Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tips for Staying Motivated


So, I've been trying to think of ideas to help us stay motivated.
We have a money reward at the end, now what else can we do?
Here are a few ideas I found/thought of:

Write a contract with yourself, and be specific. Don't just say "I will lose weight" say how. 
Here are some examples:

"I will walk every morning for 15 minutes, even if I feel too tired to get out of bed"
"I will drink water, and only rarely have sugary drinks"
"I will stay away from high-Fructose corn syrup, aspartame and other dangerous ingredients in what I consume"
"I will eat all my serving of veggies and fruits a day (or at least the veggies :-)"

After you wrote your goals/contract, sign it and leave it on the fridge, or somewhere you will see often.

Some other ideas include:

Keeping a journal to track your progress
Work out first thing in the morning so you can't procrastinate it (This is something I may need to do)
Focus on little goals and slowly increase what you want to do. Also reward yourself every step of the way
Take before and after photos (These photos will be just for you, so they don't need to be good. Take pics of problem areas so you can see how they've improved.)
Watch fitness shows (there's something about watching other people workout that makes me want to).
When tempted to buy "junk food" read the label and try to find out what every ingredient is, and how it affects you -knowing all the unhealthy things will make it less appealing (I don't like doing this)
Start acting like an athletic person. This sounds weird, but lie to yourself and say "I'm athletic, I'm athletic." Think about it: What do athletic people do? What are their lifestyles like? What do they eat? What do they not eat? What do they drink? What do they do in their spare time? How much of a priority do they put on exercise? When do they exercise? Now it's time to live the lie.Eventually you'll believe it 
Only do hobbies while exercising (at least the hobbies that allow for working out while doing it) Want to watch T.V, listen to an audio book, talk on the phone or listen to music? Here's the deal you can make with yourself: you can only do those things, if you're working out while doing it. 
Work out with someone (this helps a lot)
Tell someone your goals, and report to them on how you're doing (this helps a lot too)
Reward yourself with new clothes at the end of our 3 months :-)

So, that's what I found and thought of! I hope some of these help.
Does anyone else have any ideas?

5 comments:

Helena on September 1, 2010 at 11:47 AM said...

These are awesome ideas.

And the best part? I don't have to figure out any more challenges. Because these ones rock.

Annie on September 1, 2010 at 6:03 PM said...

Thank you for that!! Awesome!!! Now just follow me around all day and keep me in line.

Helena on September 1, 2010 at 6:13 PM said...

Yeah chantel, you can alternate days between following around Annie, and following around me.

Erika on November 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM said...

great tips!! thinking like an athletic person definitely helps!

viewfromdownhere on November 9, 2010 at 5:37 PM said...

I am totally down for buying new clothes!

I like working in the a.m., too because I find that I talk myself out of it by the end of the day.

Thanks, Helena, for linking up!

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Annie, age 29

About Annie

With everything I am responsible for at home, my ridiculous work schedule and my health problems, it makes it hard to keep working out on the front burner. But when I heard about this blog, I thought 'why not!'. I'm excited to get started and hopefully I won't die of exhaustion when this is all over!

Heléna, age 26

About Helena

I can't fit into my clothes! After getting married and being forced to eat my own cooking, I started gaining weight. The desk job didn't really help. I gained 30 lbs in the past year, and I can really feel it when I try to get dressed in the morning. I am really good at starting diet and exercise programs; but really bad at finishing them. And that's all about to change...

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