to validate my progress. Decisions at the journey's start...
When you need a reason to get back on track, stay motivated, whatever... Look back. Look back to when you first started your journey. How did you feel? What did you want? How does that compare to now? What have you learned since then? Too often we forget what we've accomplished and let negative thoughts into our lives.
"Sure, there may be a lot of 'real estate' between here and where you dream of being, but the road, if you notice, happens to run straight through the middle of paradise." (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe)
When we dissolve the need for any "if only's" - we set ourselves free to take the only step that needs to be taken in any moment... that is the next step. Like that journey of one thousand miles beginning with only one step... the journey of any journey - in any moment - requires only the next step. - Guru Singh
Set a goal, then plan the action steps to reach it.
You are not perfect. No one is. (Sorry if I just burst your bubble.) You're not going to turn into a svelte model overnight. Make little changes to your life habits and make them STICK. So what if you had an extra cookie or 3 today? You've been winning so many other little battles along the way that those cookies aren't going to make you put up your white flag. Keep it in perspective, reference your game plan (goals), and march on!
Don't do anything just because someone told you that you "should." Instead, find out what works for YOU and stick with it. So what if your best friend can't eat carbs? Maybe you need them in your diet to be happy and healthy. So what if that doctor on TV said you shouldn't eat after 7 PM? Maybe you work the late shift and that doesn't work for you. So what if six small meals doesn't satisfy you as much as four larger meals? This is your life, your body and your journey. Make it your own!
Collect the positive comments people give you and write them down. Put them in a journal, write them on slips of paper and put them in a jar, put them on posters! Don't forget to add your successes to the journal and to the slips of paper.
Wedding planning is so hard, but I am doing my best to plan well and at the same time get healthy for our big day. I'm in People magazine's brides weight loss challenge and plan to meet my goals by September. I welcome any tips to help me on my journey! Visit my spark page.
Create, save and share momentos of the journey: pictures, blog entries, charts, etc... From time to time, look back on them and savor your successes and progress. Look forward to being able to record, save and share future successes.