Monday, October 27, 2014

If It Doesn't Challenge You It Doesn't Change You

If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you – I’ve always been fascinated by how much harder a person works when they have a tough personal trainer pushing them to do their best. With this in mind, whenever I feel myself slacking during my workout and wanting to take the easy route, I pretend Jillian Michaels is my trainer. I literally imagine her shouting at me, telling me to “Work harder!…Do 5 more reps!…Faster, faster!…Keep going!”. This has the effect of instantly making me work harder. Try this little trick yourself (with a trainer of your choice) the next time you need extra motivation to increase the intensity of your workout…it works!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I Did is Much Stronger Than I Will

I recently found a way to make myself work out every day: First I decided to commit to working out every day by just starting very small. On day 1 I was only motivated to workout for 2 minutes (Yes, I know, sounds too little right?). But EVERY DAY thereafter I decided that my absolute minimum would be 2 minutes. No matter how demotivated I felt, I was determined to do my 2 minutes. This goal was so small that it was almost impossible not to do it. By day 3 or 4 I had doubled it to 4 minutes. One week later I felt very comfortable to do 15 minutes, because it was beginning to feel like a HABIT. If on any day I did not feel like working out I would make myself do my minimum of two minutes. By week 2, I was doing 30-45 minutes EVERY DAY. Now it's over a month since I started this new way of staying motivated and I now workout for 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes daily (on my elliptical, spin bike, plus YouTube workout videos).
Working out daily has now become my habit, it would seem as strange to me to not work out as it would to not brush my teeth. If you find yourself saying "I will do my workout" and then find yourself procrastinating, but you really want to say "I DID my workout today" consider starting off with a ridiculously short time of just two minutes, but make sure you do those two minutes EVERY DAY. Within a few weeks to a month you'll find this has become a habit that you'll enjoy and be proud of, which in turn will motivate you to want to exercise for even longer.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Thousand Mile Journey Begins With A Single Step

Hi everyone, I'm back! I have not posted anything on here for months, I've been so busy with life's ups and downs that I was forced to put MotiveWeight Blogspot on the back burner for a while. But I am now back in full force, feeling great and raring to go.  I look forward to posting something on here regularly and continuing my journey to healthy weight loss and fitness with you all again. xxx Linda.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Throw Out The Scale

I must say this quote really had quite an impact on me. I have been thinking of not using the scale for quite some time and the words, "if you don't like what you see in the mirror what difference does it make what the scale says" was the catalyst that will make me stop using the scales (at least for a while). It's true, why does the number matter? We all want to look better, feel better and be healthier...there are far better and more effective ways to measure these things than the scales....I think I'll make the month of May, NO WEIGH MAY!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

You Don't NEED Sugar In Your Tea and Coffee

The act of putting sugar in your tea and coffee is a deeply entrenched habit for many of us. Yet if you practice not adding sugar, you'll find that over time your cravings for it will disappear. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Do Something TODAY That Your Future Self Will Thank You For

If it were possible to go back in time and give the past you a list of do’s and don’ts that would improve your present life, what advice would you give to your past self? 

Now take this list and apply it to your life today and every day so that your future self will have something to thank you for.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

You're Only One Workout Away From A Good Mood

Every completed workout, even a short one, has a corresponding good feeling attached to it.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Drink Green Tea - It Increases Your Metabolism

Drinking green tea is one of the easiest ways to rev up your metabolism. A study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that green tea-extract increases the metabolism by 4% over a 24 hour period.

Three to five cups a day can help you burn an extra 70 calories a day, which adds up to seven pounds a year, 35 pounds for five years and 70 pounds for 10 years.

Green tea has also been shown to inhibit fat absorption—the movement of glucose into fat cells, [support healthy] glucose levels after eating a meal, prevent insulin spikes which prevents fat storage, and reduce appetite.

Think three to five cups a day seems like a lot? Replace diet soda with my recipe for “green tea soda.” Spoon instant green tea into sparkling water like Perrier or club soda and you have a refreshing, bubbly drink. It’s great to get you through the 3:00pm slump, when you otherwise might reach for a soda or sugary snack. - Rebekah Baumgardner, BodyBuilding.Com

Wanna Bet You'll Lose Weight Next Month?

As I said in my last post, henceforth this blog will be a bit like a reportage on all things weight loss and fitness motivation and will no longer be just a motivational posters blog. So this means as well posting the occasional motivational poster,  I'll also be bringing you info, videos, useful links, images, podcasts, and all things weight loss and fitness motivation that I find on the internet. So with that said here is my latest find:

BetWeight is an interesting weight loss motivation’s a sort of 'put your
money where your mouth is' contest that you play against yourself. Here is what it says on their website:

What is BetWeight?
The concept is very simple. You set a 1 month (30 day) weight loss goal and bet some money that you'll reach it.
If you succeed, you win your money back!
If you fall short, we donate it to a charity of your choice.

Is this gambling?
No. The outcome of your Challenge depends entirely on your own skill.
All the elements of weight loss are under your control, and yours alone (it's true!). The success of your Challenge does not depend on whether Manchester United wins on Saturday or the result of a coin toss.

It depends on you eating right, exercising and finding the willpower to keep that up for the next few weeks! Your money simply serves as an extremely powerful motivator.

So do you believe you’ll lose weight next month...wanna bet on it?

For more info on BetWeight see their  FAQ Page

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