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Monday, February 14, 2011

You know you’re supposed to be motivated. You’re told it is the only way to lose weight. So if it’s that important, where do you find motivation for yourself? It’s not for sale at the corner store and it seems in short supply at most gatherings of friends or family, so where do you get yours?

Goals generally make it easier to get motivated, because they offer their own reward. They are your goals and reflect where you have a strong desire to achieve for your own well being. Most goal setting exercises concentrate on this aspect because it is one the individual can control.

Motivation here can range from the challenge of the assignment, (lose weight for health purposes) to the fear of not wanting to be healthier bad enough. Much of this can be traced to your attitude and how you view weight loss at this given moment. If you like the challenge of the competition then this is enough to get you motivated, but if you hate self discipline, it is more difficult, because self discipline is key.

This is, for me, the hardest motivation to find. Something that has to be done, and you can’t argue, because you know it has to be done. My health is in jeopardy and I'm not getting any younger.

The way that keeps coming to mind is to do it from a sense of duty. You know it has to be done, and you are the only person to make it happen, so "just do it", as the commercial says. It's like the household duties (see, even the word is a form of duty), there is no option, you must do your house work or your house will soon not be habitable.

One thing that really has helped me to get motivated is to set really small manageable goals for myself that with very little effort on my part, I can achieve.

I set a weekly goal of one pound. You might think, 'one pound, why bother?'
One pound works for me even though I "know" it takes very little effort on my part to achieve because I can then reward myself with a sense (albeit small) of accomplishment.

So in my opinion (which is just "my" opinion) I need to actually 'see' results to become motivated.

1st I truly 'want' to succeed
2nd I know I am the only person that can 'make' it happen
3rd I need that sense of "I CAN do it" if I sincerely want to make the effort it takes to work at it, so I can reward myself and continue my efforts.

So for now at least, I personally WANT to achieve my weekly goal. That is my motivation; that is my goal. One week at a time. Any weight loss over 1 pound is pure bonus which adds fuel to the fire!

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    Wonderful post!
    2620 days ago
    great very well thought through and explained
    2622 days ago
    1 lbs is realistic. Making realistic goals helps us succeed.

    Excellent work! emoticon
    2624 days ago
    emoticon Great blog and blue ribbon advice! emoticon
    2624 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your blog. What a wonderful way to look at thing!

    2624 days ago
    1 pound is an awesome goal!!! My goal is also 1 pound but I will even take 1/2 pound..lol Between our slow weight loss and all our walking we are getting healthier by the day.. :-)
    2625 days ago
    Great blog! A goal of one pound a week is EXCELLENT because if done consistently, those pounds add up over the months and before you know it, you're down to the next lowest decade. And it's a healthy way to get there with the greatest chance that you'll maintain it.

    Motivation is that mysterious thing that seems to come and go for me. Once you have it, you have to treasure it and nurture it so that the flames do not die down.

    Presently, health is my A#1 motivation. Because if you don't have good health, nothing else matters.

    Thank you for the inspirational post! emoticon
    2625 days ago
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