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NANCYPAT1 Posts: 59,008
2/8/13 8:59 P

I use affirmations and positive messages

JOYOUS1917 SparkPoints: (19,811)
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2/8/13 8:55 P

Find an activity you would LOOk forward to....dancing, canoeing, scenic walking somewhere...and think on that while working on getting in shape or sign up for one of those classes...some activity that gets away from the refrig. and positively points us in the direction we want to go. emoticon

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 59,008
2/5/13 6:10 P

I also like to compete with myself. It helps sometimes. I never like to compete WITH others because it becomes a negative thing for me - when I compete with myself, it doesn't get muddied up.

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (272,036)
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2/5/13 5:29 P

My best tool for staying motivated is to compete with myself, constantly trying to improve my own numbers, whether it be consistency, minutes of exercise, inches, lots of combinations.

I'm also very fortunate that my company has many incentive programs that they do throughout the year to try and get healthier employees. Not only do I take full advantage, I set records. We get points for everything we do (along with prizes, $$, all kinds of other goodies) and I try to be my own numbers every year.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 59,008
2/5/13 5:26 P

Someone told me today that they could see where I lost my wt - no, not my bra size - she commented on my STOMACH - WOW that was an awesome compliment.

HSMOMX2 Posts: 1,556
2/5/13 9:06 A

I look back at all the positive encouragement and support I received from Spark friends and all the blogs that I wrote for the purpose of reminding myself about positive baby steps I've took. Passed victories are just as motivating afterwards as they are when you do them!

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 59,008
2/5/13 8:57 A

My motivation increases as my pain goes down and my mobility goes UP. It makes me want it even more when I see tangible heath progress.

FAWNZIB SparkPoints: (10,643)
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2/4/13 7:34 P

Journals and friends doing this with me,visual things I have posted etc

GLORYINHIM29X11 SparkPoints: (100)
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2/4/13 10:56 A

Prayer is probably my biggest motivator. And just the gospel message that God loves me/us no matter what. Basically I use to equate my worth as a person by whether I stuck to my diet for a period of time, I'm not in those chains anymore, Jesus loves me no matter how bad or good I'm doing, and that in and of itself is inspiration to get healthy.

My second motivator is wanting to plant a huge garden this summer and I'll need to get weight off or I won't have the energy to do that!

DANYLEIN SparkPoints: (91,872)
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2/3/13 4:44 P

Thanks Dragonchilde! I appreciate your comments. and yes --- GO RAVENS!

LAMEJOR5 Posts: 12
2/3/13 4:34 P

Thank you @DANYLEIN for opening up and sharing that! I think for a lot of us it starts out as I don't want to be skinny...I don't want to be like "those" people. Then we realize it's not about that at all! Like @TMCLEOD4 said it's a lifestyle change, we just want to be healthy now and enjoy all that we may have taken for granted!

@Bouttime24 thank you for your story as well! I know the bad eating habits I had before and lack of exercise started in my childhood. No one around me exercised and when I brought being vegetarian to my family they laughed at me. I thank you for taking a positive approach and being an outstanding role model for your daughter!

When I posted this topic, it was my first forum post. I am ecstatic at the replies and how everyone is a team.
Happy Sunday and enjoy the Super Bowl. Go Ravens!

Edited by: LAMEJOR5 at: 2/3/2013 (16:37)
NANCYPAT1 Posts: 59,008
2/3/13 2:07 P

Bouttime - I absolutely am in awe of your reaction and the way you have brought your daughter into this whole process. That would motivate me too. How inspiring it must be that you could talk to her about being positive and helping you. There is a good chance this may help HER too throughout her life. Little ears and minds remember some things forever when they really hit home. Thanks for sharing. My son is a grown man and in many ways he inspires and moti vates me. He is experiencing success and making healthhy changes too.

BOUTTIME24 SparkPoints: (14,838)
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2/3/13 10:41 A

My kids are my motivation. About a month ago my oldest daughter (5years) told me I was fat. It hurt my Husbands feelings, but for me it was a jump start. She was telling the truth. Since then, she and I have had a heart to heart talk. She agrees to use positive words to help me stay on track. She's been doing great! I want to be healthy for, not only myself, but for my children. I want to be a good example.

