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I've used my kitchen timer for years to fool myself into getting started. I set it for one minute, five minutes, etc. and tell myself that I only have to commit myself to whatever it is (exercise, etc.) till the timer rings. I always keep going once I get started!
One of the reasons SparkPeople is so successful for thousands is because we help people find ways to enjoy the adventure! Whether you're working on fitness, nutrition, goal setting or anything else, FIND WAYS TO MAKE IT FUN!
There's a good number of friends I run into only every few weeks or so. Some haven't seen me since last fall--which was 35 pounds ago. I live for that double-take.
Mini-Goals really work! Set a few small mini-goals and see how good you feel when you complete them. Each small goal builds into something bigger and bigger and before you know it you're succeeding at those bigger goals!
Go through all the songs you have on your computer and pick out ones that make you want to lipsync and dance around the room (since they're so much fun). Make a playlist containing those songs and play those while you workout. Don't stop there, keep that list up to date so you don't get bored.
I can't change yesterday, and tomorrow isn't promised, but I can get it right today. I do remember yesterday's victories to build on those, but I avoid looking down the road-it's too far. Today is easy, I can do today right. Get enough today's right and you reach your goal!
You CAN do it! If you didn't think you could, why did you join SP in the first place? Find someone(s) who can help you stay motivated when you are losing hope...whenever I start to get down on myself I remember there are people on this site who lost 100+ pounds...surely I can lose 50!