Friday, January 09, 2009

How do you stay motivated?

It's 8:41am on January 9th and I just finished twenty-two minutes (500 calories) on my elliptical machine. Big deal, right? You should know that I've never lasted this long on a NY resolution, so it is kind of a big deal for me.

I'm trying really hard to keep myself motivated in lots of different ways. I've realized that I'm going to slip (had pizza last night) but it doesn't mean I have to give up. If I just keep plugging along and stay the course more than I detour, I'll eventually get there. Rome wasn't built in a day, right?

Here are some things I'm doing to stay motivated.

1) Breaking out some old pictures of myself. I've propped a few up in the room I workout in.

2)I've watched almost every season of The Biggest Loser. The difference this time is that I'm not eating a big bowl of buttery popcorn and drinking Coke while I'm watching it. I'm already rooting for Tara of the green team. She's going to look amazing by the end of the show. I also found a new show on Lifetime called DietTribe.
It's about five friends losing weight together over ninety days. Their trainer is so smoking hot it is unbelievable. I would hurt myself if I had to weigh myself in front of him. You should check him out. I also like getting on the Biggest Loser website and looking at the before and after pictures of regular people who have been inspired to lose weight. The stories are all so inspirational.

3)Buy something in a smaller size. I've never actually done this before. I guess for fear that I'd be wasting my money. But January usually means sidewalk sales at my local mall and I'm determined to find something really cute and way smaller that hopefully I'll be able to fit into someday.
4)Plan a vacation. Done. Five months from today, I'll be basking in the Florida sun with my three boys. You need serious stamina to traipse around Walt Disney World for a week. I'm working on it.
5)Little incentives. I bribe myself with new books, lotions, and makeup for reaching small goals.

I guess that's about it. I'm hoping the combination of all these things help keep me motivated all through 2009 and beyond. How about you, how do you keep yourself motivated???



Emily Marshall said...

Good luck Steph. Looks like you have a great start and good motivation tools already!

TinaFerraro said...

I'm so proud of you, Steph, and all these steps you are taking. I don't know if I'm the one to talk about motivation 'cause those 25 pounds are finding their way back on me, but I tend to use long power walks for relaxation and stress relief, rather than just exercise, so it's sort of a mind game for me.

sweetmelissa818 said...

Good luck! It's hard to stay motivated. When I was pregnant with my last daughter I was in the hospital for 5 weeks and ended up with 200 pounds on my 5 ft 2 in frame. After 9 months I still have yet to lose it and it's hard, especially as a mom, to have the time AND the motivation. So my best wishes go out to anyone trying!

Natalie Hatch said...

Oh Steph I'm right there with you. There are so many things you can do to motivate yourself but the best thing is to have someone with you to encourage you to keep going. A gym buddy to tell you that yes your bottom does look big in those jeans so do 50 more squats. I'm lucky I have my sister to come with me. We're losing weight for her wedding in April, and so far we're keeping each other on track. I hope you stick with your goal. Just think how great it will feel to be fit again. (Don't worry about the weight, that will come off, focus on fitness goals - like being able to run for 10 minutes without having your body shake apart etc.)
Will keep lurking to see how you're doing.

Thao said...

Good luck to you. I know you can make it with your determination and support from everyone!

Dona Sarkar-Mishra said...

I am SO proud of you Steph! I know you can do it and I cannot wait to see you again!

Heather Davis said...

Good job, Steph! I think the little rewards really help. Your hard work is going to pay off in the end, but it helps to have those treats to stay motivated. :)