I hit a plateau that lasted 6 months, and I wanted to give up! So, I gave myself a new goal: 2 months to get back in gear before my vacation in May. I started "Insanity" exercise program, got a HR monitor, and am tracking everything. It totally renewed my motivation, and I'm finally losing again!
The Insanity exercise program is pretty intense cardio, and the eating plan is pretty basic: 5 small meals throughout the day.
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It is hard to focus on the short term benefits and goals sometimes (especially when many of us have a long way to go). Make a short term goal (less than one month) and reward yourself based on effort (not weight). Possible goals include daily exercise, logging etc. Then reward yourself: new dress, haircut, book, movie, flowers)...The key is to find a way to recognize & reward your efforts.
Setting Goals Helps Us FOCUS as a Couple in our Marriage!
When I first married, my hubby & I set short term ,med.-term and long term goals of what we wanted to accomplish in a given set of time. For our long term[5years & beyond~it was children] ;med-term was[ 1-5yrs~it was landscaping for our backyard] and for short term[1 month -1 year~it was obtaining furniture for our dining room]. Each of these time limits allowed us to focus on what we were working towards and helped us COMMUNICATE what was important to each of us and what we could do...]
as a TEAM to help us achieve our goals!Sometimes,we were able to accomplish a goal in the given time -like our backyd.took MUCH prep &was completed in 3 yrs.Sometimes,it took longer to achieve our goals & sometimes we changed them COMPLETELY if they didn't suit us,but HAVING GOALS made us a family!
By having small goals along the way you keep yourself motivated and inspired and that final goal doesn't seem that far away after all
If my run isn't going so well I will change my route so I'm making more turns or direction changes. That way I'm not discouraged by distance. I run "just to the corner" then "just to what ever landmark" I see. Soon enough my run is done and I did the full time I set out to do.
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