Fitness Minutes: (11,276)
1,025 9/20/12 4:11 P
I keep my eye on the prize with visualization and thinking of the benefits or consequences of the choices I make. I also try to plan ahead and make sure I have good options to choose from. It makes it easier knowing I have something to snack on or to eat for a meal at hand that won't sabotage me.
Besides all the help from Sparkpeople I take it one day at a time and make healthy choices. I find it overwhelming to think "I need to lose 60 pounds to get to my goal weight" so it's more helpful to plan that today I am going to eat within my calorie range and be as active as possible.
I also try to roll with the punches life throws at you. I had planned on going to the gym after work tonight but I barely slept last night and am exhausted. Instead I'm going to walk home after work, which is just over 3 miles. That way I still get some exercise and I don't have to take the subway!
Fitness Minutes: (9,734)
882 9/20/12 8:33 A
At the end of a succesful day I take a few notes - either on paper or in my head - just 2 or 3 points. Even the simple things work. For example: - Both got exercise and saved on gas when walking to the supermarket. - Slept really well after yoga class last night - Didnt feel bloated after dinner - because I stuck to my plan. Then in the morning I can re-read them/ remember them and it gives me a new reason every day to stay on track.
I have an inspiration board in the kitchen and in one other place I see it. I am also a big believer in rewarding myself with stickers or stars for specific behaviors. Not this --not giving myself a sticker for being "good all day"- THAT DOES NOT WORK!! I give myself a sticker for one achievable task such as taking a walk or tracking all my food. That builds up my confidence to achieve goals.
Fitness Minutes: (1,251)
23 9/19/12 6:54 P
Good ideas! I'm thinking of making an "inspiration board" to put up in my house and making a mini one to put up at work.
I start each day with a prayer (if you are not religious, you could just take a moment to calm yourself and start out positive).
I stop several times throughout the day to RE-CENTER myself and to be grateful for my blessings.
I keep affirming messages and slogans around me and read them OFTEN.
I am VERY careful about the words I use when I talk or think about myself. It is way too easy to get negative and to put myself down. I work hard to be positive and find things and places where I succeed and to think of them as SUCCESSES however small they might be.
I weigh often and sometimes more than once a DAY but I WORK REALLY HARD NOT TO LET THE NUMBERS be anything more than a reminder that I have to THINK and make conscious choices about what I eat and how I use my body.
Fitness Minutes: (215)
1 9/19/12 12:33 P
Keep looking in the mirror, when you get over a hump, pat yourself on the back, when you slip, tell your self it's ok & try again. Good luck.
Fitness Minutes: (1,251)
23 9/19/12 12:10 P
I just got back on the wagon yesterday and I am feeling super motivated! However, it's only day 2. I think the key to success with weight loss is keeping that motivation going... how do you stay motivated?
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