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BETHANN34 SparkPoints: (4,882)
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3/5/13 2:51 P

I bought a new scale, broke out the tape measure, joined the gym, told all my family and friends, joined spark people, and last but not least, removed the word can't from my vocabulary! Good luck everyone! We CAN do this!!!

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
3/5/13 12:20 A

surround yourself with people who will help you in this. put up motivational sayings around your home to remind you of why you are doing this. set yourself up small attainable goals with rewards attached to them. remember get the butt you want you have to get off the one you have. And...........going slow is ok as you are lapping those sitting on the couch.

NMSUSTUDENT SparkPoints: (38)
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3/3/13 1:24 P

Quote: "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."─Henry David Thoreau

JAYEBEAN SparkPoints: (0)
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3/3/13 9:15 A

I try to remind myself why I am eating differently or losing weight. Honestly, I just want to wear certain clothes. I do want to be in good health, but I'm pretty healthy right now, so that argument doesn't work for me. But there are plenty of days when remembering why I'm doing something helps me to stay motivated. Maybe not every day, maybe I get sidetracked, but I can find motivation that way.

TRACYCD SparkPoints: (5,959)
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3/2/13 12:55 P

It is hard to keep motivated when you watch what you eat but you don't see the difference on the scale. I'm going to try to stop obsessing over the scale and know that I'm eating right and exercising. I know I usually stay motivated when I get feedback from others and I also give support to others also.. I'm trying that for now. I haven't lost any weight in over a week and I know I'm eating less! So, I need some motivation right now, too...

CRISPINI SparkPoints: (0)
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3/2/13 12:35 P

Zig Ziglar said "Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.”

This is the secret to lasting change. The first thing you do is have to motivate YOURSELF. Reading books, making vision collages, talking to others, focusing on your goals. And do it eery day. Like bathing! Taking the time to get your head in the right place and keep it there means your goals get accomplished almost automatically. Spark is a great place to find your motivation. Come on here, blog, reply on message boards, talk to others, and just make the time to get motivation on!

YOU CAN DO IT! ((( HUG )))

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
3/2/13 9:57 A

That's probably because you have the 'diet' mentality not the 'lifestyle change' mentality.
I personally struggled with the all or nothing mentality. I tried cutting foods, and only eating certain foods hoping that it would speed my weight loss. It did, but then I'd get discouraged because I felt 'bored', or 'left out' because my family would be eating 'bad foods', but the reality is you don't have to cut anything out. As someone said on this site: You can eat anything you want, just not all at once :) After years of doing this, I understand what moderation is.

One thing that might help you with your motivation is to really sit down and write down your goals. What do you want to accomplish besides losing weight? Do you have a fitness goal? Sometimes when we focus more on the fitness rather than the weight loss itself, it becomes more fun, and the weight loss becomes secondary.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,287
3/2/13 8:37 A

Write down your goals-- both long term and short term ones. Post the list where you will see it every day. Even make several copies, and put them up all over the place. Do not focus just on the long-term, end result goal. Break it up into more short-term goals (like every 5 pounds, or 10 pounds), and set up some rewards for yourself, for reaching those goals.

Join a Spark Team. You can find Teams under the Community tab at the top of the page. There are Teams for all kinds of stuff-- age ranges, geographic locations, pounds to lose, hobbies and interests, tons of different stuff. Some of the Teams are more active than others, so you need to look around a bit to find a couple that would be a good fit. I'd suggest you look for one that offers monthly challenges that you can participate in, for extra motivation.

There is even a section here on Spark just for Challenges. Again, under the Community tab. I always like to pick a challenge I'm fairly confident I can complete without totally re-doing my entire life. For example, I don't have a ton of time to exercise, so I wouldn't join a challenge that included committing to 2 hours of fitness every day or anything. It just isn't going to happen. But I would join something that called for doing a 10 minute video every day.

I've found that the more involved I am, with Spark, the more motivated I stay.

NADERBA Posts: 3
3/1/13 10:05 P

Usually when we start a diet we are highly motivated... by days our motivation becomes less that the days before... then after few weeks we stop our diet... how to keep the motivation?
can some one help please with ideas.

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