How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
I knew when I started this weight loss journey,many people would be watching to see...and I'm HAPPY to say one of my friends just joined!!! But what I see is the greatest impact is on my family!We Sparkers are involved in ALOT of HARD WORK!!! Tracking our food,nutrition,keeping motivated,
I have a friend with health issues that have not slowed her down. Her positive outlook on life is what makes me know I can keep going and get back in shape. Not to mention her personal challenge.
When I leave encouraging tips or remarks for others, I find myself motivated to do likewise for myself. It's the old "what goes around, come around" and it becomes mutual support.
This fits in with my schedule because I workout after work...but when I have trouble with evening snacking I shower. It gets me out of the kitchen, breaks a snacking pattern, and seeing all those parts of myself I'm trying to shrink is a good dose of motivation!
When I try to fix things on my own, I almost always fail but when I humble myself and reach out to others, I find that some of the time the answer lies within someone else.
Plan an activity that is not around a meal. Seems that each time my extended family gets together, its always to eat....lunch, dinner or dessert...this weekend we are going shopping then for a walk around the lake..
I don't want my grands to ever remember a fat grandma. My newest grandson was born yesterday and twins coming in August, keeps me focused on getting as healthy as I can be and not being tempted to go back to the 300 pounds I use to be
Work on the "little" things for they are the building blocks of all your bigger things - the ones you measure.
Get yourself a good friend to talk to and also make sure she tells you your thoughts and your faults
I try to take note of when I've replaced a bad habit with a good one or removed a bad habit altogether. This way when the scale doesn't move I can remember that my goal is fundamentally overall health, and the weight loss will come.