Need a little weight loss motivation? Losing weight is hard. If someone tells you different, they’re lying! It takes a lot of dedication and willpower to stick to a healthy diet, but the real trick to losing weight and keeping it off is having the right mindset and motivation when you need it!
Honestly, it’s all in your head. Yes, you have to eat a healthy diet and drink tons of water. And you’re going to have to get off the couch & move your body too. But the truth is, if you don’t have the right attitude about losing weight nothing is going to work.
7 WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED (EVEN WHEN YOU WANT TO QUIT)
Define Your Weight Loss Goals
So you’re probably thinking of skipping this one because, duh, the goal is weight loss, but please hear me out. If you’re in this for real, you have to define specific goals & write them down!
Studies show people that write down their goals are more likely to achieve them! (Maybe because they’re driven enough to do it? Maybe because they are planting a seed in their subconscious brain willing themselves to lose weight? Either way, it’s better than eating a candy bar so do it.)
Make them SMART
Ok, so I learned this sweet little acronym while preparing for my son’s IEP. He has autism, so we plan everything…And when we set goals we have to be able to track them to measure his progress. If you’ve done any goal setting for work or school, then you may be familiar with this term: SMART Goals. Here’s how it breaks down.
Every time you write a goal for yourself make sure it’s a SMART one! That way you can measure your progress, be realistic about expectations, and celebrate victories along the way.
Don’t write a goal like “I want to look like Gigi Hadid.” Yes, she’s fabulous, but that’s not reasonable, right? Now, if you’re obsessed with Gigi, a better goal would be “I want to workout every day like Gigi Hadid.” By the way, she’s super into boxing & according to what she told Harper’s Bazaar, allows cheat days!
“My personal motto is: ‘Eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane.'”
Sounds smart to me.
You may want to include the number of times you want to exercise per week or the number of miles you want to walk/run the first month of your diet. Just write it down & keep it in a place you can reference for later! Not the junk drawer where dreams go to die!
Identify Your Why
Yep. I’m going there. Why do you want to lose weight? The question sounds easy enough, but take a moment to think about your real motivation here.
Are you looking to drop a few pounds to look good in your best friend’s wedding next month? Or do you want to lose weight because you don’t recognize yourself anymore? You want to take control of your life back, and you see losing weight as a starting point. Maybe you want to lose weight because you’re tired, depressed, and you avoid social situations because you’re ashamed of your appearance.
Let me tell you that I can identify with all of these…When you lose eighty pounds you have a lot of Why’s that motivate you!
Why is Why Such a Big Deal?
You need to get down to the nitty gritty deep down core reason you want/need to lose weight because that’s what will keep you motivated when you need it most.
Are you paying attention?
Your WHY is what will prevent your car from taking a left into Taco Bell.
Your WHY is what will motivate you to workout at 5:30 AM even though you didn’t go to bed until 1.
Your WHY is the secret sauce that will make or break your weight loss plan. Find it and never forget it. Make a list of your Why’s (it’s OK to have more than one) and put it on your bathroom mirror, refrigerator door, the computer at the office, etc.
Shut Down Your Inner Critic
Everyone has one.
A little voice that shames them into thinking they aren’t quite good enough or smart enough. When it comes to those of us who struggle with weight, our inner critic (IC) tells us our body is ugly, fat, not worthy.
You’ve probably heard her while you’ve stood in front of your bathroom mirror. Or while you were trying on swimsuits at various department stores or boutiques.
She’s an awful witch who needs to be shut down and destroyed. Listening to her negative self-talk does nothing but slow you down, and demotivates you.
Pay attention to your thoughts and when you start to hear your IC chime in, remind yourself it’s just that crazy witch in your head talking.
Once you are able to identify the negative thought patterns you have as coming directly from your inner critic you will be able to shut her down and then you’ll notice more progress. (And peace of mind.)
You’ve got to have a strong mental game to lose weight. Be positive in your thoughts and words about your weight loss efforts. If you continue to say I’ll never lose weight, then you may be predicting your future.
Look, I know this may sound crazy, but you’ve got to put the positive vibes out there. I’m not telling you to walk around 24/7 chanting I’m losing weight-I’m losing weight…People will think you’re crazy! (But it is better than privately dogging yourself out every time you look in the mirror!) Why not start each day with a positive affirmation about your new healthy lifestyle??? Just try it for one month & see what happens.
Stop Comparing Yourself To Other People
Comparison is the thief of joy and progress. I know it’s hard to look at Instagram or Facebook and not compare-so many people seem compelled to share every waking moment on social media, but it does nothing but slow you down. Put on your blinders and get on with your race.
Ok, have you ever noticed those eye masks on the race horses at the Kentucky Derby? Those aren’t for relaxation. They’re blinders. They are made to keep the horse’s eyes focused on what’s ahead of him-not the side or behind. See, trainers know the horse won’t win if he’s not focused on running his own race. See where I’m going here? Run your own race. Stop looking at everyone else and focus on yourself.
Don’t Weigh Every Day
Weighing every day is like taking the fast lane to crazy town. Don’t do it! Since your body’s weight naturally fluctuates (Shout out to hormones!), I’d keep the scale watching to every two weeks to once a month to never. I don’t weigh myself unless I’m forced to at the doctor’s office & then I don’t want to know. I prefer body measurements and the feel of my clothes to the scale!
Aim for Progress Not Perfection
There’s no such thing as perfect. Stop being so damn hard on yourself. Give yourself credit where credit is due-High 5 for going to the gym 3 days in a row! Middle 3 if you only made it 2 days. Yeah, I just made that up. So what? Celebrate every step you take toward a healthier lifestyle! Show yourself mercy on the days you cheat on your diet or miss the gym. Don’t beat yourself up! Slow and steady wins the race. And gets her groove back!:))