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I find that both positive and negative inspiration has helped me. I have pictures of healthy people I admire at work and one picture of me at my heaviest weight. It reminds me of where I have been and where I want to go. I also keep a picture of myself in my wallet to pull out if I need a reminder.
I have never been a positive person. Lately, I have been focusing on the positive things that have occurred since beginning my healthy lifestyle instead of the negative. This has profoundly changed my outlook in life in general, not just with weight loss and healthy living.
I have really learned that there is nothing wrong with vanity as my motivation. I *know* that I should be motivated by wanting to be healthy, being a better mom, etc... but honestly, embracing my vanity has helped me stay motivated more than anything.
Setbacks are a part of life. Someone will bring in cake for a coworkers birthday. Your special someone will surprise you with dinner out. You'll have to work late. You'll get sick. These things happen. Just because you have an unperfect moment doesn't mean the entire day or week is lost.
I use a motivational picture as my wallpaper on my cell phone. I am reminded of my goals every time I pick up my phone and it is with me where ever I go. My ticker is really going in the right direction since I did this!