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Just discovered stickers. I have a monthly calendar that every day I exercise, I put a sticker on the day. It is encouraging to see when you can go for different lengths of consistent stickers. And sometimes, it even encourages me to do it when I don't fell like it, just to keep a streak going.
I am the type of person that just can not drink plain water, I don't care how cold it is. I have a large water bottle (24 oz.)that I got from my mother in law for my birthday, and I add a packet of Propel Fitness Water to it 3 times a day.
I find that just creating a group of friends on spark-- who you can root for and who you know have your back-- is the BEST part of my success. Because sometimes you need to be accountable to more than just yourself, and sometimes you want to inspire that friend who *really* needs it.
Surrounding myself with friends who share my goals of healthy living and enjoy the activities I'm trying to include in my week really keeps me on track. We keep each other accountable and we challenge each other in training...and we get to race and celebrate together afterwards!
The first thing is to know that you have a problem, when you figure that out, get determined to change the problem. I couldn't do without SP. Anther website I like to go to is www.cozi.com. There I can write a to do list and mark off when I've done it. Then see the results of your progress.
Pick some successful people, to see what makes them that way. Pick some struggling people, to offer support. Pick some funny people, because laughter is good medicine. The more you read, the more connected you feel. The more you comment, the more connected they feel.
I find that motivation starts waning if I do not treat it as its own muscle group. I need to schedule workouts for my motivation, determination and mental strength, just like I would schedule cardio, stretching or strength training.
One of the biggest things Ive learned is to take things one day at a time! Sometimes even one hour/minute at a time! Some days we may have to trudge or crawl to get through the day. The key is to NEVER GIVE UP and each day/hour is another chance to do things better than the day/hour before!
I am finding doing Wii fit plus yoga in my own routine each morning helps wake up the cobwebs in my mind and get me motivated to seize the day! I try to mix up poses and some strength exercise in "my routine" to keep thing interesting and longer or shorter durations.