Put money back when you reach a goal: $1 per mile walked, a penny per sparkpoint earned, $10 per pound lost, ect. Use the money to reward yourself for all your hard work! It was suggested in a sparkpeople forum and has been the best thing ever for motivation for me!
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The best way to lose weight is to be kind to yourself. This means treating yourself well: eating healthy foods, exercising that wonderful body you are housed in, and taking care of yourself emotionally, spiritually and financially. It also means you should not berate yourself or beat yourself up when things aren't "perfect." Be as kind to yourself as you would be to your best friend and your own children.
Instead of giving yourself the messages that provide excuses (I'm not an athlete, I'm not the kind of person who loves tofu, I'm not...) give yourself permission to become the person you think you aren't. You are not truly limited by who you are, but by who you think you are not.
I am an athlete. I am successful, consistent, and motivated. I am the kind of person who falls down (a lot), and gets back up every single time.
Then ask yourself - does what I'm doing match who I am?
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