When I start to lose motivation during a workout, I try to think of what soldiers have to endure during basic training and special forces training. If they can make it through that, I can certainly make it through the last set of whatever it is I'm doing!
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When I feel like I really want a Coke or other treat, or like it just doesn't matter or nothing's working, I try to put it in perspective. I ask myself, "Is this treat really worth so much to me right now that it's worth not meeting my current goal?"
Really puts it in perspective when you think about having your Coke vs. fitting into a wedding dress or swimsuit, having the ice cream vs. keeping your sugar/cholesterol down, etc.
It is really important to have someone checking in on you to cheer you on when you are successful, but perhaps even more importantly when you are not. Buddies put things in perspective and remind us that it is one day at a time.
I've found that keeping a gratitude journal helps me tremendously while trying to lose weight. It forces me to put things in perspective and realize that on even the worst days, good things still creep in there to motivate us onward.
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