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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.

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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!
- Submitted by YOOVIE 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 13 Comments
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_DASH_ 3/26/2010 12:33:00 PM

    I think this is brilliant. I feel like the more momentum i gain in this process, the more i go it on intuition. like today- i need to work out and it's in my mind almost like a craving . like i am anticipating the next healthy thing i need. the more i go on intuition, the more momentum i build and my motivation soars. i use the weekends to recharge and to go nuts in terms of exercise- i get to spend my time doing what i really want- and what i really want is to be healthy. i know i can always hit the work week running after i give myself the gift of a good weekend- full of being outside, running, gym time, working on art projects and my motivation wall, movies, lit candles and focusing my goals for the week, many times that means looking up which gym classes i can fit in my schedule and planning meals or getting to the grocery store to restock healthy options. thanks for posting this and reminding us that it is entirely part of our process to recharge, reorganize and reboot!
_TRIXIE_ 3/26/2010 12:00:00 PM

    When I feel my motivation slipping, I focus on doing something not related to my healthy lifestyle, but still good overall. For example, getting my house in order, mail sorted, laundry done and folded, lawn mowed, and dishes done does WONDERS for getting my mind set back on working out and burning calories. Sometimes, I need to walk away for a day and tend to "life" to remind myself that, "Oh yeah, I DO have the time for this!"
KACOPHANI 3/26/2010 5:42:00 PM

    Yep, the word diet is a killer. My secret was to forget all the previous failures and come up with a plan that fit my life as it was, not as I wanted it to be. Realistic goals. Not such a secret!
FLIPPRNL 3/26/2010 12:16:00 PM

    My biggest "secret" for success is to avoid the word "diet". When I find myself slipping into the mindset of denying myself things, the my old instinct is to rebel. "What do you mean I CAN'T have a chocolate bar?" To me diets are about denial.

Instead I'm focusing on choices. If I want a snack, I'm going to have one. 90% of the time I'll choose the Caramel Chocolate Chip rice cake at 60 calories and almost no fat rather than a cookie or bar which would be much more. I feel in control, and I'm making choices, not denying myself. It's a mental game but it works for me.

By the way, I haven't eaten a chocolate bar since October 2009. Purely by choice.

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KARIN1972 12/21/2011 11:35:00 AM

    What a great idea! I just plugged time into my calendar to make sure I have a Motivational Maintenance day. During this time I will revisit my goals, read my vision statement and mantras, see how far I've come along (weight, measurements, pictures), revamp my rewards list, update my SparkPage or just spend time reflecting and meditating. For now I set it up for bi-weekly and will see how well it works. Thanks for sharing!
KAYMOM 8/25/2010 8:41:00 AM

    How do you workout your motivation...give us some ideas.
FAITH2712 8/18/2010 10:33:00 AM

    Great idea !!!
FITXFORTY 7/14/2010 3:21:00 AM

    this is just what i needed! thank you! emoticon
SMUDDIE 6/6/2010 10:23:00 AM

    Give us a few practical ways you actually do this. I'm learning.....
FRENCHTOSD 4/24/2010 10:44:00 AM

    Wow! I love this idea. Friday's are my new motivation day. Thank you - I know this will help me.

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SALONGIRL70 3/27/2010 4:17:00 PM

    this is such a great idea! thank you
FREESTONEBABE08 3/26/2010 12:36:00 PM

    Wow, thanks so much for this motivation!
I love the idea.
I want to go on the jog I previously wanted to cancel because my running partern's not at work today!
I want to spend that time remembering why I'm doing this.
Breathing in this beautiful day, and feeling the love of excersising.
The best part, I'm off my program..and I still WANT IT! emoticon
_TRIXIE_ 3/26/2010 12:03:00 PM

    Dork. Reposted as my own secret. Sorry. :)

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