Getting motivated to start a diet and exercising can often be the hardest part of any weight loss regimen. But do not fear, we’re here to help.
As we all know, weight loss is anything but easy. One of the main, if not the main reason why so many girls that we see on Instagram are so successful in transforming their bodies is because they are SO SO incredibly motivated! They put their entire identity and their livelihood on show for everyone. That said, they live by the mantra – Failure is simply not an option!
So how do you muster that motivation to lose all that excess weight? Here are 14 ways to get yourself motivated.
1. Find out why you want to lose weight.
Is is to look good in a bikini, to keep up with your baby, to seek revenge on an ex-partner or is it to simply feel better about yourself? Or maybe not, but there must be a reason – find it.
2. Set realistic goals.
‘I want to lose weight’ is just too vague of a goal. You need a clear and achievable goal, such as ‘lose 10lb in 10 weeks’. Write down how you’re going to achieve this, such as ‘run three times a week’ or ‘go to the gym every Monday, Wednesday and Friday’ and STICK TO IT.
3. Create visual goals.
Visual cues are a great motivator. If you want to look good on the beach in a size 10 bikini then buy that bikini (or perhaps a dress for a special occasion or a pair of skinny jeans) and hang it outside your wardrobe.
4. Write a morning mantra.
Write and then read a motivational mantra every day. Make the goal seem like something that has already having been achieved, for example, “I have successfully lost 10lbs, and I am about to board the plane for Spain. I can’t wait to get to the beach in my yellow bikini…” By doing so you get the good feelings associated with the goal ahead of time.
5. Kick the bad habits.
Long term transformations take time. To get quick results and keep the weight off you need to kick bad habits. In the beginning you need to go cold turkey. For many people the enemy is booze, processed food and/or sugar in all its forms – most obviously, chocolate and sweets.
Giving these up for at least 6-12 weeks “breaks the back” of the usual suspects, forms some good eating habits, and brings about those quick results – which will keep you motivated and “hungry” for more success.
6. Think positive.
With sufficient motivation anything is achievable, and those obstacles can now be overcome.
7. Carry a mirror.
In order to eat healthily, it’s really important to watch your portion sizes. To help you do this, carry a mirror everywhere you go, ensuring you remind yourself of how fat you are, which will automatically motivate you to eat less.
8. Be your own weight loss whip.
This may sound odd, but you need to give yourself some tough love. Motivating yourself is not just about carrot, it’s also about stick – you need to whip yourself into controlling your eating. Without control, it’s too easy to get carried away bingeing on treats and then swilling them down with booze.
9. Ditch the fat feeding excuse.
Year after year, many people say, “Oh I’ve put so much weight on over Christmas, I may as well eat what I want.” This is just an excuse. Stop making them. Always remind yourself to stop eating when you feel full, and then take your mind into something non-food related.
10. Keep junk food hidden.
Or don’t buy them at all. Out of sight will mean out of mind. You won’t be able to resist if you have chocolates and cookies lying around the house.
11. Ditch the strict diets.
The first and immediate step is never ditch junk food all together. Instead, live each day eating healthily 80 per cent of the time and eating some junk for 20 per cent of the time. This way you’ll ensure you don’t deny yourself, which can lead to binge eating.
12. Steer clear of conflict.
After the stresses of the holidays, new year can be the time of year when we rub each other up the wrong way and end up having a number of verbal brawls. Steer clear of them, otherwise you will probably end up comfort eating. Bite your tongue and walk away as soon as you sense you are about to throw a verbal bullet.
13. Carry a warning sign.
Make yourself a credit card size warning sign that reads, “If you are fat THINK before eating.” Look at it before you eat to help you control what you consume, and how much. The truth hurts, but the truth is the truth.
14. Try on that ‘future’ dress.
Just before you sit down to eat at home, pop to the bedroom and try on that dress you are desperate to fit into. Let it motivate you to control your food intake.