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No matter how much pain I am in, I know that the only thing that is going to help me feel better is to get up and move. As I am moaning and groaning as I move across the room, I make that special effort to do my stretches and warm up for that work out I know is going to make me feel much better inside and outside.
So I saw this a while back and it made perfect sense (not to mention it helped me fight cravings!). Basically, you keep on eating healthy. Every time you get a craving, write it down. Then one day per week you get to choose ONE of the things that you craved. Usually what happens is that by the time your off day rolls around, the craving is gone. Yet, if there is something I just MUST have for whatever reason I know I will get to have it at some point which kills the deprivation aspect of eating healthy.
If you find you have a hard time finding the motivation to workout on your scheduled days or just at all try this! Buy a calender and put it up in your room or where you would like. Write you workout schedule on there, go do it, and when you come back put a smiley face showing how completing that workout made you feel. The next time you feel like skipping a work out look at the smiley face and it will remind you how good you felt after finishing it. And why skip something that makes you happy? :)
I seem to lose when I have a friend I admire doing well in losing . It helps me believe if she can do it, so can I. It makes me feel light, happy, encouraging. Things do not motivate me, people do. I eat smaller portions, that seems the only tool I can do for any length of time.
I know the importance of creating specific, measurable, time-limited goals. However, it is important to reevaluate the goals when they are not working well to give yourself a break when you do not meet them. For example, working full time &working on my masters, I realized that I did not have time to exercise 5 times a week but still made time for 3. Also, when I became busy with a paper and did not exercise, I did not give up but went back to exercising. It is important to be kind to yourself.