Why is it that January 1st the day when everyone seems to decide to begin being healthy, to lose weight, to get in shape? Where does this magical motivation come from? One theory: it's a great time for "my fresh start," a new beginning. Why does that motivation drop off around April and how do we keep that from happening this year? My answer: find your motivation and keep it in sight!
Find your motivation in other places to keep it alive. Like pictures in magazines of fitness models, pictures of people moving or dancing that make you want to get up and DO SOMETHING! THAT is your motivation hidden in a picture. Post that picture in your cubicle or on your fridge or in your closet. Better yet, put it someplace that you know is where you go when you are at your weakest so that picture instantly changes your mind. Keep your "motivation pictures" in a folder and change them up when the motivation effect is not as intense. Change is motivating in itself.
Find your motivation in a high energy TV series that you ONLY watch while you log in your miles on the treadmill. If you want to see what happens next on your new found TB series, you can only do it while you do your cardio. Don't have a DVR or your own cardio machine? Use your IPad or other moving playing devise that sits well on the cardio equipment at the gym. Missing your TV show will also root in your mind that you need to get your cardio in. Once you get in the habit and you try to watch your TV show without doing cardio, it will feel like something is missing.
Find your motivation in hiring a personal trainer. It's our JOB to motivate you. Make sure he/she is a GOOD one! You should be that trainers' center of attention. If you feel like you are not the most important thing on that trainer's mind, hire someone else. Trainers are there to motivate you and keep you moving. After all, that's what you paid for.