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.
Once a month, I schedule 24 hours to rethink my plan, update goals, work on my motivation collage, take measurements, put happy reminders on the fridge, remember why I'm doing this and hit the big fat Reset button. It's a chance to forgive myself for all my mistakes and move forward with a smile!
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Google "Motivational Quotes" or open a book of poetry and find one about Spring or Life! I turn to Buddhist writings and find something about breaking through obstacles like Faith has to be strengthened daily: A sword in the hands of a coward is useless!--Nichiren (12th C. Buddhist reformer) 414
READ motivational; upbeat material each day
Weight maintenance comes from consistency - making the right-for-you choices every day.
This means living mindfully and understanding that decision-making is critical. Avoid saying "whatever!" Instead, ask yourself, "does this choice add or detract from my health?" And remember, you're worth the best!!
Maintenance does not mean perfection each and every day of our lives. It means staying in the ballpark! We stay in the game and we manage our foods and activity so that our weight stays within a couple of pounds of our goal weight. Maintenance is about living life how we enjoy it and fitting our eating into our lifestyle. Changes yes, but not a life of total restriction. Maintenance, Life is grand!
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