How to Stay Motivated

Vegas before….

and after!

The After picture was taken last summer in Vegas. I was the skinniest I’d ever been. I gained about 15 pounds this last year. I hate it. I felt like a failure after losing 110 pounds! Part of it is muscle because I really changed my work out routine this year (added a weight program and started running). The main part of that is medication I took for a year. It was nasty stuff. I’m off it now and hope the weight starts to come back off. I want to get back to that Vegas weight.

I think most people start exercise/diet programs with the best intentions but it’s difficult to stay motivated. Here are a few tips I’ve learned along the way:
*Listen to music while at the gym. Or talk radio. I recorded a few radio shows I liked but couldn’t hear at work and it helped me stay on that elliptical machine longer.
*A few gyms now have mini television screens attached to the machines. I’ve been known to get sucked into an HGTV program and all of a sudden I’ve been on the treadmill for an hour!
*Choose an exercise that you enjoy.
*Get a buddy! Having someone to work out with keeps you motivated because it’s fun and you’re accountable to each other.
….And the most important for ME:
*Have achievable goals!

Achievable goals are less overwhelming. Want to run a marathon? How about making your goal to run a half marathon instead? It’s less stressful and overwhelming. Sometimes when I run, I start to feel overwhelmed, tired, or bored and want to stop. I tell myself, “I’ll just run to that next light post” and once I get there, I usually keep going. 🙂

While I was losing weight, it helped immensely to have goals and specific dates to reach my weight loss. Here is an example:
1. I wanted to lose 50 pounds by my brother’s wedding.
2. I wanted to train for my first 5k run.
3. And currently, I am training for Reach the Beach and Hood to Coast.

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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