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Be aware of your thoughts. Are they helping you with your goals, or are they sabotaging your efforts. You have to be your own best friend...treat yourself as kindly as you would a loved, trusted friend. Build yourself up. Don't waste your time beating yourself up.
I have a lot of wt to lose and I have made it a goal to try something new when I reach a small goal. I set a goal of losing 10lbs a month and when I reach it, I splurge a little, such as trying "paint and sips" at the local winery, traveling to an out of the way fall festival, just tying something new with my twin 15 yr old boys. I have found I really like trying something new or going some place I haven't been . I may even sign up for a local class.
Every time you are done a workout, write what was so great about it on a small piece of paper (e.g. "I felt strong when I ran today"). Then fold the paper and add it to your motivation jar. When you are feeling less motivated, you can reach in and read a few papers to get you pumped up to workout again.
Sprarkcoach taught me the value of staying with it, and to take time to refresh how each day went. Tracking food choices and staying in balance. Also mixing up my exercise even if it is only 5 or 10 minutes at a time.
I like to keep moving. I put some running music on my computer and keep going! If I'm sitting, I'm doing chair exercises, but I don't sit for long and will end up marching in place to the beat of the music! It must be working as I'm down over 30 pounds since July 20th!
I'm going to Vegas next May and have set realistic goals regarding my weight loss with that in mind, but I'm notoriously bad about following through with things. To keep me motivated, I changed the passcode on my phone to a phrase so that every time I use my phone I'm reminded about what I'm working towards .