How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
I've decided to keep a picture of me last Christmas. I'm not happy with the way I look! So, change it! Off to workouts I go!
Sure, that big prize for getting to your goal's great - but its not much help day-to-day.
Set mini-rewards. For instance, if I spend 20 minutes a day on cardio and 10 on weights at the gym, I get a 15 minute sauna. If I go a week without eating fatty foods, I get to go out to a movie or play.
At times we want to just EAT but if you tune in you will find, you really are not hungry for food. We can be hungry for love,laughter, peace or adventure.Before you go to your fridge, grab a pen & paper & write your feelings out. Your craving will diminish & you will find what ur really hungry for.
I wear a thin bangle bracelet on my right wrist. (Guys could use a string or rubber band.) When I reach for something to eat, it's a visual reminder of my goal. It can alert me when I'm mindlessly picking at something, or going for a second portion.
Whenever I am overwhelmed about "how long this is going to take," I tell myself, "Just for the rest of today."
When I have a day when I don't feel like exercising and I really want to over indulge in food, ALL my good intentions can easily get pushed by the wayside. If I force myself to do a little thing, it keeps me closer to getting back on track.
Positive self-talk - "I am a winner. I am absolutely determined to achieve my aims. I am steadfast and and persistent in the pursuit of my goals, and I will not give up"
Create, save and share momentos of the journey: pictures, blog entries, charts, etc... From time to time, look back on them and savor your successes and progress. Look forward to being able to record, save and share future successes.
I have my desktop set with a collage of pictures I made including people I admire, inspirational quotes, activities I want to improve in, and the body I want to have. It helps me remember each time WHY I am trying to lose weight :)
I don't weigh myself anymore. In the past it either made me feel so happy that I gave up because I felt I didn't need to be careful anymore or gave up because I thought it was useless. I can't deal with the numbers anymore so I just keep eating healthy and exercising.