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I use white board erasable markers to write inspiring quotes on my mirror in my bathroom and bedroom. Reading them while looking in the mirror helps me to stay focused and positive when I start to doubt myself!
Celebrate ALL victories no matter how small they are! Even the smallest victories are steps in the right direction. A step in the right direction still leads you further down the path in this journey! By focusing on those small steps you build self confidence and motivation!
When weigh scale numbers are not what I want, when I am tempted to blow my day's calories on food devoid of nutrition, when I feel like giving up while exercising, I think PERSEVERENCE! It's about making the right choices 80 to 90 per cent of the time, and to do that I just need to persevere.
I wake up before him and get the coffee brewing. Spending that 1-2hours with him while he prepares for work is precious. Doing early morning chores together sets the mood for the whole day. He leaves for work with a happy heart and looks forward to meeting me for a swim when he's done with work.
try to measure at least once a week while exercising because sometimes you can't tell you're making much progress without the measurements going down while you exercise. You never know if its muscle you gain or fat you lose.
I take time each day to sit quietly for a few minutes...10 at least, and practice gratitude for any positive conditions, successes, etc. in my life, so that I will not be forced into panic or depression by any perceived failures or shortfalls in moving toward my goals.
The scale is a good way to track your progress and stay honest with yourself, but it can also make you feel like a failure if the numbers aren't just right. Before getting on the scale, take a deep breath and say or think something positive about yourself and your efforts.
I have a journal that I write three positive steps that I took that day towards a healthier lifestyle. Sometimes, it's the only thing that I write in the journal, sometimes I write more. But if I'm ever feeling down or need a reminder on how far I have come, I can look at that journal.