How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
I have lots of friends & co-workers who ask me for tips on being successful w/ weight loss. Of course, I tell them about SP and encourage them to check the site out. Then to help them w/ their own fitness, instead of treats, I give them day passes to my gym for birthday or holiday gifts!
Stay-at-home moms and dads, get dressed and get your sneakers on first thing in the morning. I get so much more done when I've got my running shoes on. Even if I don't find enough time to do planned exercise, the housework I get done makes up for it!
Organize a group weight loss or fitness challenge. For example, me and my sister just organized a family weight loss challenge that begins soon. The person who loses the most weight in x amount of time, is the winner! This is a great way to get positive support & get healthy!
Make a list of all the reasons why you want to lose weight and read it every day.
often when I am hit with the urge to snack, I can stop it in it's tracks by coming on line and either posting or reading posts....it side tracks me and usually it motivates me to stay on track!
Most frustrations we feel while trying to lose weight, we bring upon ourselves: a bad day eating, a missed day of exercise - we think of it as having "blown it" and get frustrated. Which tends to lead to giving up and failure. I can't say it enough -we're human, we're expected to have bad days.
My "Thinning Friends" & I imagine there is a sign on treats saying "For Chubby Girls Only". We take the time to remind one another that it is there. If it is something especially tempting later is a more harsh sign reading "If you STILL want this you must WANT to be chubby." We don't.
Playing trivia is another way of learning about staying on a healthier path and it sets your mind in a healthy thought pattern making the day easier to progress.
To encourage yourself to stick with a new healthy habit, start a streak. It'll help remind you and keep you excited to do the task.
I find it helps me fend off temptation if I brush my teeth as soon as I have finished my planned meal. I hate the mixture of taking another bite of food after I have brushed my teeth, so it usually keeps me away from the sweets.