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what's your one thing that keeps you on track daily?

So I am getting closer to my goal weight . I have about 8 pounds to go, I have lost 25 lbs . I was wondering what tricks or tips you might have as to what keeps you going daily for your goal. I have been just continually thinking about the end result like how I will feel in my old clothes the onses that use to fit, I just was curious as to what others use..thanks

Wed. Jan 6, 10:13pm

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Using the buddy system. Tell someone like a friend your goals. Someone who is interested in how you will do. Just by telling someone you put yourself on the spot, and are more likely to succeed.

Thursday, January 07, 2010, 2:03 AM

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Lots of old clothes!!!! i have tons of awesome stuff in my closet that i've kept to remind me of what i once was and can get back to!
Also, buddy system is great. Im naturally competitive, so having a buddy who is loosing wight to spurs me on. I cant be lazy beacuse i know she will get ahead of me!! And we cant have that now can we?? ;)

Thursday, January 07, 2010, 2:32 AM

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logging onto PT everyday!!

Thursday, January 07, 2010, 7:46 AM

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A co-worker and I joined the gym together and meet m-t at 6 am for classes. I get up a lot easier if I know someone is counting on me to be there. Now that we are going on a regular basis, I feel so much better through the day. If I skip a day, I feel horrible. We encourage each other.

Thursday, January 07, 2010, 9:02 AM

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OP here

Thanks love the buddy system. I appreciate the thought . I know it is good here but there is no contact or should I say personal contact so I will find someone in my daily life, but I will keep those skinny jeans out as well.

Thursday, January 07, 2010, 2:19 PM

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I want to look good in a bathing suit when we go out in the boat this summer. Also, I need to set an example for my college-age daughter who has no concept of health. I can't preach it if I don't practice it!

Thursday, January 07, 2010, 3:26 PM

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Set new goals. Now that you have lost 25lbs and are probably doing things which you weren't doing before. So set some new life goals that will push you out of your current comfort zone, particualry those goals that you have secretly wished/dreamed of achieving. For me, to keep my weight at a certain number or to do something just so "I look good," just ain't motivating enough to keep it up longer. So, dig a little deeper and make a list of things that you have always want to do with your life. Then, circle the ones which are health related and draw out a plan.

Thursday, January 07, 2010, 4:30 PM

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Beck Diet Solution is doing a great job of keeping my motivation high.. here are some tips from it:

1) Make a list of why you want to lose weight. Read it twice a day. Don't skip the reading it twice a day. In fact, 2 times a day is the minimum. More than 2 if you need the extra motivation.

2) Tell yourself "If I eat that I'll enjoy 30 seconds of pleasure and will feel guilty immediately after".

3) If you managed to resist in the previous step tell yourself "I'm glad I didn't eat that".

4) NEVER eat standing up. Always sit down.

5) Make goals *AND* tell other people about them. Especially the kind of person(s) who will ask you "How's that going?? How are you doing with that??"

6) Buy the book. These are just a few things off the top of my head and I don't have the book in front of me right now. I am not a nutrition expert nor am I a doctor.. but I have read a lot about the science of cognitive behavioral therapy for non-dieting related issues. I've talked to psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and psychology degree graduates about the topic and they've all agreed that it's an AMAZING branch of science. So when I learned there was a CBT dieting book I went straight to the bookstore and bought it and it has not been a disappointment.

All that stuff aside.. my latest and greatest weight loss tip is FIBER in the form of apples, leafy green salads, psyllium or flax powder in water 15 minutes before I eat, fruit, veggies, and lots of water. I am NEVER hungry. I actually get laughed most mornings when people see me walking in to work with a grocery bag full of food for the day.

Sunday, January 10, 2010, 10:08 PM

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Going to the gym keps me on track. As long as I get my workout in - everything else falls in line. When I don't go to the gym I'm more likely to slip in other areas as well.

Monday, January 11, 2010, 10:41 AM

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Logging into peertrainer.

Friends/ co workers would get tired REALLY fast if all I talked about the foods I was choosing to consume. Struggles I have. How I exercised.

But members of my groups/team go through the same things EVERY DAY.

We share here and live our life with more ease. It is wonderful not to feel as if I am the only one who struggles.

Monday, January 11, 2010, 8:50 PM

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My motivation is that I want to look good this summer in a bikini, I haven't worn one for the last 10 years, since I was in high school.

And then my most recent motivator, which probably isn't real emotionally healthy was finding out that my boyfriend used to date a stripper. I'm not in horrible shape, but I sure don't look that good, which is a great motivator to work out instead of sitting around being lazy.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 9:35 AM

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I love thinking about how my husband looks at me when my body looks good. So when we go out and we walk by another hot girl, i have enough confidence in myself to think that i look just as good as her, or even better. When im tired i just think of these things and this pushes me to keep going!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 9:53 AM

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thanks to all the comments I think it's important to see how others succeed. I do use this site of course daily and yet can relate to so many of the other ideas bathing suits, image in hubby's eyes. so thanks for all the imput...I will reread the beck suggestion I have heard of it but never in such detail so thanks for taking the time to reply it is all helpful
Happy goal setting , OP

Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 10:01 AM

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Oooh! Good thread any more ideas?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 9:13 PM

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Is there anyone out there that is having problems setting up a buddy system? Those close to me just don't understand what i'm going through as they don't need to lose weight.....they care but they don't understand and i almost feel like they are so sick and tired of listening to me complain about my lack of success losing weight(for almost 20 years)....i know its more me... i feel like a burden and feel they must think "here we go again!" I know this has contributed to me giving up the countless amounts of times that i have.

Thursday, January 14, 2010, 11:05 AM

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the old me I put my FAT picture of me 77lbs heavier on the fridge especially when I am in the ice cream binging mood!

Thursday, January 14, 2010, 9:17 PM

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