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The Honeymoon is Over

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I am still motivated for change, but the euphoria of starting fresh and beginning a new healthy lifestyle is fading. I need to make sure I keep my goals in check and don't trail off back into my previous healthy lifestyle.

What do you do to keep motivated?

These are some strategies I'm using to make sure I keep moving forward:

* I use this blog to hold myself accountable. By posting about my successes and failures I'm committing myself to keep going. The last thing I'm going to do is let my family and friends see me quit.

* My mom and my best friend Krista are amazing sounding boards. They know what I'm going through so we can bounce ideas off each other for recipes, talk about our challenges and keep each other motivated.

* I have a mental image of what I'm going to look like 60 pounds from now and she is BEAUTIFUL. I can't wait to meet her.

* Every day is a fresh start so even if I go over my calorie limit one day, the next day is a whole new opportunity to succeed.

How are you handling the day to day grind? What are you doing to keep yourself from "falling off the wagon?" I'd love to hear ideas from my friends.
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    I got 2 local friends to sign up on SP, and tomorrow we are meeting to discuss our goals, and working on this together.
    1969 days ago
    I have read all of your blogs. I, myself, am trying to lose a few pounds. But, more importantly, I am trying to eat better, healthier foods. Cravings are tough! I have more than a few of my own. When I go to the grocery store I make sure not to buy any unhealthy snacks, like potato chips and candy. I have been buying dark chocolate because it is suppose to be better for you than milk chocolate. I don't know what other foods you crave, but I have been reading that raw chocolate is an even better alternative to regular/processed. I have also read that olive oil based spreads are better for you because olive oil is a healthy fat.

    Above all, I have learned that some fat and cholesterol is good for you. You just have to know what kinds. You won't get fat from eating fat, it's the not moving around and exercising that gets most people. I see that you have been working really hard, so that is definitely not the issue here! :) Just make sure not to deprive yourself of essential fatty acids, lipids, and carbohydrates because that can lead to weight gain as well.

    If I find myself craving that chocolate or those potato chips, I drink water first. I think you even mentioned that before. I've read that a lot of the time you feel hungry is simply because you are not getting enough water. I really try to drink those 8 glasses a day at least! Some of my friends flavor their water to make it bearable. Although I do not know how good those flavorings are for you. The main ingredient is usually a combination of sugar alternatives, such as sucrose. But sucrose IS a form of sugar, though said to be healthier. That may be something to check into. I'll get off my soapbox now, but I hope some of this helps you with those cravings and staying on track.
    1969 days ago
    Don't lose sight of that finish line! You can do it! Another drop in weight and you will feel that spark again! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1969 days ago
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