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Staying motivated

Thursday, January 24, 2013

"How do I stay motivated?" seems to be a common question for those of us trying to lose weight. We start out with lots of enthusiasm, make some progress, and then slowly start slipping back into old patterns. I think that is the point where the vast majority of people give up, instead of really digging in for the long-term battle. I've done that before... you may have, too... but this time I am determined that things will be different!

Visualize what it will be like to reach your goal. Thinner, stronger, enjoying the things that you want to do but are presently difficult or impossible.

Put a photo of yourself at your heaviest weight where you can see it, along with pictures of people and activities that inspire you.

Reward yourself for accomplishments -- but not with food!

Make exercise part of your daily routine, even if only for 10 or 15 minutes.

Be realistic in setting goals -- but don't make them so easy that you feel you can let them slide.

Keep your goals in the front of your mind, ALL the time.

Look on being hungry as a good thing -- it means you aren't overeating.

Plan in advance what you will eat each day, and do your best to stick to it. Honestly and accurately keep track of everything you eat each day; stay within your allotted calorie range. Use your allotted calories for healthy and nutritious foods, not "junk." To paraphrase Jimmy Buffet, treat your body like a temple, not a tent!

If you can't remove all the snacks and goodies from your home (i.e., if you don't live alone), at least put them out of sight.

Read and re-read articles on SP for inspiration.

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    You are so right! If you don't remember why you started, you will once you slip back into the old routines! This has to be a lifestyle change objective and that requires, education, replacing food and habits and gaining a new way of life that is better than the old one! Even if you have to surround yourself with healthy people and avoid the negative influences! Your friends and family just might notice and follow you ot of the swamp!

    Great blog and thanks for sharing!

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    1857 days ago
    Yes, yes and yes! emoticon blog!
    1911 days ago
    YES!!! It is so good to read these kinds of things over and over to remind me what to do...and what not to do! LOL Thank you for posting this blog. Keep it up! Also, love the background pic! Seen WAY too many of those "white things" over on our side of the state too!! UGH! ;-)

    ~ Christa
    1912 days ago
    Thanks for the motivating blog. You are so right we have to keep our goals close to our heart and work on them everyday.. I have tried to lose so many times before, and lost the motivation and quite. This time I am in it for the long haul I will not quit. Thanks to you and others on Spark People I know I can and will make it. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1912 days ago
    That certainly is the way to do it, the problem is that is takes time to get all this right and that is while a lot of people lose motivation.

    We just need to remember who won the important race emoticon

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    1914 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!


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    All great points - emoticon
    1915 days ago
    great thoughts-thanks for sharing!
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