Sometimes when I'm not feeling motivated, I just need to get out of my own head for awhile. I try to make time every day to go through my friend feed. I click the "I liked this" button and/or make comments to cheer my friends on when they have successes and show support when they are struggling. By taking the time to help other people on their journey, I have noticed it helps me get my head back in the game even when I'm not feeling motivated.
I get down sometimes when people try and deliberately sabotage my efforts. However, there are so many more people who watch without saying anything. The quiet group is wanting motivation and wants me to succeed.
If you find it hard to get your 15 points for posting on sparkpeople, check out the Woo hoo forum. Posting congradulations on people's success will not only support them, but encourage you to keep going so you can start your own woo hoo thread.
SparkPeople now offers online meetings, with live real-time leaders supporting and motivating, as well as educating our members. You can join by webcam, microphone, or text chat -- however you are comfortable in participating.
Aside from Sparkpeople, I'm making a big effort to tell friends and family what I'm doing and what my goals are. As I've just started running, a friend who is training for a marathon is cheering me on, and everytime I reach a new running goal I can't wait to run to my phone and text my new achievement. The encouraging replies really make me feel good.
Over the last 5 months I have lost 10 kg which makes me feel great but I was only able to do it because I kept positive. It really does help and if you are able to get family, friends, collegues to support you to then that is even better.
Engage others in your quest for a healthier lifestyle. One of the best motivators is encouragement from friends and family. Moral support and inspiration from those around you can be very uplifting, and is one of the best magical tools to achieving your health, fitness, and weight maintenance goals. This is the concept behind www.sparkpeople.com and it's a beautiful concept......a very successful concept.
I have an app on my ITouch that can send myself text messages. I configure this to send myself messages to motivate me to quit drinking soda as well as getting my daily walk in. The messages come daily and it really helps to have a visual every day to help me remember that I can do this!
I've found that by setting a small daily and weekly goal I am more able to obtain those and feel better about myself and come closer everyday to reaching my overall goal.
Finding the team on SparkPeople that works for you and with you can make an enormous difference in your weight loss journey. You are not alone! You can find the support, tips, and buddies that will help push you along toward your goals.
At Costco, I found a great camisole with stretchy support called "Fat Free Dressing" ---several colors and styles available for $15.99 each. I lost a lot of belly fat, but I have rolls of saggy skin around my waist and on my abdomen. This disguises it nicely without feeling like I can't breathe. It's very comfortable & seems to run true to size.
Tell your friends about your weight loss goals. Always be honest! Share when you succeed and when you don't. When you are truthful about your weight you will keep yourself in check. Tell yours friends how much you want to lose so they can help motivate you. When you have support it makes losing much easier.
Stop, look and listen and you will find your support system is all around you. Notice the smile in the hallway; the co-worker who compliments your outfit; the friend who asks how you are feeling. Use the good feelings that come from these interactions to motivate you to take care of yourself.
My friends & I motivate each other by text! When one of us is about to exercise we'll text "Getting on my treadmill now, so get off your lazy butt and start running!" It holds us accountable and makes us feel like we have a partner there with us even though we're miles apart. We always push each other to strive for more by gently teasing each other with our texts, like "I'm almost done, get started!" or "Great Job! So proud of you!". It really has helped me and it makes working out fun.
Reach out & Touch Someone on their blog or Spark page. Find someone who is similar to you. As you give positive nutrition, fitness and life style comments to them; those thoughts will come back to you in good self advice.
A lot of us find daily support from those around us: co-workers, friends, family. A lot of times, they make their own personal sacrifices to accomodate our lifestyle change. Take time each day to stop and thank them for their support.
Set a goal, then plan the action steps to reach it.
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
My 17 year old daughter registered with SparkTeen and my neighbor registered with SP, now we get together and try to one up each other on points, pounds lost, cardio minutes, etc. Some how we each win in one category or another.
Signing up for a class will bring results. Everyone has to start somewhere! You will commit to yourself by putting the time on your schedule. You will learn how to do something you never tried OR improve to do it better. You'll be with others with like interests and have a built in support system. You may even find a new pursuit or become good enough to teach it yourself.