It’s the start of day 6 of the diet and so far so good. I’ve been on plan, i’m still motivated and i’m hoping for a decent loss when I weigh in on Monday morning. As you may or may not know, I lost nearly 2 stone on Slimming World a couple of years ago. Since then, i’ve managed to put pretty much all of it back on but i’ve decided it’s now time for me to finally lose this weight (and keep it off) once and for all.
Right now i’m feeling motivated to shift this weight, but the negative part of me in the back of my mind is worried that this determination just won’t last. It’s happened before, i’ve started a diet with the best intentions and 2 weeks in have just given up and gone back to being a pig and so this time i’m preempting this happening. I’ve done some research on keeping motivated and while a lot of it either didn’t apply to me personally or just didn’t seem realistic there was a few things that made sense, here’s what i’ve taken from my research and what I think will work for me.
My Steps To Keeping Motivated
Set a realistic goal – you want to set a goal that is actually achievable, expecting to lose 10 pound in a week is unrealistic. Sit down and really think about what you want and how long it will realistically take to achieve it.
List the reasons you want to accomplish your goal – this is simple, why do you want to lose weight? To be happier in yourself, more comfortable in your clothes, health reasons etc.
Break down your goal into smaller targets, and set rewards for hitting targets – losing weight is a long process, sometimes taking years. Once you have figured out where you want to be, break down your goal into smaller more achievable targets and decide how you will reward yourself for hitting each target. Try to avoid rewarding yourself with food though, think more along the lines of a spa treatment, a new top, a DVD, trip to the cinema etc.
At every weigh in, remind yourself of your goal – whether you have lost weight that week or not, remember why you are doing this. Remind yourself of the reasons you want to lose weight to keep yourself on track. If you feel your motivation faltering, try asking yourself this question “If I stopped my diet now, how would I feel in 6 months time?”.
Keep track of your progress – it doesn’t matter if you write it down on a piece of paper, in a diary, or have a chart up on the wall just make sure you keep track of your weight loss so you can look back on how far you’ve come and feel proud of that.
Pick something you will look forward to wearing and hang it somewhere you will see it – have you got a dress or a top in your wardrobe you’ve always wanted to wear but never felt comfortable in? If yes, hang it on the outside of your wardrobe where you will see it and be reminded of it every morning. If you don’t have the space to do this then take a photo of it and put that photo on your mirror, your fridge, or even the screen on your phone, computer or tablet.
Don’t be too hard on yourself – you are only human and you will not lose weight every week no matter how hard you try, don’t let this stop you from trying though. Sometimes life will get in the way, you might be invited to a party or out for a meal, or maybe you will just really really want a pizza and will give into your craving, when this happens just make the most of it, enjoy yourself and then move on. Feeling guilty WILL NOT HELP!!!
Motivational images – a quick google search will bring up articles, posters, quotes, before and after pictures etc. Sometimes looking at something like a before and after photo of someone who has lost weight or a motivational quote will give you that little kick you need. Here are a few that i’ve saved to keep me going.
Stay positive – just try to stay positive about where you are heading and remember that everyone has set backs, but that doesn’t mean you won’t reach your goal. Keep going, stay positive and be happy!
Thanks for reading, in my next post, part 2 of keeping motivated, I will go into more detail of my goals and targets.