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How to STAY Motivated!
From sparkpeople.com - my website for tracking and changing my life. It is an interactive weight loss and fitness site that is amazing. This article really struck home!In Mans Search For Meaning, author Viktor Frankl survived years in German concentration camps due to what he felt was a good reason to survive: he was determined to finish his lifes work in psychology. Risking punishment or worse, he secreted away paper and notes, planning and preparing for the day when he could continue. Eventually, he was liberated and went on to pen one of the centurys most influential books on leading a meaningful life.
Meanwhile, Viktor saw that fellow inmates who did not have a calling (whether it was a family, a career, or a cause) seemed to have nothing to live for and usually died. The right motivation was literally the difference between life and death.
That's the power of motivation. Given the right reasons, people have changed lives, changed history and changed the world.
Sure, that's great, you say. But all I'm trying to do is lose weight. That's the old, misguided way of looking at it. You might not want to change the world, but you do want to change your world. Anyone can lose weight. To keep it off to make that permanent lifestyle change it takes something more. It takes the right motivation.
The right motivation is a potential diet deal-breaker. Recently, 32% of SparkPeople.com members said that a Lack of Motivation was their #1 weight loss hurdle. Motivation is what separates Dieters from Lifestyle Changers. That's why it plays such a key role in everything you'll do during Stage 3. (I am in Stage 3 now, which is putting into practice all the things you learned in stages 1 and 2.)
What To Do With Your Motivation?
Motivation happens in two stages. First, you find out what motivates you the most about weight loss. This is different for each person and even different situations. Second, you turn that motivation into a tool by surrounding yourself with it, immersing yourself in it.
Motivation can be useful and inspiring at the same time. Not only is it important to do things for the right reasons, but it's just as vital to find creative, timely ways to remind yourself of those inspirational reasons.
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