When you are trying to lose weight, it can be easy to get discouraged. However, if you really want to lose weight, you have to stick with your weight loss plan and follow through on your intentions. Any lifestyle changes can be hard to stick with at first especially if you don’t see instant results. So, what can you do? How do you stay motivated while you work at losing weight?
You might have a goal to lose a lot of weight. Weight loss, though, is a gradual process. Working out for a week or two won’t get you to your optimal body and that can be discouraging to say the least. After all, for a lot of your goals, you can watch clear progress but with weight loss, it can sometimes seem like you’re working towards a far off goal that you can lose steam for along the way.
To combat this, you should set milestones within your goal. Milestones are smaller goals within your larger goal that you can celebrate along the way to mark your progress. For example, if you need to lose 50 pounds, you could set a milestone every 10 pounds so that you notice your accomplishments along the way. This will keep you from losing sight of your long-term goals.
Figure Out Your Why
A great tip for any goal, including a weight loss goal, is to determine why you are doing what you’re doing. Why are you trying to lose weight? It’s much easier to stay motivated if you have a purpose behind your actions.
Take a moment and write down your reasons – you might have more than one for losing weight. Are you trying to improve your health? Get the perfect beach body? As you go along, remember why you are trying to lose weight and it’ll help you to stay on track.
Keep Track of Your Progress
When we think of weight loss progress, the image that comes to mind is usually a pair of pictures – one before and one after the goal is met. There is a lot of time between those photos, though, and it’s plenty of time to get discouraged. As we said before, long-term goals with gradual change can be especially difficult.
Take photos along the way or keep a notebook of your progress. This way, you can look back and see how far you’ve come and the potential of how far you can come in the future.
Don’t Throw Yourself in All at Once
If you really want to lose weight and get in shape, it’s a lot more than making time for the gym a couple times a week. You usually need to make certain lifestyle changes such as eating healthier and adopting a steady workout schedule.
Doing this all at once, you probably won’t succeed or you won’t be as motivated as you could be. For instance, throwing all your junk food out and writing the gym into your planner everyday will tire you out fast. Instead, ease yourself into these lifestyle changes. Trade out a couple fast food dinners for healthy meals and start with light workouts. Carefully select supplement program that will give you the best results. Then, as you go along, you can add on until you are in the lifestyle you want to be in. This process is longer but it won’t burn you out as fast as trying to do everything all at once.
Make a Routine
If you want to get healthier, make getting healthier a part of your routine, not just something that you do when you have time. For instance, choose days you have time to go to the gym and decide you are going to go to the gym on those days at certain times rather than just going when you have the time.
You can even make a routine of eating healthier too. If you are busy, you might not have time to cook a healthy meal for dinner each night. This is where the temptation of fast food or TV dinners can come in. Instead of this, you can try to prep your meals for the week at the end of each weekend. Even snacks can be planned ahead to avoid a vending machine run or a quick candy bar.
About the Author: Anna Short writes for several health and fitness publications with a specific interest in fitness and brain health. She also works with few organizations to provide families with the best resources for raising and educating a special needs child. When not working, she’s spending time with her family and friends or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits.