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Motivational technique

Friday, August 02, 2013

Today's spark coach was about motivational techniques. We need to each be detectives and find what works best for ourselves. We truly are unique individuals and what works for me may cause someone else to go into a downward spiral. I am finding I need different techniques for different situations.

I am seldom really hungry because I try to remember now to eat by the clock. I used to get involved in a project, look up five hours later and realize I was starving. At that point, I would eat while cooking my meal and than eat the meal too. So eating by the clock helps me regulate.

Exercise motivation is still tricky for me. I am finding actual rewards of things to do when I reach a certain goal to be helpful. I am using the spark streaks for this. My goal was 70 minutes a week. After six weeks, I rewarded myself with an art class, I had been wanting to take. At the end of 12 weeks I am going to Cirque de Soleil because it will be here about that time period and I have always wanted to see it. I am in my ninth week now, and do more than my 70 minutes a week. I still have to talk myself into exercising daily, more because of the joint and back pain I have than anything else.

People who put me down and/or try to teach me what I should be doing used to send me right to food. For the most part I have cut people like that out of my life. I can lose weight but they will probably still be insensitive jerks when I have and do I really need someone like that in my life? I don't think so.

Reading the spark coach 'lessons' each day has been a huge motivational resource for me. This is a slow process but each day I am heading in the right direction. That is all I need.
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