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5 Things That Keep Me Motivated

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The following five things are what keep me motivated for each and every day.

1) Spiritual~~I start each day with prayer and since realizing I have a real lifetime journey ahead of me to get fit and stay fit I am trusting God to help me with each and every facet of my daily life. When I am spiritually at peace my whole world is at peace.

2)Emotional~~I am an emotional person. For the good, bad and the ugly. I wear my heart on my sleeve and try very hard to believe there is good in everyone. I am often hurt and disappointed and then all kinds of emotions take over and can make a disaster out of my healthy living plans. But food does NOT heal emotions. We may feel better for a while with all those wonderful comfort foods but then the guilt and "not again" starts the cycle all over again. I want to be healthy emotionally too. Fill my mind with good thoughts and positive things. Try to live my life in a way that I can show integrity, love, and joy. Again it is a daily committment.

3)Physical~~We have been given one body at birth and what we do to that body is our choice. I have been very bad to my body for many years by eating all the wrong foods and not exercising it. Each day I am learning how good it is to eat the right foods and to keep getting stronger and stronger. I don't think exercise will ever make my Top 5 Pleasures in Life but as I am seeing results in my apperance and energy levels it is something I will continue to do and increase for the rest of my life.

4)Family~~I raised my four children alone after losing my husband in a car accident and I saw the worry, pain, and sadness in their faces as I had allowed myself to creep over that 300 pound mark. I cannot tell you the joy it brings me to hear their excitement, love, and encouragement as they check on me each week to see how things are going. My dh is so proud of me too and even though I always felt loved it is nice to feel respected for the choices I am making.

5)Friends~~I could not keep going without the love and support of my friends. Especially those I have made on Sparks. For over 7 months I did nothing but lose and gain the same pounds. But I kept posting each day to my teams and always got encouragement and love. Sparks is a real gift to me and I tell everyone I meet that it is the best of all online groups!

So these are my five motivations. I am sure the same that many of you have as well. I am choosing each morning to make this" one day" a great day and no matter what happens around me I can choose to be good to my body.
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