If you’re like me motivation is something that is hard to maintain, throughout my weight loss journey it has ebbed and flowed. I’m a real person—it is hard for me to motivate myself to get up early for a run or pass by the doughnuts. When I hit a low patch of motivation I can usually snap out of it one of these ways.
1. Remember Why
Why did I start doing this in the first place? I started to lose weight because I wanted to feel good about myself again! I also wanted to do my part to ensure that I had a healthy, active, meaningful life. I never wanted to be sidelined. I didn’t want diabetes; I didn’t want to feel winded chasing my child; I wanted to be lighter; I wanted to be a more confident, happy me.
For you that are still on the fence—make a list of all the personal benefits of getting healthy (being a more active parent, fitting in that dress), then make a list of all the negatives (finding room in your schedule, sweatiness). I believe you will see that the positives far outweigh the negatives. And if you need help with your list just say so in the comments—I love making lists!
2. Sign Up For An Event
Awaken your competitive streak! Try a local 5K, an online challenge, an app like Gympact (it pays you to go to the gym!), even a “bet” with a coworker, spouse, or sibling to see who can get the most days of exercise or lose the most pounds in a month! Put your money or pride on the line and you will dig up some motivation fast!
3. Get Back to Basics
Think like a rookie! Remember back to your first weeks…tracking religiously, finding little ways to move more, eating super clean, start acting like a newbie and you’ll start losing like a newbie– which is great motivation! Journal about your journey or review past journal entries for added inspiration.
4. Try Something New
Check out yoga, Zumba, a kickboxing class, trail running, swimming, tennis or disc golf! Get moving in a fresh way! Whenever I’m feeling burnt out on my strength, running, yoga routine I mix things up with a bike ride, walk, or kickboxing video. Even changing up a little thing like lifting lighter weights for higher reps will shake up your brain AND your body which always gives me new motivation.
5. Find a Friend
Enlist a friend to be your new workout/healthy eating buddy! When their motivation wanes, you can cheer them on—and when you are feeling burnt out their energy can give you a zap! When my motivation is low, especially with healthy eating, I check in via text with my mom or sister. Knowing that I’m being held accountable by a real live person who won’t take my crap is powerful motivation!
6. Read Healthy Living Book, Watch an Inspirational Movie or TV show or Browse a Fitness Magazine
Last week I got a total surprise of the latest Weight Watchers magazine in my mailbox! I have no idea how that happened, but (after checking my billing history and online banking) it gave my ability to make healthy choices a midweek boost. If you are on a tight budget (like yours truly!) you can check out books and browse magazines at your local library! That’s where I got Drop Dead Healthy and if you have an awesome library like mine they might be in the midst of a summer reading program which gives you a chance to win some pretty neat local prizes. Or you can watch an inspirational movie, like Soul Surfer or a TV show like Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (love the Powells!)—seeing others overcome difficulty and achieve their goals is so challenging!
7. Check Out Non-Traditional Media, like Blogs and Pinterest!
If you need a quick boost or fitness pick-me-up check out your favorite healthy living fitness blogs! I love the Fitnessista, but I also enjoy reading smaller blogs with a more personal feel too! You can browse tons of great bloggers at FitFluential. If you’re not motivated enough by these great bloggers you can always check out Pinterest! My one advice for this source of motivation is to set a timer! I could spend hours browsing the blogosphere and probably even longer bumming around Pinterest! When your timer dings your time is up and you need to start implementing your motivation! (<<<that’s another post for another day!)
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How do you stay motivated to reach your healthy living goals?
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