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6-Week Slim-Down: Maintaining Motivation

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6-Week Slim-Down: Maintaining Motivation

By: Canadian Living
My 6-Week Slim-Down main goal: Maintaining motivation after hitting my weight loss goal. Last year I lost weight fairly quickly in prep for my wedding. The goal was so vanity-focused, it helped propel me toward the gym and away from the goodies in the Canadian Living Test Kitchen. Challenges: Quite simply, the thrill is gone. There's no pressure, no deadline, no more OMG-my-dress-is-super-tight-I-can't-eat-that-donut moments. I thought that wearing a very short, very revealing dress for my best friend's wedding in July (I'm a bridesmaid) would help, but it's simply not enough to set a fire under my seat. And since I thrive under pressure, knowing the fitting isn't until May means I keep putting it off healthy eating at bay. Exercise isn't really a problem for me—I always do it—but it's the eating clean that nets me real results. I've become more relaxed with my eating (sugar? COME TO MAMA) and really, I'm not feeling my greatest. Which leads to a cycle of feeling cranky, angry and frustrated, and what do I want to do to heal all of that? Eat a big cookie. As well, I spend most of my summer nights out, socializing with friends or doing outdoor fitness classes. During the winter, I'm a complete hermit, save for the outdoor walks I take with my pugs and attention the occasional work event in the evening.

Successes: I've signed up for the Sporting Life 10K with a number of other editors. (If you'd like to donate, click here). Knowing that I'll be participating in a huge initiative in a public way means I can't bail at the last minute, and that I have to properly train. And proper training requires clean and healthy eating, which I know will motivate me even more. Training starts in a few weeks with the amazing Brent Bishop, so I need to get my act in gear soon. How to you maintain weight-loss motivation?
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