How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
I am documenting my weight loss with photos. Every month I take a picture of myself so that when I reach my goal I can fan the pictures together to see my progress.
Since I'm very much an "out of sight, out of mind" person, I try to do 2 things:
1) keep unhealthy foods, negative thinking "out of sight"
2) keep healthy foods, uplifting quotes, motivating items, helpful books/magazines, etc. "in sight"
Daily visual reminders really help me stay on track...
Get those around you during the day (friends, co-workers) to get on board and motivate each other for simple exercise!
A good motivator for me is realizing that the A1C test covers the last three months, so any overeating will be reflected in the test results.
At first this seemed impossible to do, but as I record my steps and they are steps, noticing that seems easier and starting to look forward to walking and making little steps to exercise.
I try to keep my fat intake at no more than 45-50 grams per day, and my calories to about 1000, also I try to keep moving, even throughout the house about my daily chores, instead of walking to go from room to room, I like to do a little jog to get from place to place, my room, the bathroom etc..
I don't act like a heavy person trying to lose weight. I act like the weight I want to be, meaning I visualize what that person eats, how much they eat, and how they exercise. I consider the things they would or wouldn't do and act accordingly. It keeps my process forward thinking.
I start each day by asking G-d to give me the desire and willingness to eat properly. I end the day by thanking Him for the help He provided. Taking a minute to stop and pray keeps me humble and helps me avoid "I can do it by myself" syndrome.
When first starting, it really helps to have a friend to exercise with. My friend and I decided we'd walk at 1:30 every day. We'd only call if we couldn't make it. We both agreed we were walking much more often because we were afraid to let the other one down, and we felt guilty if we cancelled.
I steer away from the attitude "I'll be glad when this is over!) by reminding myself that it is not a diet, it is a change in lifestyle. It's forever. AND I'm not giving up the "goodies" forever - I'm not giving them up at all. I'm just saying "later" and/or "less."