Becoming motivated is about finding reasons to keep you focused. The first step to weight loss motivation is creating a list of things you want to get out of losing weight. What is your why?
Carry around a note pad and pen for a few days and write down every benefit you can think of that relates to weight loss. This will become your personal motivation list, which you can refer to when you begin your program. You can also refer to it to keep you motivated and focused on your weight loss goals. ‘
Here are some examples of things to add to your list:
- More energy to spend quality time with friends and family.
- Being able to fit into all your clothes.
- Wanting to live a long and healthy life.
- Achieving confidence being in public.
- Being able to go up stairs without breathing heavily.
- Be more active.
Be sure to make a long, extensive list. This may not seem important, but it is critical to be able to read this list when your motivation to exercise is waning. It’s a powerful way to quickly get “re-motivated”.
More Way to Stay Motivated
Exercise with a friend. Statistics tell us that people who exercise with a friend are more successful at exercising consistently. You can keep each other accountable. Knowing that someone is waiting for you to exercise with them can be great motivation to show up and get it done.
Exercise first thing in the morning, every morning. Our bodies were made to be active on a daily basis and people who in the morning, are more successful at exercising consistently.
Train for a local 5k or 10k walk or run in your area. This can be great motivation to exercise on a regular basis. Train with some friends and you will make fitness fun.
Reward yourself. Think of things you want to buy for yourself and don’t buy it until you attain your weight loss goals. Some examples are a new outfit, a book you’ve been want to read, a movie you’ve wanted to see, or get your nails done etc. These are surefire rewards to keep you eating healthy and working out.
Keep records. Write down your exercise time (minutes) each day. Keep a running total for the month and year. Calculate your average exercise time per day. Another great idea is to get a fitness tracker and set goals for a certain number of steps per day.
Make your exercise as enjoyable as possible. For example, if you’re a walker, you may want to get a good CD player to listen to music or books on tape, etc. If you’re exercising inside, set up a TV so that you can watch it while exercising. On the other hand, you may just prefer peace and quiet. Do whatever makes exercise most enjoyable for you. You are much more likely to exercise consistently if you enjoy it.
Wear good shoes that are appropriate for what you’re doing. Injuries seriously affect your motivation to exercise. Most people, especially walkers and runners, wear their shoes far too long. Worn out shoes will make you much more prone to injuries.
Stay motivated and you will soon be seeing the positive results you are looking for.