I have found that setting 1 long range goal and many short range goals that are attainable at different times helps to keep me motivated and excited about what I'm doing.
Reward yourself for each of those goals. I found that telling all my friends on spark people,Facebook etc is a fun way to be proud of my accomplishments. Where I workout, they have a saying, Don't reward yourself with food, your not a dog.
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By having small goals along the way you keep yourself motivated and inspired and that final goal doesn't seem that far away after all
If my run isn't going so well I will change my route so I'm making more turns or direction changes. That way I'm not discouraged by distance. I run "just to the corner" then "just to what ever landmark" I see. Soon enough my run is done and I did the full time I set out to do.
Making goals that are too far out of reach can be debilitating. It is fine to have a long term goal, but create intermediate goals along the path to reaching that long term goal. If your goal is to walk/run a 5K, pick a time to accomplish 1K, and a time to accomplish 2K, and 3K, and 4K. Then it is just a step to reach the 5K goal. I am approaching my 4K goal ahead of schedule.
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