When seeking motivation to achieve a goal - say a dietary goal or a weight loss goal - I place the goal within grasp. I don't create a goal for myself that is too difficult and I don't put it too far out in the future. Loosing 5 to 7 lbs is a good goal and two weeks is not too far out there, I set the goal and then pursue it doggedly. When that goal is reached I can set another. For me, short bursts of energy is the key.
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I find that if I try to restrict my calories going into a non diet friendly meal (such as a celebration dinner or buffet) I tend to go way overboard because I get into reward mode. I do much better when I eat like normal throughout the day and treat the special meal just like any other meal. The same holds true if I've waited too long between meals, I overdo it.
We need steady energy levels to have willpower.
Substitute "committed" for "willpower." Willpower is a noun that suggests all or nothing, you either have it or don't - like being born with blue eyes. "Committed" is a verb that suggests decisive action and being in control. 'Having your committment level flag a little from time to time' doesn't carry the same negative feelings as 'losing your willpower'. Forget the willpower. Be committed instead.
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