I was introduced to Leslie Sansone walking DVDs right after I joined SparkPeople. I find that she is entertaining, and a 2-mile walk flys by! I have to credit a good portion of my success in sticking with the exercise to these workouts.
Sometimes the scale or the mirror don't cooperate with our preconceived expectations of where our hard work with exercise and food intake should have us - for any given time period. ( some call these plateaus) When this happens to me I focus on making sure I am giving my body what it needs..8 hours rest, 8 glasses water daily. regular exercise, and plenty of fruits and veggies. I keep in mind that weightloss is a symptom of healthy living and I am NOT on a diet!
Having trouble picturing yourself lithe and lean? Next time you look in the mirror, move over to the right or the left, until you see about how you want one side to look. I know it's an illusion, but it's really interesting.
I made myself a "get up and move" motivational playlist at playlist.com and I listen to it first thing every day. My young daughter and I dance/sing to/with the songs while I clean up from the previous day's activities. It's fun and it gets in a little cardio that doesn't feel like anything other than crazy good times and the music that I chose for my playlist is the sort of music that always starts the day off on the right foot.
I LOVED diet soda, have had it for YEARS. The last diet I was on said to not drink it. I thought I would not be able to handle that request! Well, I surely surprised myself. I have not had diet soda for over 1 year Plus I don't miss it either. I drink water and tea and coffee. Mostly water. I just forget to mark it off every day.
Something that I found really helpful is reading motivational stuff on Monday. After a short weekend I feel miserable going back to real life, so I've started making everything motivational on Mondays. Anywhere from the articles I choose to read to the poll I decide to take, it really helps me start my week.
Wayne Dyer and Deepok Chopra have nothing over YOU baby!!! Make your own homemade motivational pep-talk that covers all your current gratitudes and goals with or without background music. Listen on your commute to/from work, grocery store, etc. Keeps the mind focused and excited!
Nothing is more DEmotivating than being bored in life. Face your fears and try something you never thought you could do. Just TRY it and you will see it wasn't so hard after all. It might just become a new passion that keeps you going! If it doesn't work out but at least you aren't afraid anymore.
Starting a garden is a great way to get some exercise, get some healthy veggies to eat and in the end you'll have a sense of accomplishment that will motivate you to do more!! Learn to can or freeze the extras at the end of the season and you can enjoy your garden year round!
Put your left palm on the back of your right shoulder. Put your right palm on the back of your left shoulder. Now SQUEEZE really, really, really tight. Hold. Release when you 1) feel better, 2) stop crying, or 3) start smiling. Repeat as necessary.
Scale numbers that jump up or remain the same week after week discouraging? Print out SparkPeople Printable Measuring tape. Cut & Cover with tape. Using “Sharpie” “dot” body part measurements on tape. Date at top. A visual! My body IS CHANGING!
Post in the area where you will see it first thing when you wake up, like inside the cabinet door where your coffee is, and place another one at work.