How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
I recently joined a local running club. Having payed the annual fee and and stated my commitment to this small group is motivating me to keep going for the runs. Before joining the club, I repeatedly made excuses for not running, since I was not accountable to others.
I find if I write in my blog everyday I've set the tone for the day, I can do this I will do this, It holds me accountable
For some of us the scale is our worst critic, our judge, jury and executioner every time we step on. Instead of focusing on weight lost, focus on healthy habits. Instead of making weight your primary focus, set healthy lifestyle goals.
The way I stay motivated is that I don't give in to discouragement when I don't lose anything! At least I didn't gain!
Setting frequent mini-landmarks to celebrate keeps me moving steadily forward -- the next one never seems very far away: each 5 lbs lost, each 5% lost, each 0 or 5 passed on the scale, etc.
One of the ways I reward myself for going to the gym is by having nice shower gel. At home, I just use some cheap basic stuff. At the gym, I indulge with some Dove stuff that smells nice.
One way to continue to have and increase motivation is rewarding yourself for getting Sparkpoints. I give myself 1 penny per point I get. At the end of a month, I usually have $15 by receiving 1500 points in the night. This reward gives me motivation to come to the site daily and earn points.
Collar bone surfacing, wrist bones prominant, ribs surfacing, oh my gosh I have jaw bones too! More and more bones just keep me going and going! Horray for these new discoveries~ :o)
When you feel your motivation waning, go clothes shopping. You'll either be pleasantly surprised at what size you fit into, or you will see how far you still have to go to reach your goals. A little reality check, either positive or negative, can be a good thing and really keep you motivated.