How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?
If you like..
* ice cream, find a healthier version (I like Dreyer's double churned no sugar added)
* fried chicken, find a baked version that you like
* high salt & fat snacks, try salted dry roasted edamame
There are always better options!
I visualize me doing more things by loosing this weight and decreasing the pressure/stress that I have already put on my knees. "Baby steps"..slow and steady, if I mess up..no time to beat myself up about it.. get back on task.
Instead of thinking "Oh I'm on a diet I have to starve myself or eat foods I dont like " Stop ! Eat everything you like within moderation and stick too it ! And make sure you have a treat once a week to celebrate your recent success and this will then motivate you to carry on your diet the next week...
I find that breaking down my BIG goals into smaller, bite-sized mini goals helps me keep going. Whether it's losing a large amount of weight or aiming to run a marathon, I can wrap my head around smaller goals (5 pounds, running a mile) that are steps towards the big ones.
I use positive affirmations that I write in a notebook and say out loud as I write them. This helps keep me positive as well as helping to keep me motivated. If I forget a day, I start over writing again the very next day. Feels better.
I tell myself i don't have to give anything up. It all depends on how to group foods together and portion control. Now, i actually have sort of given things up because they are not worth using up all my fat or carbs for. but i tell myself i can eat them IF i want - i just don't want to anymore.
The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron. Reading success stories or motivational books can inspire you to get started, give you ideas or help keep you on track.
when i over eat, i don't give up. i go back my healthy eating habits. i know i can't give up.
Instead of being downhearted about the past or the present, focus on small or big positive events that will happen today, tomorrow, next month, or even in the years to come. Don't limit yourself to weight loss/gain events. Having something exciting to look forward to always keeps me pumped!