Over the years, especially during months where I was losing weight really well, people would email me and ask me: what's the secret? how do you stay motivated? how do you keep going? how do I get my head in the right place? And my answers were pretty much: I'm not sure. I just keep trying. Never give up. Fake it til you make it. And that *is* what has worked for me. Setting aside all our differences in weight loss plans and methods, the mental aspect is very much the same. Somehow, we have to get it together enough to start, and keep it together enough to keep going. *That* is the key. But HOW?
Even after losing 100 pounds, I struggle with this. How do you get into the mindset... the dedicated, going-to-do-this state of mind... to stick to whatever plan you are using long term? Sometimes I get into stretches where it's easy, and other times it seems almost impossible. But it all goes back to the same answer, for me: keep trying, fake it til you make it, never give up. Eventually one of the 'tries' sticks long enough to see results. The results are motivating. And it snowballs from there.
How about you? What gets you started, and what keeps you going? No matter what your plan is, there is that mental aspect... some call it motivation, some call it commitment. I would love for the comments of this post to be filled with the wisdom and insights of all of you who can share what works for *you* mentally, to get you going and keep you on plan and still working at it when the going gets tough and you feel like giving up. What helps *you*? What do you tell yourself when it gets hard? What can you share with people who are reaching out asking for help and guidance, trying to find something to help them stay on track? What's your best advice for staying mentally on track, motivated, committed?