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  Week of 2/23/2012 - Featured Blog Post

Maintaining Motivation

Tomorrow will be my 400th day on SparkPeople. That is 400 days of consistently making healthy choices and building a better ME. Although my journey has certainly not been perfect, my MOTIVATION has never waned.

In fact, Sparkers frequently ask me HOW I've managed to maintain my motivation over time. After all, most people understand HOW to lose weight and to get healthy, but sometimes just end up losing their way, despite their best intentions.

Yet, in order to successfully lose weight and keep it off, you must be enormously motivated! And staying the course seldom means taking the easy route. Counting, measuring, logging, and burning day, after day, after day is really difficult. Such persistence requires a LOT of motivation to succeed!

Well, I believe it is absolutely critical to figure out the REAL reasons you wanted to lose weight in the first place. These reasons are the seeds from which your motivation will bloom. Motives for losing weight are not the same for everyone. While some people want to drop pounds in order to be healthier, others simply want to look good wearing cute clothes. Still others have an important event like a wedding or a reunion to get ready for. The point is, you have to bond with the TRUE reason you want to lose weight in order to maintain your motivation over the long haul.

Then find ways to continually remind yourself why you are working so hard to achieve your goals. Write your motive on a post-it and stick it to your bathroom mirror. Jot it down above the grocery list on your fridge. Even consider repeating your motive out loud to yourself whenever you are tempted to make poor choices. If you genuinely connect with what drives you to succeed, you will be unstoppable!

So, what is MY personal motivation?

The REAL and TRUE reason I wanted to lose weight was to be healthy. I want to be an active participant in my own life and to be a positive role model for my family. And my biggest reason I want to be healthy is my 4-year-old son, Sam. I want to be AROUND to watch him grow up.

So if YOU are struggling to stay motivated on your own journey, I challenge you to reflect on what prompted you to begin your weight loss. What is the REAL reason you want to reach your goals? Then hang onto that vision each and every day to sustain your Spark.

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