Prayer works! When you feel tempted to eat something you shouldn't or you don't feel like working out, ask God for strength. That'll increase your internal motivation.
For external motivation, go window shopping and make a list or take photos of the non-food things you want to buy when you hit a certain goal. Try a sports store - perhaps you'll find something fun to try now that your trainer has left. A jump rope? a trampoline? maybe an exercise ball?
WINKEL - I am big into rewards, I reward myself in many ways. One that I am really excited for is a bracelet that I am making to mark my progress. Read my most latest blog entry for the details, but I add a different colored bead for different milestones I reach and will have a beautiful, eclectic, meaningful piece of jewelry when I am done.
Lots of people say workout clothes or new workout DVD's, but I always buy what I need so I have to give myself something I WANT. One of my bigger rewards is a massage. You could always just give yourself a break. Do you have kids? If you workout every day of the week, then you could take an evening to take a bath and nobody is allowed to bother you. Or just go to the park and sit and clear your head, but it is YOU time and nobody can bug you when you are there. That is always a nice reward with how busy life is these days!
I keep telling myself that I will get a reward after I accomplish x. The problem is I am not sure what to reward myself. Food use to be my reward. I get pedicures already and I am not ready to buy clothes. Can someone give me samples of what they do.
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Also, I'm sorry your trainer left, but maybe this is an opportunity to find another type of exercise that you enjoy. I didn't start to feel motivated to work out until I discovered kickboxing. Until then, I was dragging my way through elliptical workouts and hating every second of it. Use this time to explore!
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That's a great idea, I'll definitely will do it, nothing like rewarding yourself with a manicure or a pedicure or even better a whole spa day. And thanks for the encouragement :)
Don't forget to reward yourself along the way! For example, give yourself $$ for a workout completed or a day within calorie range (or both!). I'm talking like $0.50 a day into a jar and then when you get to your goal use that money towards your new wardrobe. Or, don't put it out that far. Tell yourself when you get $20 (or other amount) in the jar, you get a new purse, or pedicure, or whatever makes you happy. I recently rewarded myself for making morning workouts a habit. I bought a new purse and everytime I pick it up, I remember that I did something that I never thought I'd be doing!
I know you can do it!!
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Thanks so much, you're so right I need to keep my goals in mind and focus on the future not the struggle of the present. :)THANKS FOR THE REMINDER
I think one of the hardest things about staying motivated is working on one's internal motivations. For me I try to keep my goals in mind. Sometimes I'm reduced to having as a "goal" that I will NOT EAT THAT (whatever that is). Sometimes I get to think a little more holistically (Yay, my nutritional balance is right on for the day!), or even long-term. I try hard not to let temporary setbacks kill all my forward progress!
I've read a lot of the Motivation articles on this website, some of them several times. Since you know that classes work for you, try to find another class to keep you moving! I envy that, I am terrified of fitness classes, so I'm stuck in my living room with DVDs which can get boring and lonely.
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So I recently started TRYING to eat healthy and TRYING to drink lots of water in hopes of losing weight. I weight 214lbs and just basically want to be at a healthy weight. I had started my weight lost over a year ago, was doing great but then my main motivator (trainer) got a better paying job and left us (circuit training class) without a replacement. I gain back the weight I had lost and now I want to lose it and alot more. Unfortunately I don't have as much will power as I should and my motivations don't always help when temptation is around. If any of you have lost what you thought was impossible to lose I would really appreciate some words of advice.
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