Make sure your mind is in the right place before you start. If you aren't really ready, all your efforts won't matter. Also, take a before photo of yourself and put it somewhere prominent. That is the best motivation!
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One of the most helpful techniques is offering yourself a dual..a challenge...friendly competition!!! When you're feeling like you're in an exercise rut, play mind games with yourself. There was plenty of times that my old chunky self told my new almost fit self, "I bet you can't, I bet you won't, You can't do that, You don't have the stamina, You don't have the energy NOR the flexibility!!!" The reply was/IS always, "I CAN SHOW YOU BETTER THAN I CAN TELL YOU!"216
Wear a pedometer daily - you'll be surprised how much walking you do during your everyday daily activities. At the end of the day, check to see how close you are to the 10,000 steps-a-day point, and then go for a walk! Play mind games on yourself to get as many steps as you can each day.
Play the "I'm just gonna" mind game with yourself! There's something about breaking seemingly big tasks into small bites and then giving myself permission to stop that gives me power to push through... sometimes, the bigger the task the smaller the bites!
I've planned on a walk but don't feel like it.. so I say "I'm just gonna put on my shoes and if I still don't feel like it I won't go".. once I get my shoes on I say "I'm just gonna get my keys and walk out the door and if I want to come back in, I will"... before I know it I'm just enjoying myself!
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