How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
I have tried to change my mindset and reward myself with non-food rewards. I have set some goals including kg lost and lenght of commitment to the sparkpeople program. I then chose some small and big rewards to go along with them that do not relate to food but my healthy lifestyle.
Staying positive and looking for the bright sides makes my day much easier. Besides it makes people wonder what's up
When I get discouraged or when I just feel "blah", I read blogs that encourage me to continue to keep on keeping on. I may have to change something that I'm doing or not doing, but I will make a change and usually that change is just a positive change in my attitude.
Tell the dog "let's go for a walk!" If he's like mine, he'll sit there and dutifully remind you to go until you snap that leash on. I did this last night, he sat and stared at me. Every time I got up, he got excited. So to please my dog, we went for a walk. BTW, he even knows what later means.
I have tried to diet alone many times, and although many times I would lose some weight... I never had the motivation to keep going. I feel the success I have had THIS time is from finding a great Spark Team with likeminded people to push me to greater challenges and encourage me when it gets hard!
If you wait to feel motivated before you start, or if you stop every time you feel unmotivated, you'll never get there! What you need is PLANNING and ROUTINE. Plan like you're going to be healthy today, don't wait and see whether you feel like it.
Just like a car, before you start your day....stretch. Something that simple can make you feel great and motivated. Not to mention, it's a nice morning greeting to your body to take on the day.
It's easy to lose motivation in this journey; especially when you work hard and don't see the results you want or you get off track for a day or two. The important thing is to not give up on yourself. None of us are a hopeless case. When things get tough just take it one baby step at a time.
Remember that your health has an affect on more that just you. When you feel like giving up, think of the other people who also want you to reach your goal: spouse, children, family, friends... They want you to succeed so you can be happy, and play a longer, healthier role in their lives as well.
Going to bed earlier helps me stay away from food. I eat dinner early and instead of staying up when I really am tired, I prepare my menu for the next day then have a leisurely bedtime ritual: bath, stretching, personal care and read. By then, I am tired and get a good night's sleep!