Losing weight can be one of the most difficult things you ever do in your life. It’s definitely not easy, and keeping the motivation while you are dieting and exercising can be one of the hardest parts. We all lose motivation along the way, but there are some great tricks that you can do to keep yourself motivated. If you need a little extra push to lose those few extra pounds before summer, here are some great ideas:
1. Start Off Small
Goals are a great way to motivate yourself, however, make sure the goal you set for yourself is attainable. Setting a goal that is too high or too unattainable is setting yourself up for failure. On the other hand, you don’t want to set a goal that will be too easy to reach either. If you aren’t working out at all as of right now, set a goal to work out 3 times a week and then maybe after doing that for a month move up to 4 times a week. This way you will not overwhelm yourself with a goal that is too big and then get discouraged when you can’t meet it.
2. Ask Yourself Why
Before you start your weight loss journey ask yourself, “Why do I want to lose weight?” Is it to look better in a swim suit when you go on vacation? Is it for your sister’s wedding in a few months? Is it for a high school reunion? No matter what the reason is, make sure to keep it in your mind as much as you can. If you need to post pictures of your vacation destination on your mirror so you are reminded every day, do it. It’ll help your mind stay focused on the end goal.
3. Motivation Pictures
If you have a picture of yourself when you when you looked your best, or if there is a picture in a magazine of a woman’s body that you are aspiring to, post that picture where you can see it every day. Try posting it on the refrigerator so every time you go to get food you are reminded to choose healthy options. No matter where you post it, just make sure you will see it often so you’ll constantly be reminded of how you want to look.
4. Don’t Let Yourself Get Bored
Recently I’ve noticed that when I’m bored is most often the time that I start to unnecessarily snack on junk food, not because I’m hungry, but just because it’s something to do. When you notice this tendency, get up and do something. Take a walk, go to the grocery store, take a shower, etc. Do anything that will keep your mind and body moving and preoccupied. It’ll keep your dieting on track.
5. Don’t Focus on the Scale
When you’re trying to lose weight, try not to focus too much on the scale. A lot of great changes will happen to your body when losing weight, other than dropping pounds. You might be losing inches instead pounds, in which case you will notice this change in your clothes. They will fit better or be looser. You may also start having more energy which will make you feel better as well. So, if you’re not seeing numbers drop on the scale, don’t get discouraged. Start paying more attention to your body measurements and how you’re feeling overall instead of the numbers on the scale.