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I have never been a positive person. Lately, I have been focusing on the positive things that have occurred since beginning my healthy lifestyle instead of the negative. This has profoundly changed my outlook in life in general, not just with weight loss and healthy living.
I have really learned that there is nothing wrong with vanity as my motivation. I *know* that I should be motivated by wanting to be healthy, being a better mom, etc... but honestly, embracing my vanity has helped me stay motivated more than anything.
For my birthday and Christmas, my mom always wants "ideas" of things I would like to have. I started keeping a list throughout the year. When I find something I would like but won't buy it for myself, I write it on the list. When the holidays come around and I still want the item, I have ideas.
Finding a buddy who is going through some of the same struggles you are can be of benefit. If you are having trouble keeping up with exercise, check in with a friend who will help keep you accountable. Or better yet, find someone with whom you can exercise.
Setbacks are a part of life. Someone will bring in cake for a coworkers birthday. Your special someone will surprise you with dinner out. You'll have to work late. You'll get sick. These things happen. Just because you have an unperfect moment doesn't mean the entire day or week is lost.
I was raised to believe 3 big meals a day was the way to go but now I realize how wrong that was. I now eat 5 to 6 times a day. Small portions of healthy food. I have never been hungry and now feel satisfied rather than full. We must as they say; eat to live not live to eat! This worked for me.
Whenever I clean out my purse, wallet, or cup holder that holds change in my vehicle I drop the extra change in a cookie jar my grandma bought me. Eventually, I take time to cash it all in and it usually buys a few gallons of gas or in my case, pair of shoes, LOL!