The key to starting and maintaining motivation during your weight loss journey is to be relentless and consistent in reminding yourself of your personal goals. Finding unique ways throughout your journey to connect with your weight loss goals is helpful when building good lifestyle habits. Your weight loss journey is not only about physically losing weight, but also about building good psychological and emotional self support. Visualizing a goal can help you realize it.
Here are a few things that you can do to help build self-motivation during your weight loss journey:
Keep a Weight Loss Journal
A weight loss journal can help you physically keep tabs on your fitness goals and progress in a more personal way. You’re able to keep track of daily motivators, setbacks, small progressions, that help you see your journey as a whole and up close. Grab a notebook you may have lying around, collect some of your favorite fitness and health magazines (Self, Shape, Women’s Health, etc.) and tear out and cut inspirational photos to place in your notebook. Attach these photos throughout the pages of your notebook and use it as a canvas to document a little each day.
Jot down what you eat, how you’re feeling, what your struggles are, reminders or words of encouragement to keep you motivated. You can even start an online Pinterest board or online Google document or folder to keep your inspiration with you on-the-go!
Schedule Fitness as a Priority
If you use an actual physical daily or weekly planner, set aside time in your busy week to schedule workouts, meditations, meal prepping, all the little components that make up your weight loss journey. You can mark these days with cute stickers and decorate those spaces when you follow through with your schedule and set new accomplishments.
Read Your Waistline, Not Just Your Scale
Record your initial body measurements and BMI, along with your weight, before you start your weight loss journey and then at the beginning of each week that passes. Asking your doctor or a fitness or nutrition professional to take your initial measurements can also be helpful so that they may also show you the correct body positions and how to use this data. A week by week documentation of all these numbers can give you a better idea of your overall progress you might not see by just looking in the mirror or stepping on a scale.
Keep Your Goal Photos Handy
Keeping inspiring photos of yourself or others within your target goal range visible is a very useful motivation trick. Stick a photo on your fridge to serve as a visual reminder every time you reach into the fridge. Set your phone’s background picture to a motivational quote or image. Blast workout music to get ready for the gym. These little reminders may keep you pushing through the cravings and desires to give up.
Take a Before and During Photos
Take a photo of yourself when you start and one of you every week or every two weeks. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see a drastic change week to week, but keep on registering the little changes because sooner or later you’ll see big results.
Keep Before and After Clothing Handy
Seeing the physical difference between your biggest size of clothing worn and your goal size can be helpful in visualizing your weight loss journey. But remember, it’s important to consult your doctor or healthcare professional when choosing to embark on a weight loss journey.
Join a Facebook group
There are several Facebook groups out there to help support and motivate you throughout your fitness journey. You don’t have to go through it alone! Having a strong and supportive community can help you stay on track.
Keep At It
Even if you fail, you will have to learn how to pick yourself up and start over. We all make mistakes. It’s how we handle them and what we learn from them that makes us better. Don’t be hard on yourself if you fail – even after one day. You can do this!
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