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Every time you are down, get back up and don't give up. Always remember that you are worth it and you deserve it. Don't let mistakes get you down because everyone makes them but it how you deal with them that shows what kind of person you are!
If i am thinking that i really want that and my brain is fighting back and forth with myself, i just say out loud "No Teresa, you don't need or want that!" and then saying it out loud helps motivate me to walk away!! =) Does that make me crazy?!
Whether it's on paper or on the computer I've found it's the best motivator ever. First in one colour draw a line from your weight to your goal weight. In a different colour plot your weight every week. You can either track highs and lows or only track when you have lost weight - it's up to you, but it is so nice to see that line going down steadily!
I set myself a goal of 2 pounds per week. I made a graph to show where I would be each week if I lost 2 pounds. then I logged my weight each day and put it on my graph. Usually I am below the 2 pound loss line and even if I gain a bit I still stay below the line. This helps me cope with those small gains as my 2 pound line shows me the big picture.
I find that starting New Year Resolutions a few days early makes it easier to stick with them. Knowing that you have already started removes some of the pressure from the "D" Day of January 1st, plus you have already proved to yourself that you could stick with healthy habits for a few days.
I subscribe to SP Radio podcasts and listen to it on my way to work. This helps me to stay motivated to get up from my desk occasionally and take a walk and say no to the donuts and candy that always makes its way into the office.
I love company and I think it is great for me to verbalize my commitment to something so I like to take my "thing" and make it public. For example, today I shared infused water "Because I know I have to drink 8 glasses a day but is hard to stay focused but this pitcher makes it easy and it's delicious!" WooHoo everyone is drinking their water and talking about it. Next?