(Closed) How do you motivate yourself?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My wedding is now my motivator but I’ve always worked out.  How long have you been trying to loose weight?  Typically, if you can stay at watching what you’re eating and working out for two weeks, that you have crossed a huge hurdle and going to the gym will become easier and a part of your routine.

What about setting up mini-goals for yourself that are easier to attain.  Once you hit one, you then strive for another, hit that one, strive for the next.  This way, it’s not like a goal that is 6 months from now.

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Also…what about weight watchers?  I know this works because my mom lost 20 lbs in 6 months!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You may laugh, but my current motivation is money.

The dress that I currently want is a “woman’s” size at David’s Bridal, which means it’s about $200 more than the no-woman’s size (plus vs. non-plus size). I am only about two inches away from fitting in the 16 of the non-plus size (and I hope to lose more). I am going to literally try and work my booty off!!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I force myself to workout.  Force.  I eat my largest meal at around 10-2 so shortly thereafter I work it off and the protein drink afterwards.  And, well, if I DON’T work out then I know I overate.  So I guess that is the motivation…

Post # 8
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Helper bee

My motivation is the photo shoot I’m doing for our 1yr anniversary.

He gets the racy photos, I get the motivation to make those pictures something i’m really proud of.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I am the kind of girl that needs a deadline, so I write it out on the calendar discretely, like at the end of the week I want to have lost 1.5 pounds, and writing it makes it concrete for me.

And then… oh this is so embarassingly childish, but it works for me so it might work for you… I use stickers. Yes, stickers. I get a sticker on the calendar for cardio and a different sticker for resistance training. Then when I see the calendar filling up with stickers I get proud of myself and it motivates, like a little kid “Gold star for me!” quite literally. Right now I have little flowers for cardio and a little car for strength (stems look skinny, therefore cardio in my mind, and cars are strong, therefore strength).

Ok, that is enough crazy embarassing talk πŸ™‚ hope to have helped you while sacrificing any pride that I previously had!

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I do stickers, too!  Hahaha, I’m glad I’m not the only one.  I know it’s silly, but getting to put a big puppy sticker on the workout calendar is a big motivator for me, especially since the days that don’t get stickers are SO obvious.  I don’t want visitors coming to my house to see a whole string of days where there are no stickers since I feel like it looks conspicuous.

I also signed up for a race, and I know if I don’t work out, I won’t be successful.  So kicking butt and finishing my race is another big motivator…and the thought of all those wedding-type photos, of course!  E-pics, boudoir, and wedding photos are all coming up eventually so I’d better get moving!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I can’t believe I didn’t think about using stickers! I love stickers! haha πŸ™‚ Like @artichokesalad, I force myself. I say, I HAVE to run today. Even if it’s 10pm. I am doing it for the wedding, so that is ultimately the motivation. But I still dread it.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

@BunnyBrideToBe and justeen: thank you for making me feel a little less crazy πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My motivation before the wedding was looking hot at my wedding!  Now I just want to look hot lol.  I would love to by some cute smaller clothes though!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It’s so hard because most of the rewards I would want to give myself are food related, like, treating us out to a nice sushi dinner! Or something. I agree that my wedding was my motivation before, and now my motivation is just staying at my current weight, or at least, not getting to the weight I was at before. How about a trip or something? Could you plan a weekend getaway for when you reach your goal weight? Trips and food are my two favorite things to spend money on.

Or how about a spa-type service, like a nice massage, facial, or whatever?

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m going to chime in a bit late here…Could you look for activities that you could enjoy. My apartment complex had a small workout area and though I wanted to work out I seriously hated the treadmill and everything else there. So I joined a rock climbing gym and I love it. I also found some dance classes that I attend every once in while.

As far as diet goes, I’ve started weighing myself at the pharmacy counter of supermarket as soon as I walk in. If I see that I’ve lost a pound, I want to keep it that way so I stay away from the peanut butter ice cream.

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@sweetpea1031: I love the stickers idea! I think I might have to go out tomorrow and buy myself some of those shiny star stickers to put on my calendar. πŸ™‚

 

My main motivation comes from my wedding, but the big part is my clothes. I love fashion, and since I’ve gotten bigger one of the hardest things has been having to shop in plus size stores, and finding cute clothes that aren’t in my size or just don’t look right on a larger girl. I’m hoping that once I slim down, I can put the skinny jeans back on!

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