Are you struggling with weight issues? Finding motivation to lose weight is not easy. You are not alone on this one. Millions of people across the globe are in the same dilemma too. Being overweight can complicate your life in so many ways. Apart from complicating your dressing style, excess weight can leave you vulnerable to chronic diseases such as diabetes, breathing disorders, cardiovascular ailments or even cancer. Excess weight can also leave you unable to participate in the activities you wish to do. The good news is that creating habits for weight loss and sticking to the plan can make all the difference for you.
In the past, I’ve yo-yoed with my weight, as many of us do. It’s been up, it’s been down but more up. I’ve lost weight with Herbalife, with Weight Watchers, via exercise and with Lite’N’Easy. Each time I’ve lost the weight, I succeeded in putting the kilos back on, plus some, why? because my mindset was not in the correct place so my weight would go back to it’s set point. This time around my journey is different, the habits are set in and I’ve discovered ways to shift my mindset and change my set point. I am happy to be following the below steps to bring my healthy self back into balance and back into shape.
How do I stay motivated on my weight loss journey? I picture the image of the future me and follow the 5 steps I’ve outlined below.
Here are 5 vital tips on staying motivated to lose weight
1 Start with defining why you want to lose weight
Start your healthy weight loss journey by defining why you want to lose weight. Many people find themselves struggling to stick to their weight loss plans due to lack of motivation. The beauty of having clear goals when planning to lose weight is that they act as your major motivation. Are you doing it for health reasons, to fit into your designer clothes, to boost your self-confidence or just for fun? Defining your weight loss goals clearly and writing them down is a good place to get started. In short, you can achieve your long-term weight loss success if your motivation is driven from within.
What I have discovered is the ‘why’ in the journey for motivation to lose weight needs to be personal, ‘your why’. It is vital for motivation to lose weight that the reason to is yours personally and that you can own it.
2 Set realistic goals
The secret to staying motivated to lose weight by creating habits lies in setting attainable goals. Setting unrealistic goals can result in endless frustrations, and stress. Well, starting a healthy weight loss program is much easier as compared to sticking to the plans. Most people drop out of their weight loss programs as a result of setting unattainable goals. Having realistic goals will boost your motivation knowing that you can accomplish all of them hassle-free.
3 Seek Out a Supportive Community
Don’t isolate yourself from your friends all in the name of losing weight. Isolation will only lead to feelings of discouragement. Find inspiration from your supportive friends, groups or community. Joining a local gym, finding a workout partner or even hiring a reliable health coach can make all the difference for you. Alternatively, you can find your motivation from a positive online fitness community.
4 Keep a Journal
Boost your motivation by keeping a well-updated journal or diary. Keeping track of your diet, food triggers, progress, self-discipline, and punctuality can help you to achieve all your weight loss goals without burning out. You can actually track your progress using your Instagram account. Nothing is impossible when you are willing to hold yourself accountable.
This time around I’m keeping an on-line journal on Instagram, I just share the occasional photo of my meal, my day, my exercises and habits I’m setting on my weight loss journey. Having had some problems with my knees and plantar fasciitis, I like to focus on at least walking 10,000 steps a day.
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5 Take one day at a time
Weight loss is a gradual process. Setting high expectations will only end in disappointment and stress. You can find motivation from within by patting yourself on the back for every small achievement you accomplish. Don’t look for perfection. Instead, expect to make progress with each step you take. Track your daily actions for optimal success.
It is possible to motivate yourself to lose weight when you do it for yourself. The reason is for you and your ‘why’. When you set yourself realistic goals. When you surround yourself with support from family, friends or support groups. When you journal and track your results and take one day at a time.
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Angie blogs about setting goals and mastering habits as well as productivity and living abroad. She started blogging while learning the skills to start an online business. Her goal to work online came about due to wanting to see overseas family and travel around Australia. Her mission is to help others succeed with their goals. Angie often shares tips and tricks while walking the beaches or near the lake on the Central Coast NSW Australia.