“Being inspired is fine for a week, and being motivated might work for a month or so, but to make any lifestyle change last a lifetime, you need dedication.” – John Bingham
If you’re on a weight-loss journey or you’re about to embark on one, you know it’s hard work. Weight loss is just as much mental as it is physical, and the decisions you make each day add up to affect your weight. It’s also a journey you’ll take for the rest of your life, even if you reach a healthy weight and focus on maintenance.
Some days will be harder than others, and those are the days that require extra strength and motivation. To keep you energized and focused on your health goals, incorporate these strategies into your weight management plan.
Ways to Stay Motivated
Boost Your Body Image
Research repeatedly shows that having a poor relationship with your body complicates weight loss. Taking steps to improve your body image can help you manage your weight and turn healthy behaviors into a lifestyle. A few tips:
- Acknowledge what you appreciate about your body (physical or functional)
- Surround yourself with positive people
- Exercise regularly to build self-confidence
- Engage in regular acts of self-care
Find an Exercise You Enjoy
You are more likely to stay active if you enjoy it. Try to align your physical activity with things you like to do. If you’re keen on nature, walk more nature trails or ride your bike through the park. If you love to dance, consider a group fitness class like Zumba or Spin.
Look for Non-scale Victories
The scale is not the only indicator of your hard work. For example, you can measure progress by looking at your energy levels or how your clothes fit. If exercises you couldn’t do before are easier now, that’s a sign that your fitness level is improving.
Break Your Big Goals Down into Small Specific Ones
We all have long-term goals regarding our weight and health. Maybe you hope to lose a certain amount of weight by the end of the year or run your first marathon. Since these goals take time, set smaller ones too that you can reach faster. Your goals should be:
Reward Yourself without Using Food
Rather than splurging at a restaurant or going out for ice cream when you’ve accomplished something, find another way to reward your hard work. For instance, buy a new piece of clothing or take a fun day trip. Do something that sparks joy and encourages you.
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