You need to reward yourself for following your exercise plan faithfully. I use an expensive body wash ($55 Bvlgari) when I exercise for an hour. Not half an hour, but a whole hour. Then it doesn't matter what the scale says - because I worked out faithfully! Half an hour gets me a shower with dial
Taking that first step is always the hardest but remember that it's just one step at a time. Make each step become a habit, a part of your life. Soon, you'll be surprised at how easy it becomes.
Have a specified amount directly taken out a your paycheck each payday. Let it be small or large. You will never remember seeing or missing it and you will save something each month.
once you have the Spark tools, take your time and really LEARN how to do things!! Baby steps lead to huge goals met!!
I stay positive by posting different quotes around the house and office.
some of my go to ones are....
Fall seven times, get up eight." - Japanese Proverb
"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams
When your motivation gets low, sit down & make a list of everything you are gaining by continuing to work towards your goal. And make it personal: Great health; no medical bills; can play w/the kids; look great; run w/o getting winded; get a date; dance; make friends jealous, etc.
If you create a spreadsheet on your computer, you can track your spending from month to month and create charts that could help you better see how your spending habits change over time. This is also a great way to keep track of balances on credit cards if you are working on clearing up credit debt!
When I just have to have something sweet, I tell myself to wait just 5 minutes. Most of the time when the 5 minutes rolls around I have forgotten that I wanted it.
i find that the easiest way to keep me on track is planning all the food i am going to eat for the day on Spark-BEFORE i start eating. i then go back the next morning to fix anything that was different.