Our minds are incredibly powerful things. Seriously. Making the decision to get in shape and improve your health and lifestyle requires a strong mind and sticking to the program requires an even stronger mind and willpower. Failing to keep your motivation could spell absolute disaster for your weight loss journey and completely derail every effort you’ve already made to get healthy. This is why it’s so important to keep yourself motivation, and this can be done through various means. If you’re looking for more ways to keep your eye on the prize and mind focused, you can try various means of staying motivated.
Identify Your Small and Big Rocks and List Them Down
Losing weight, as we all know, doesn’t happen overnight. That’s exactly why figuring out the milestones you want to hit along the way plays a huge role in helping you stay on track. For example, your first goal may be to lose 4 – 6 pounds in the first month. Your second month goal may be to successfully eat nutritiously balanced meals in a consistent manner. Identify small rocks, goals that you hit can realistically hit on a monthly basis, and then big rocks, goals that should be hit in longer time spans such as every 6 months. Having these goals listed down and displayed somewhere you can easily see at all times will help to keep your eye on the prize and your mind motivated.
List Down Your Milestone Moments
Measurable goals are important, but identifying why you want to lose weight and setting some milestones that you want to hit with those reasons in mind is a great way to stay motivated. For example, one milestone may be to run your first 3-kilometer race. After this milestone, the next one could be your first 5-kilometer or 10-kilometer race. Other examples of milestone moments could be buying your first piece of clothing in your ideal size or simply dropping a few sizes. It could also be an activity that you’ve always wanted to do but could never participate in because of your health like hiking a gorgeous mountain. Having these goals will keep you going when the going gets tough.
Every time you hit a goal or reach a milestone moment is enough reward in itself, but identifying small rewards you can give yourself when these goals or milestones are hit serve as fantastic motivation as well. You could treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure when you lose a certain amount of weight in the month. It’s also to take it a step further and purchase that one item you’ve always wanted when you hit one of your big rocks. Figure out what rewards will keep you as motivated as possible then work hard to enjoy them.
Remind Yourself That It’s All About Wellness
Getting healthy and maintaining your health is about making better nutrition choices every single day. This is not something that you do for a few months or until you’re happy with your weight, it’s about altering your lifestyle. Viewing the process as a short term thing will lead to short term progress, which could ruin your motivation in the future. When you condition your mind to think of this as a lifestyle change, you’ll find yourself reaching for healthier snacks and making wiser meal choices naturally.
Set Yourself Up for Success
It should go without saying, but if you want to avoid eating unhealthy, high-calorie food, the easiest way to do it is to make sure it’s nowhere within sight or reach. At the start of your journey to a healthier lifestyle, one of the first things you should do is throw out all the high fat, sugary and empty-calorie snacks in your pantry and refrigerator. This will help you condition your mind and will also make sure that when your cravings hit, you won’t have anything sabotaging to reach for. At the same time, this will prevent you from feeling bad about going off the rails since there’s nothing to go off the rails for. In contrast, be ready to combat your cravings by having healthy snacks on hand in your home. Stock your refrigerator and pantry with food items like granola, vegetable sticks, oatmeal or hummus. Have a variety on hand so that you don’t get bored with them either.
Buy Yourself a New Workout Outfit
Who knew that new clothes could be such an effective means of motivation? We all love shopping, women especially, but when it comes to working out, having a new athletic outfit and looking cute while you work out will likely have a positive effect on your actual workout as well. Buy workout clothes that makes you look good and feel good. As time goes on, you’ll even start having to buy yourself smaller sizes, which has a hugely satisfying effect and is pivotal in keeping you motivated.
Avoid Weighing Yourself Everyday
As we mentioned earlier, weight loss is not an overnight process. It takes time. With that being said, you’re not going to see huge changes if you weight yourself every day. You may even see weight gain over some days due to water retention or other similar factors. As such, weighing yourself weekly or bi-monthly instead of daily will keep you on track and, more importantly, happy about your progress.
Keep a Log of Your Overall Progress
Identify some of the important measurements that will help you get a handle on how much progress you’re actually making and record them on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. Apart from your weight, some things to record and keep track off include your waist line, your hip measurements, arm circumference and so on. The reason that you shouldn’t track just your weight is that your fat could be being replaced with muscles as you continue with your journey. As such, your body measurements will be a better means of tracking your progress and will your head in a much more positive space.