What are your goals? Have you been struggling to lose weight or keep it off?
What is the motivation behind your efforts to lose weight? Finding the will to commit to a weight loss plan requires a degree of confidence and commitment that people who have never had to worry about their weight can only imagine.
Losing weight is not as simple as backing away from the table, avoiding fast food places or sharing with the world you are on a diet. Instead, it's a lifelong commitment much as it is for an alcoholic to stay away from alcoholic beverages or an addict who has to find a way not to do drugs.
Many of us struggle to understand how we got here and how it is we are supposed to move forward and finally lose the weight and most important keep it off for good. There are levels of anxiety, frustration, sadness, and feelings of overwhelm that is difficult to put into words. In case you missed it, losing weight is not easy!
For a lot of people, it begins with finding a sense of motivation to engage in battle with your food and fitness choices. Many factors may contribute to the decision to commit to shedding the pounds finally.
If you require some help with finding your motivation to start on this journey, here are three simple tips for you to consider.
Why Do I Want to Lose Weight?
Ask yourself this question and answer it honestly from the heart, “Why do I want to lose weight?” Why are you putting yourself through the agony of trying to lose weight? Maybe you want to feel better. It could be that you are not happy with how you look to others or a health-related issue. Perhaps you are just tired of being overweight.
You have to understand and know what drove you to this place so you can later refer back to your reasons should there be a relapse or you experience success and hit a plateau. Keep that reason safely tucked away because it is highly likely that you will need to pull it out and remind yourself of the ‘why' aspect of what it is you are trying to achieve.
Here is a key tip: Heartfelt motivation is much more powerful than head based motivation.
Make Your New Lifestyle a Major Priority
The next tip has to do with prioritizing your needs to make the necessary changes in your life. Sure, you may have an excellent idea of ‘why' you are seeking to lose weight and a plan, but for it to be a success, you have to make it a priority over everything else.
Yes, it might feel a bit awkward at first to make yourself a priority, particularly if you have a family that you spend your days and nights looking after, but your weight loss plan will have to become a priority.
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
The weight loss path is nothing to balk at by any means. You have a lot of lessons to learn about what contributes to weight gain for your body and what will allow you great success in losing weight.
You will have to learn not to beat yourself up when things are not happening as fast as you might like for them to happen or if you have a minor setback.
You have a lot of bad habits to break and new habits to create. Your goal throughout this process should be not to beat yourself up but learn to love yourself and imagine your future self once the extra weight is no longer visible.
These are just three simple tips to help you find your motivation to lose weight. Just remember, take it easy on yourself but make plans now to commit to the process.
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