Staying motivated and encouraged during weight-loss, or on your journey to a healthier you– whatever that may mean for you, can be so difficult. Here are a few ideas to keep things in perspective, and keep you moving forward! Thanks to Melissa Murphy for this list of tips!
Let’s face it. Losing weight is hard! Sometimes it feels like an uphill battle. Just remember that it is a battle that is won by thousands annually. It may be difficult at times but it is possible to reach your weight loss goals. Follow these tips to keep yourself encouraged and motivated.
1. Remember that every ounce counts. Ounces add up to pounds. Remind yourself of that the next time you are disappointed when your scales reflects your weight loss in ounces instead of the pounds you were hoping for.
2. Avoid comparing yourself with other people. You may be sharing your weight loss journey with a friend or a buddy at the gym. It is important to remember that every human body is unique and you will not always reach your goals at the same time that your friend does. You may be faster or slower. The important thing to remember is that you are getting there.
3. Maintaining your weight is considered a success. There may be times in your weight loss journey when you plateau for a week or two and you do not experience weight loss at all. Choose to view this as a success. After all, when you reach your final weight loss goal your next challenge will be that of maintenance. If you can maintain it now, you can maintain it in the future.
4. Get out more. Many people are tempted to stay at home when they are trying to lose weight because they feel that they cannot eat what other people eat and they won’t have as much fun. One of the skills that health conscious people learn is to enjoy themselves when going out with friends and still manage their dining out experiences. Practice making healthy choices when you are out at a restaurant. You will need these skills later when you are maintaining your weight.
5. Avoid the temptation to starve yourself or skip meals. The weight loss that comes from starving yourself is short lived. The key to effective long-term weight loss is keeping blood sugar levels from spiking and dipping. Eating every few hours will help you feel less deprived and help you lose more weight faster.
Although weight loss endeavors can be frustrating and even stressful at times, the most important thing to remember is not to give up. Set realistic weight loss goals and press forward one day at a time. Visualize yourself reaching those milestones one by one. Pretty soon you will experience the major accomplishment of having lost ten or twenty pounds and you will find that your motivation is renewed and your journey will become easier.
A great addition to your weight loss plan is to pepper in movement and exercise when you can. You don’t need to make a commitment to a gym! Check out our 7 proven hacks for finally getting your body back in under 10 minutes a day (without a gym!)