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How do you keep your motivation high?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sometimes our motivation erodes. I want to build an arsenal of good tactics for revamping my motivation for those difficult times.

What has worked for me so far:

1. Looking at before and after pictures of people at goal. If they did it, it is possible.

2. exercising and completing a difficult routine. Success builds on success and I feel so proud of myself for trying.

3. Losing inches, fat, building muscle, getting firmer, fitter.

4. spark coach

5. spark people trackers and articles

Please add your ideas and suggestions. It will help me so much!
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    1904 days ago
    Positive reinforcement.

    Everytime your brain starts with a negative, such as, "I have so much weight to lose", turn it around into a positive, "I look and feel so much better since losing those 10 lbs".
    1910 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Hmm... let's see...

    I keep my motivation high because I am doing this for me and I am SO very worth it.

    I speak to myself the way I would speak to a loved one.

    I make sure if that negative chorus in my head starts to talk that I stop it right away.

    I pay attention to all the non-scale victories that go on in my life because each little step I take whether it's tracking my food, water, or exercising gets me closer to becoming the healthiest I can be.

    I start off my day with a smile because that is how I mean to go. I am positive because positive attracts positive.

    Once I decided I was going to blog I chose to make a positive blog post each day of something I was working on or trying to master so I can look through it on those days I need inspiration or to show myself that I am doing good.

    Half the time I spend on SP is devoted to making sure my brain (thoughts) sync up with my body because I need to work on the emotional eating issues that I have so that I am better equipped to deal with them.

    Right now I'm working on not getting in my own way and self-sabotage.

    1910 days ago
    Sometimes you can add to the list a future event that you are going to attend. I have my 50th class reunion in June and so that keeps me on track. I think it helps to have a reward system in place also.: new book, massage, nail polish, etc. when you drop 2 pounds or whatever you decide. Working towards those rewards that you want can keep you strong. Keep up your good work! emoticon
    1910 days ago
    Clothes feel better
    Confidence improved
    Improved stamina- can do more for longer!
    1910 days ago
  • SHOES17
    " arsenal of good tactics " I am giving spark coach a whirl. For me it always comes back to one thing, past successes and documentation of jobs completed. emoticon
    1910 days ago
    I have a big yearly mileage goal, that I broke down into monthly and daily amounts. This is helping me stay on track.
    1910 days ago
    If you want something you know you shouldn't have ask Is it worth it!!!!!
    1910 days ago
    First and foremost, I keep in mind that feeling motivated is a 'feeling' and acknowledge that it will come and go, like all feelings.

    But having said that, I do try to 'nurture' it. Like you I love seeing before and after pics, and finding youtube videos of people's stories.

    I also have made myself a NEW vision board - with pics of the clothes and styles (sounds shallow but when you're big you have limited choices, and they're rarely quite 'you'.) Also on there is a quote I love, foods that are great for me, and some running pics.

    I also have a weight loss buddy, with a very similar past to my own, who is an incredible support.

    AND - and it's a biggy - keeping my short term goals really small. I can hang in there better than having to look at the mountain of weight I have to lose.
    1910 days ago
    Totally agree with your list. My additions:
    * evaluation, adjust the plan, and start again each day
    * having better results on medical health tests
    * setting a goal to do a new activity (5k, hike, snow ski, swim, triathelon)

    Be blessed with your new life!
    1910 days ago
    just having clothes fit better and not as tight or being able to get into clother that haven't fit for a while
    1910 days ago
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