Monday, July 12, 2010
I've been thinking a lot about motivation here lately. Spark People is helping a lot with motivation right now, but I'm trying to dive deeper into what will keep me going for a lifetime.
What I have noticed is that I'm not really good at maintaining. There have been a few times of my life where I seemed to be holding steady, but most of the time I'm either gaining or losing. In 2002 I made it to 145 lbs doing Weight Watchers. But then I moved and lost my group and didn't keep up with it.
So I want to build myself a life that includes ways for me to stay motivated, even after getting to a weight that I'm happy with. How do I keep from what I think of as the "bury my head in sand" stage of eating and (not) exercising?
Right now I think that continuing to participate here on Spark will help me keep my health as a priority in my life. I'm really happy to be following many of you here because reading about your efforts is helping me a lot.
Good exercise habits and eating habits should help. And I think that aiming for only 2 pounds a month will really help me by making the journey long enough that I can establish pretty solid habits.
But besides habits and participating in Spark, what else do you all think will keep you (or already does keep you) motivated?