Stay Motivated When the Scale Isn’t Moving

By , SparkPeople Blogger
It is very easy to get frustrated when the scale isn’t moving. It doesn’t matter whether we have hit a plateau or are trying to deal with medical issues. Sometimes it feels like it isn’t worth the effort to keep making healthy lifestyle choices. Everyone tells us to stay motivated. Our friends, our co-workers, our relatives say to keep going, don’t quit. Sometimes, though, you ask, "Why? Why try my hardest when it ends in disappointment? Why go through something when it’s going to hurt? Why?"
Because it’s going to be different this time! Because you can’t accomplish anything if you give up! Disappointments and failures happen to everyone. The difference between those who reach their goals and those who don’t is staying motivated. If you’re motivated, you’ll keep going. If you keep going, eventually you’ll reach your goal. Need more motivation? Here are some motivational quotes shared by our members to help keep the fire burning inside you.

  • Impossible = I’m possible
  • Fail to plan = plan to fail
  • "Never, never, never, never give up" - Winston Churchill
  • “Just Do It” Nike
  • “If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else.” Father Richard Lesnick
  • “The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.”  Vince Lombardi
  • “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
  • “If you don’t like something, change it. IF you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” Maya Angelou
  • “The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” Victor E. Frankl
  • “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” William James
  • “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” Colin Powell
  •  “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” Frank Lloyd Wright
  •  “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.” Napoleon Hill
  • “It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” James Gordon
  • “What you eat in private will show up in public.” Unknown
  • “Put all excuses aside and remember this: YOU are capable.” Zig Ziglar
  • “Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but because of lack of commitment.” Vince Lombardi
  • “It’s in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” Anthony Robbins
  • “Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” H.L. Hunt
  • “We never repent of having eaten too little.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.” Elie Wiesel
  • “The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist.” Harold Wilkins
  • “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” Roger Bannister
  • “The first and the best victory is to conquer self.” Plato
  • “You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.” David Viscott
  • “You may delay, but time will not.” Benjamin Franklin
  • “If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.” Julius Erving
  • “Do or do not. There is no try.” Yoda
  • “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it” Art Williams
  • “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I built my life.” J.K. Rowling
Need more?  Check out some motivational slideshows, read some success stories, or  print and post some healthy inspiration.

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DIVAGLOW 1/20/2021
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PRIS421 11/1/2020
Love this am at a platuea now :) Report
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MISSA526 11/1/2020
Love the qoutes! Report
EVIE4NOW 10/18/2020
Thank you for all the positive quotes and motivation. Report
METAFUKARI 9/23/2020
nice affirmations~ Report
ETHELMERZ 9/22/2020
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RAPUNZEL53 9/22/2020
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this time, this time...never quit, never quit Report
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I just keep plugging away because I told myself I would. I want & need to be healthier & no one is more stubborn.
No motivation is necessary when you treat it like a job. The "salary" ie reward is better health & bonus if it's also a longer life. I do not give up. 🐨🐢🐇 Report
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I stopped weighing myself. That way I don't get frustrated. Report
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I've lived the just do it quote in my fitness. If I wait until I feel like it...………. Report
Tape measure, pants size, skin healthier, smile, smile and drink that water. Report
Impossible = I'm possible. I LOVE THAT!!! Report
Look to your planner, not the scale! Report
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Where no one intrudes, many can live in harmony. ~ CHIEF DAN GEORGE ~ 4/29/18 Report
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I take issue with you including this quote:

“We never repent of having eaten too little.” Thomas Jefferson

As someone who's been hospitalized at only seventeen years old, weighing just 93 lbs, and having severe health problems from that, I can honestly say that I totally regret having not eaten more than I had. You need to be sure that you are not encouraging people to be anorexics. Starving yourself is not a good way to lose the weight! I did not join this site so that you could try to get me to be an anorexic. Report
I like the Tim Gunn quote: Make it work! Report
did you notice how often “attitude” shows up in these quotes? Adopting a positive attitude, if you do ‘t already have one, can be a big step toward success. Report
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Thomas Jefferson Report
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The Thomas Jefferson one seemsa little pro-anorexcia. Report
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