Also, Slow and Steady wins the race! In the past I've gotten frustrated when I didn't see immediate results which caused a downward spiral and eventually I'd just give up. For me, looking at the big picture is scary, frustrating, and a lot of hard work. So I Live For Today and remember that every little bit counts. Also, I still allow for those frustrating moments without "living" in them. Tomorrow is a new day and it will be a better one!

DANYLEIN SparkPoints: (91,872)
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2/3/13 9:54 A

I try to look at the big picture and yet take small steps, if that makes any sense. I don't beat myself up for small weight losses. I know I have a long journey. This is not a quick fix. It's a lifestyle change. As far as exercise, I take small steps. I increase my time by 5 minutes.
Carrying around this weight has caused a lot of health problems as well as psychological ones.
It's much easier to avoid intimate relationships when you're heavy. No one wants you so you never get hurt. WRONG! You never get hugged, have any physical contact at all. When someone would touch me, I would literally jump. It was a shock to be touched. How sad is that?
I have put myself in a 10 year exile, all the while thinking I was safe. Yet I was lonelier all the time. And angry. When I got my photo taken for my new drivers license, I was shocked! Was that me? I saw an old, bloated, sad face staring back at me. I am too young to look this old!
That was the beginning of a changing process for me. It took a long time, but I finally feel I deserve better.
I CAN do this. SparkPeople is a tremendous help. So much support on here and so much information.
Thank you for listening.

AY_BEAUTIFUL89 SparkPoints: (39,407)
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2/3/13 9:24 A

These are all wonderful ideas, especially this one, which I can tell you works. I pray a lot about my health/fitness journey because sometimes even those who start the journey may mess up and bring you down with them. And, it's hard to do this alone. Spark friends are also a big help!

TMCLEOD4 Posts: 1,673
2/3/13 9:03 A

Try to remember that this is a lifestyle change and not simply something I have to do to reach a goal. If I can't stay motivated to stay on this while I'm losing weight, how can I expect to stay motivated for the rest of my life? Everything in moderation, including moderation!

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 59,008
2/2/13 4:52 P

Lots of affirmations, positive messages and self talk, read others' blogs, write a blog, and the NUMBER ONE thing is P R A Y E R

LAMEJOR5 Posts: 12
2/2/13 4:51 P

Glad you all have great ways to stay motivated. I'll have to try "Toby's" dressing, sounds perfect!

KBOOFAN Posts: 20
2/2/13 4:08 P

a) i allow myself some periods of low motivation and regression

b) I have a 5 pound ceiling on this regression

c) then i start a new "day 1" -- and this "day 1" I happen to weigh 10 pounds LESS than my last "day 1" -- so it's lookin' pretty good in the big picture.

d) i find a veggie that I LOVE but never cook -- this time it's BEETS. lovely, tasty with cukes and carrots and orange peppers, with the best lowfat blue cheese dressing (TOBY's) it's still really low cal, tastes great, fills me up, and makes my tummy FEEL GOOD.

e) i sign up for a Salsa dance class

Edited by: KBOOFAN at: 2/2/2013 (16:08)
SORTIZA99 Posts: 1,940
2/2/13 4:50 A

Entrust everything to our Lord Jesus Christ.

LISAREINHART1 SparkPoints: (6,225)
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2/1/13 5:46 P

I surround myself with positive people, and when it is time to work out I bring them with me! I just love to see our group pair up and push each other to do our best. I often think something is better than NOTHING! I always compliment others when they work out and cheer them on during the tuff stuff...So good luck being motivated.

LAMEJOR5 Posts: 12
2/1/13 4:31 P

That's a great quote and idea!

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,778
2/1/13 4:15 P

A quote on my refrigerator:

"Being defeated is often temporary. Giving up makes it permanent." Marilyn von Savant.

I am NOT giving up.

LAMEJOR5 Posts: 12
2/1/13 4:09 P

I try to look at fitness pictures, videos, or upbeat music when I feel I'm stuck in a "rut." Today is the day I would usually take a rest from working out. This week is the first week I made it all the way to 'rest day' without taking a break mid-week! That motivated me and seeing my FIRST trophy for 1000 fitness minutes. I have been exercising 5-6 times a week for 4 weeks now and I feel so much better! What motivates you?

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