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11/9/15 9:49 A

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I do a couple of things.

At the beginning of the month, I plan out my workouts for the entire month. Then daily, I put my workouts for the day as tasks in my phone. I like to check things off so this works for me.

You could also try a sticker chart where you give yourself a sticker for everyday that you do what you are supposed to. Then when you get so many stickers, you get to reward yourself with something.

Hope that helps!

-Nicole

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5/18/15 7:46 A

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Where do I find my motivation? I find it a couple of places...

1) By motivating others. Helping others stay on track makes me stay on track. Knowing that someone else is counting on me to stay the course keeps me going. And if I have a bad meal or a bad day I know I need to add extra cardio because someone is counting on ME to do the right thing - not the easy thing. The easy thing is letting one bad choice slide into five bad choices - because it tastes sooo good... the right thing is to stop at one bad choice - one bad meal or one bad day --- because it FEELS so GOOD to know you can control it. And when you share that success, it motivates everyone else into thinking they can do it, too.

2) By sharing my success - even if it is only a pound or two - and hearing the 'wow, that's great'. I've always liked that positive reinforcement and my craving for that reminds me to get back on track.

3) Probably not the greatest way... but I look at photos of me at my lightest and heaviest weights and I get so angry at the "big" me that it motivates me to do the right thing.

Hope you got your mojo back!!!

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5/14/15 1:46 P

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Thanks everyone for the support. I feel like I rode that slippery slope right into a crash with binge eating yesterday. I ate so much crap, it's disgusting just to think about it. I'm feeling much more in control today. I'm grateful for this group -- I feel like having this forum and your support helps keep me connected to my goals and the lifestyle I want to live (a healthy one). Yesterday I connected with CULV414 on the Pair Up message board, and talking with her has been great. I think for me-- I need to avoid temptations. I'm going to suggest to our office that we keep candy out of the common areas, because that is one of my biggest triggers. And while I can't always control business meals, I can certainly control what I eat at home and the food I prepare for myself for the work day. For instance -- instead of going out to dinner on Friday like we might normally do, my DH & I are going to eat at home. It's so much more nutritious and less tempting than eating at a restaurant (and less expensive!). Also, last month while I was doing really well, I did my weekly shopping at Whole Foods twice in a row. It was my first time shopping there, and even though it seems pricier, the bill wasn't as bad as I expected, and I feel like being surrounded by "food with a purpose" helps keep me connected to my goal -- good health. So that's my plan. That being said, I am eating out tonight with my DH's grandfather, who is in town, but I've already picked out my meal and I'm determined to not go off plan! Basically, I don't want to let "i have no choice but to eat out because of X" to be an excuse to give up. I think the scaring myself into being strict tactic might be my best option! Thank you all again so much.

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5/14/15 10:15 A

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Honestly, what works the most for me is scaring myself into doing it - and being super strict about diet, etc.

I figured out early on that weight loss alone wasn't a big enough motivator. However, I have health problems in my family, specifically digestive issues (my mother has Crohn's). I've already shown mild symptoms of the disease, but not enough to be diagnosed. So, out of fear of having it, I've super motivated to eat the right diet to help heal my body and keep me healthy. (There is also some fear that if I don't do well enough, potential future kid may inherit some nasty stuff.)

Then, with the diet, I find that "cutting back" on certain things doesn't work. It's too easy to do "just one more", or "just one cheat day", and then all your hard work goes to waste. So I got strict and absolute. No sugar whatsoever! (along with other limitations from healing my digestive system) Now I can't rationalize eating badly at all, and fear of my future health and future family's health keeps me from giving up the restrictions all together.

It's a bit extreme, but its working so much better than anything else I've tried. I actually feel a lot better and no longer crave sweets. Hope this helps give you an idea of your options!

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5/14/15 8:42 A

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Sometimes I'm able to re-evaluate my goals and that puts me on the right track... and other times.. I honestly have to grin and bare it. I just have to "do it", and the motivation will come when I hit that first loss on the scale, then I feel motiviated again. I'm currently in the "just do it" mode. haha

Good Luck!

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5/13/15 7:17 P

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I have to regroup. Have to tell myself, even out loud, that it's time to restart and start writing my meals out and logging my workouts. I don't have anything really amazing to share, but I just have to pull myself back.

You can do this! I know it! Just bring yourself back and think about what you accomplished so far.

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5/13/15 11:48 A

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I'm starting to lose my initial motivation and I'm catching myself slipping back into my bad old habits, like not meal planning and eating too much sugar. It started last week when I needed to eat out a lot for work, and it's been a slippery slope from there. Reading through SP's motivational members' story has helped a bit, but I still don't feel like I have a firm grasp on my eating plan and concrete intentions. What do you do to keep your motivation going?

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