Have you been trying and failing to lose weight? It can be extremely frustrating, especially if it feels like a chore. If you lack exercise motivation or find yourself indulging far more than you should on foods that should be a special treat, you’ve probably been setting yourself up to fail without even realizing it.
The truth is, too many people attempting to lose weight through exercise and dieting look at it as a chore. They feel determined but they don’t enjoy the process. They approach weight loss with the wrong mentality which means that they’ll never be properly motivated. It’s all about staying positive and going about it in a proactive manner while having fun. Losing weight can and should be a positive experience. Here are a few tricks and techniques to help you stay motivated so that you can finally shed those pounds.
Set small goals with rewards. Make sure that these goals are attainable. You know what the ultimate goal is, but reward yourself for meeting the smaller milestones in between. This can really help you stay motivated because you feel like you’re making progress when you celebrate the small achievements. For instance, if you want to lose 20 pounds, treat yourself to something special every time you lose five. This could be a new haircut, a spa treatment or any other thing that tickles your fancy.
Track your progress. Seeing the numbers on the scale drop is a useful visual aid, but it isn’t usually enough. You can find a great fitness app for Android or iPhone devices that can show how far you’ve come. If you ever start to feel like you’re failing, just take a look at a chart or graph showing what you’ve accomplished so far. It’s easy to ignore the progress that you’ve made when the road ahead looks so long. Looking back from time to time is an excellent way to stay motivated.
Make it a group effort. You don’t have to do this alone. Find a weight loss buddy in your circle of friends or recruit a family member. Better yet, organize a weight loss group! You can all support each other and make losing weight a social activity. It will also help you stay on track because there will be someone to talk to when you’re feeling weak. Going to the gym with a group of friends is a lot more fun than going by yourself and you’re less likely to stop working out. Joining an excercise class together is also a great way to have fun losing weight together. Yoga and Zumba are two popular exercise classes offered at many gyms.
Forgive yourself. This is the most important thing to remember if you are trying to lose weight. If you give in and have a treat that you feel like you shouldn’t eat or if you take a day off of exercise, it’s okay. If you’re too hard on yourself or if you set your expectations too high, you’re more likely to give up rather than stay on track. It’s okay to indulge every once in a while and there’s nothing wrong with taking a break. It’s easy to overdo it and your body might need some extra rest. As long as you can stay motivated to continue on and get back on track, don’t beat yourself up over it. Punishing yourself mentally for falling off of the wagon only turns weight loss into a negative thing. Remember that this is a lifestyle change and you want to be healthier. It doesn’t mean that you have to starve yourself or that you can never have your favorite treats again. All things in moderation is key. Figure out what you can live with for the rest of your life and go from there.
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