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How do you keep motivated??

I've been trying to lose my pregnancy fat for over a year now...the thing is I never really had to worry about my weight before I was one of those people who could eat pretty much what ever and not really gain. I keep starting dieting and excersing but it only last a week or so, I keep saying I all the reasons I am doing it and I've tried things like rewarding my self but nothings working. What do you do?

Wed. Apr 16, 12:36am

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I've been using the beck diet solution. It's a 6 week cognitive process that helps one adjust the way they think. It's actually been a great help. Health is all about a lifestyle. If interested, there are teams on here that follow beck, also the book can be found on amazon.com for real cheap.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 1:28 AM

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Oh, forgot, a great and usefull tip in the book is to post your reasons for losing around your house and car etc..... I love this because I see my response card when I wake up and when I get out of the shower since I have one posted on my bathroom mirror. I also have pictures of me when I was smaller(where I want to be) on the walls which helps too.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 1:30 AM

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H-A-B-I-T

Exercise every day (exept one) and change one major daily diet habit (like breakfast) and just stick to it. A few simple healthy habits can be easier to maintain and then you do them without even thinking or struggling to motivate yourself...you just find that that is what you are doing.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 9:58 AM

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Food

I am at my goal weight, I exercise 6 days / week, and am very healthy. For the days that I don't feel like going to the gym, I remind myself that I can eat as much of the pizza that we order on that Friday night, or I can have dessert when the urge strikes me, because I have a healthy lifestyle, am active, I burn it off.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 1:16 PM

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Training for something, like a triathlon keeps me motivated.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 8:24 PM

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Rewards, like shopping for cute, smaller sized clothing!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 9:11 PM

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Results are what keep me motivated.
Knowing there is still so much more that I want to experience and loss of weight is the way to get there.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 11:05 PM

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Keeping a journal

I keep a journal in which I record how I feel, what I am going through, and how the changes I have made help me feel better. Having a written record is helpful because when I feel crappy and unmotivated all I have to do is pick up the journal and there are reminders of why I do what I do...

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 3:28 AM

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Type it up !

Type out & print off your basic diet and workout plan and post it where you can see it then stick to it.

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 1:44 PM

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I agree training for something helps me. I am not that into running but find it to be the best workout - so after a few month of just aimlessly running on a treadmill at the same old pace I signed up for a 5K which 1. gave me motivation just to workout and then 2. also motivated me to push myself with my workout. Now that I have done the 5K I am going to do a 10K to just keep me motivated. I don't think this will turn into marathons as I have a bum knee but it is exciting to have something to work towards.
Also, mixing it up helps a lot. I just started mountain biking and so i am excited to try new trails, practice my techniques, challenge myself with more technical trails, etc.
Finally, my dog. She loves hiking more than anything in the world. I feel terrible if I don't get her out on a hike at least once a week. If I have some time to kill at the house (I have no TV to distract me) then I take her on a walk. Might as well right?
Being active has turned more into a lifestyle than a chore.

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 2:25 PM

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