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Musings: Things that keep my motivated

A couple of times on my ol' Insta page a few people have said they admire my motivation and determination, which I'll admit is gosh darn lovely. I'm not going to lie, there are some days I want to nose dive into a packet of Oreo's and bathe myself in Ben and Jerry's, however something always stops me (thank God!) but today I thought I'd share some of the things that keep me motivated.

Things that keep me

1) Clothes shopping - Buying clothes is so much nicer now knowing that I'll actual be able to fit into clothes from highstreet shops, and I often leave changing rooms feeling pleased and proud rather than wanting to curl up in a ball and cry into a big pint of Ben and Jerry's.

2) Think about what I can achieve - Whilst I do have my main goals and ideas of what I'd like to achieve in the long term (mainly Jenifer Lawrence's body) I also like to set myself weekly goals and focus on what I can achieve each week, keeping goals small but attainable and giving myself something to work toward.

3) Look at how far I've come - As I'm actually getting closer to goal and things are slowing down a bit, I find it useful to remind myself of where I started and what I've actually achieved. I find it's good to celebrate the whole journey, not just reaching the destination. It's important to feel proud!

4) An item of clothing - I like to keep one item of clothing in my wardrobe at all times that is too small as this gives me something to aim at and keep working toward. Whenever I feel myself starting to stray I think of that item and how I want to wear it and feel in it.

5) Weigh day - I know the scales shouldn't control our emotions, but they do play a bit part in this weight loss journey, I find that focusing on how I want to feel come weigh day really helps me stay motivated and stay on plan. I always feel much better on the weeks I know I've given 100%.

6) An event - Having an event, even if it's just dinner with friends, scheduled in is a great motivator as you want to know you've done everything you can to feel your best for the occasion. A great reason to plan things with friends too.

7) Non Scale Victories - I always try to find as many NSV's as possible as I think they're so important. It's amazing how much being overweight prohibits us from doing, and it's so liberating and motivating doing and achieving things you never did before.

8) Remembering why I started - I did a whole blog post about this a couple of weeks ago, but I find remembering how down and rubbish I felt before I started is a great motivator for me to continue on, as I sure know I don't want to be back where I started.

9) Pictures - As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words. Try and find the pictures you hope others deleted and use it to motivate you to continue. Stick it on the fridge, in the biscuit tin, wherever you can see it to keep you going,

10) Seeing others succeed - I love reading and looking at others success stories. There's so much motivation to be found at seeing others achieve something you want to achieve.

11) Thinking things through - Planning what I'm going to eat, being in control wherever I can, that ensures I'm on track and knowing I'm on track keeps me motivated.

12) Sharing my journey - I honestly believe the reason I've been so successful this time round is mainly due to this blog and my Instagram/Twitter. The support I've found is just incredible, and holding myself accountable really ensures I stay on the straight and narrow. I don't want to let myself down, and knowing others are watching also means I don't want to let them down too. So thank you to those of you who read, comment and help me stay on track, I couldn't do it without you!

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