When you detour from your journey, instead of giving up and giving in to all temptations, look at all the progress you have made so far. You don't want to have to work to lose those same pounds all over again. So if you slip up, learn from it and refocus on your accomplishments and your goals.
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I have about 24 "Other Goals" on Spark People. Do I actually accomplish every single goal every day? No! But having so many goals listed there allows me to do two wonderful things: 1) I can read them every day, reminding myself of my ideal day. 2) There are always more than 5 of them that I can honestly check off for having accomplished, thus maximizing my spark points and feeling the glow of accomplishment.
The types of goals this practice is best for are secondary or optional goals. For more important goals, such as exercising, tracking calories, etc. I don't even track them. I just do them.
I have a sedentary job, so to compensate, I make sure to do something physical every two hours. On my morning break, I walk around the parking lot. At lunch, I take a walk around the mall. And on my afternoon break, I will walk up and down the steps for 5 to 10 minutes.
Not only does it do my body good, but having something to look forward to makes the day go by faster.
When I don't feel like working out (6/7 days) I watch a "fitspo" on YouTube, because I know that that's where I want to be! I would love to be able to run for miles and not feel like I'm dying at the end, and being able to sport a bikini and not having to worry if there's a ginormous fat roll on my side. I want to be more than skinny, I want to be healthy, and looking at these women who accomplished that..inspires me.
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