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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?
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    Its a good question. 2lbs per week goal is actually a lot, and healthy eating and exercise WILL help not MIGHT help LOL!

    This healthy lifestyle change is just that. getting into the habit of living healthily. Your food shop does NOT include bad foods, even for children if they want a sweet, doe they want it bad enough to walk to the local shop to get one (or you for that matter!)

    My motivation is long term - I want to be fit and healthy as I enter menopause in a few yrs time, after that I want my bones to be strong enough to fight osteoperosis, I know that if I don't work at it now its no good wingeing about it later.

    You will find your 'reason' but in the meantime just take it one step at a time, short term goals are crucial but the long term goal is what its all about - I want to be a healthy Grandma when the time comes.

    Enjoy Sparks - you'll do just great and its lovely having you join our team too (10,000 steps)

    Mandy x
    3683 days ago
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    What a great blog! I totally understand where you are coming from! For me, it would have to be my children (and my hubby). My dad passed away so young in age, and it makes me keep my focus, and really realize what's important. You will have to find that "thing" that makes you motivate yourself everyday to stick with what you are doing! Is it the fact that you want to be healthy and not burdened with being in and out of the dr's office with health issues, or children, or just the overall feeling you get from working out and watching what you eat? You made a major step by joining this site! You can do this!!! :0 ) We are all here to support you!!! emoticon Amy
    3684 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/13/2010 5:46:39 AM
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