When you first start a weight loss routine you will likely be highly motivated to achieve your goals. A month or two down the line you may have lost some of that motivation which can set you back in achieving your desired results. Here are 10 tips to help you stay focused and motivated on your weight loss journey.
1. Do it for the Right Reasons
Make sure that you have extremely important reasons as to why you want to lose weight. Looking better is always nice, but when you look at it in the viewpoint of being a major health necessity or even as something that will enable to spend more time with your family and friends (in the long run) it can make it much easier to stick with your goals. Realizing all the positive ways your weight loss can improve your life is crucial to being able to accomplishing your goals.
Going public is a fantastic way to help keep yourself accountable when striving to lose weight. A great way to do that is by using a platform such as Challenge.com where you can log your day-to-day activities and essentially keep an online diary that thousands of other weight loss seekers can look at. Another great way is just to notify your friends and family of what you are trying to achieve. If you don’t want to go ‘too public’ with it, tell a few friends what your goals are and then keep a personal diary of what you are doing each day to get closer to those goals. When you are struggling you can look back at this and realize that just because one day isn’t as easy as the others, you have made it this far and can continue on this path.
3. Visualize your Weight Loss Success
Seeing yourself in better shape and healthier in general can be a very powerful tool. It will be the driving force that is able to keep you going day in and day out. The key is to make this visualization as realistic as possible. While we’d all love to be in ‘perfect’ shape, often times that isn’t realistic. See yourself as what you want to become and what you realistically can become.
4. Create a Plan of Action
Weight loss doesn’t just happen by going to the gym a few days a week or just trying to eat better. You need a step by step plan of action if you’re really taking this seriously. This could mean identifying 4-5 days a week that you’re going to work out, but take it to the next level- identify what exercises you will do at the gym. As for nutrition, identify as close to exactly what you will eat on a daily basis. When you’ve already mapped out what you’re going to eat over the next day or week it makes it much easier to not slip up.
5. Celebrate the Small Victories
Let’s say your weight loss goal is to lose 30 pounds over the next 4 or 5 months. Since that is a lofty goal and takes a long period of time, celebrate all the small victories that come along the way. Celebrate every 5 pounds that you lose or every pant size that you go down- there are limitless small victories that you can celebrate.
6. Make Adjustments Along the Way
Trying to stick with a plan of action over the course of a couple months can be difficult and you may even realize that some things you initially thought you needed to do aren’t necessary at a certain point. This can mean adding additional days in the gym, adding/subtracting certain exercises that you’re focusing on or tweaking your diet to your specific needs. For example, if you find that having a Vi-Shake for lunch isn’t enough food for you and you end up eating additional unhealthy foods at that time switch up that schedule. Maybe you have a shake for breakfast instead or also have a nutritional snack, such as a Nutra-Cookie, with your shake at lunch. Your plan of action doesn’t have to be set in stone, things happen in life and you need to be able to adapt and change throughout your weight loss journey.
7. Assess your Action Plan Throughout
As mentioned earlier, there are constant changes that are going on in a person’s life while they work to lose weight. Each week look at your action plan to identify what you can do better and maybe even something you need to scale back a little bit. Actions such as these can help you stay focused and will actually increase your odds of successfully completing your goal.
8. Take it Day by Day
Weight loss is more like a marathon than a sprint. Don’t look at it as though you need to get everything done in one day. Each day you follow your action plan you are one day closer to your goal. Learn from your experiences each day and make the next day a better one. It’s all about progressing each day.
Your friends and family are there for you through all sorts of events that happen in your life, so why wouldn’t they be there for you when trying to lose weight? Many times people think they have to do this on their own, but in actuality, people that have the greatest success often attribute it to their amazing support system. When you’re having a bad day don’t be afraid to talk to you friends and family about what you’re going through and asking for suggestions on how you can improve your issues.
10. Focus on More than the Physical Changes
While weight loss is ultimately a goal where you will see a physical difference, don’t forget about the mental changes that come along with it. People that lose weight often feel better in general. It could be improved self-esteem or you may even see yourself become more sociable. Mental improvements can be just as satisfying as physical improvements- don’t ever forget that!