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Staying motivated for me means lightening up in as many areas of my life as I can. If I take it all too seriously, most especially myself, I become overwhelmed and my resolve to lose weight falls away. And laughter is a life saver.
Since my husband became ill, I have channeled all my energy into taking care of him. He is not making as much progress because he won't get up and move. I recently had a heart attack and he has to fix his own food now and do more for himself. It was hard at first, but everyday it gets easier. I let him do it.
Many dogs, and cats for that matter, need constant cleaning around their eyes and/or mouth. Soft shop towels are fantastic to use to gently clean these areas. Just tear the amount required (no sense wasting a whole towel on a small animal), moisten with warm water, wipe.
One thing I like to do is dance with the vacuum. Sounds silly, but it works and makes a needed chore more fun.
Each Monday, I weigh myself to verify that I am within 3 lbs. of my goal weight. If I'm successful, I "reward" myself by putting a gel cling on the frig underneath my written New Year's Resolution to "Stay Svelte ( less than125 lbs.)