I used the alarm function on my phone to remind me a few times per day (specific to each day of the week) to track my food & exercise. After a while I only remind myself with my wake up alarm. When I get off track, I go back on the reminders. It's like a nagging mother!
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Motivation is not something you have or don't nor does it run out. Motivation is the result of daily effort to do the things that help you stay focused, relaxed and positive. So keep a folder of motivational articles/blogs/success stories where you can read them again and again, create visual reminders of your goals, track food, exercise, blog, make some me-time, find a hobby, set up a support network, do anything and everything it takes every single day. Chose to be motivated, do your part!
Use a spreadsheet to track your budget and spending!
If you create a spreadsheet on your computer, you can track your spending from month to month and create charts that could help you better see how your spending habits change over time. This is also a great way to keep track of balances on credit cards if you are working on clearing up credit debt!
When I set up my Goal Board, one of the little banners that pops up is "I want to reduce the stress in my life." It is a daily reminder that in addition to taking care of my fitness and eating habits, I also need to have plans that help me deal with emotional and mental stress. It makes me feel more in control and empowered to change negative situations that arise. I am a much more calm and happy person with that simple reminder every day.
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