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Staying Motivated

How do you stay motivated to lose weight?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply:

To lose some weight, I joined a weight-loss challenge program with some old friends. For that, I had to take a photo of myself when it started and then take another photo every month.

Those photos were amazing and very motivating! It’s hard to realize how far you’ve come without these photos. I could tell that my chest and hips got smaller in the photos. It would have been harder to spot those changes just by looking at myself in the mirror every day.

The photos are also valuable if you fall off the weight loss wagon and regain a few pounds. You can look at the photos of you thinner and realize, “I did that once. I can do it again.”

Michelle Davis-Dash, MD, a mom of a 19-month-old son and a pediatrician in Baltimore, MD

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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I find that going to an actual gym with a baby at home just doesn’t work for me. It’s easy to put my baby in a travel crib in the garage with a few toys, and I work out for however long he lets me!

We have a small home gym in our garage. (No cars in there!)  It’s not fancy, but we have a TV and DVD player, a treadmill, all-in-one dumbbells, a bench, pull-up station, medicine balls, and exercise bands. I have some DVDs that I only watch there, so it motivates me to go exercise. For example, I’ve watched Food, Inc over and over again in 10- to 30-minute segments. When I get bored with that video, I find something new that is motivating (and I enjoy) to help reinforce the positive things I am trying to do for myself.

Michelle Spring, MD, a mom of a one-year-old son and two grown stepchildren and a board-certified plastic surgeon with Marina Plastic Surgery Associates in Marina del Rey, CA

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