How To Get Motivated To Lose Weight

Is losing weight one of your New Year’s resolutions that’s been long forgotten? Well, it’s time to get motivated and get back on track!

Yes, you could hire some new age guru to teach you how to get motivated to lose weight through self affirmation or you can take some simple, easy steps yourself that will get the job done…and no chanting involved!

So what are you waiting for? Here’s a few tips to help you get going…

How To Get Motivated To Lose Weight

Make it Fun

OK, let’s start gently. The first step to deciding to lose weight can be the trickiest, so congratulations for still reading. Now, let’s focus on what you can enjoy about losing weight.

Yes, make it fun! Get together with friends or co-workers for a lunchtime power walk. Do a sport or activity that makes you laugh. Go ten pin bowling. Try lawn bowls. Belly-dancing. Pole dancing. Buy a skipping rope and skip with your kids or your friends. Relive your youth and jump on a trampoline. Laugh and have fun! It will give you the motivation to lose weight because you’re guaranteed to go back and do it again.

Reward Yourself

What’s something you would love but wouldn’t normally do for yourself? Have a trip to a Spa? A mini-break? A decadent massage? A concert? A designer outfit? Well if you’re going to commit to losing weight, why not reward yourself for your hard work. Plan a reward for once you’ve achieved a major goal, and continue to reward yourself regularly along the way. It will keep you motivated and stop you feeling like you’re depriving yourself.

Set Some GoalsGoals

Yes, yes, setting goals feels like too much hard work doesn’t it. But let’s make them tiny to start with and once you start ticking them off your motivation will blossom. How about aiming to eat 2 salads a week. Then the next week, try walking for 15 minutes twice a week. See? Tiny! You can do this, and you can do more.

Throw in a “rest” week where you don’t set any new goals but just maintain the ones you already have. Who wants to be Arnold Schwarzenegger anyway.

Find a Buddy

Life’s so much better when friends are involved and the same goes if you need to lose weight. Make a date with a friend to go to the gym together. Swap healthy recipes. Swap motivational tips and stories. Enjoy your rewards together. Friends lift you when you’re down and you can do the same for them. Take it a step further and join a weight loss group and be surrounded by people who will inspire you to keep going.

Fixate on the Fridge

No, not what’s IN the fridge but what’s ON it. Cut out inspirational messages, photos and stories and stick them on your fridge to keep you motivated. And while you’re at it clean out all the unhealthy food in there and stock it up with delicious healthy food.

Getting motivated to lose weight doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You just need to keep things simple and break your goals down into small pieces that are easy to achieve. You’ll start to see progress and even though you might not lose all the weight in the beginning, the fact that you’re starting to see results will motivate you even more to keep going all the way!

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One Response to “How To Get Motivated To Lose Weight”

  • buharlacer says:

    Your advice is great, but I for one have struggled with my weight my entire life. I feel like I have tried everything, without long-lasting success, and that at the end of the road of each diet or exercise regime whilst I’ve lost weight, I haven’t then been able to maintain that weight loss and keep it off continuously. In some instances it even slowly creeps back on and then I find I’m back to square one again, and even less motivated than before. Some people must be better at dieting than others I suppose… do you have any suggestions?

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