If you follow the steps outlined below, you’ll have a better than fighting chance of staying motivated for the long haul and achieving you ideal healthy weight.
Step 1 – Taking Stock
The first step to long-term weight loss motivation is to affirm or remind yourself why you want to lose weight.
Here are some common reasons people choose to lose weight:
Whatever your reason, you have to believe that the costs of making significant changes are worth it. For most of us, this shouldn’t be hard; losing weight can have so many positive affects on our lives.
Step 2 – Taking Action
If you are ready to take action, set realistic goals and develop a plan.
Setting Realistic Goals
Like all goals, weight loss goals need to be S.M.A.R.T. In this context S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Realistic, Attainable and Timely.
For example, aiming to lose 10kgs in one week is setting yourself up to fail. But setting a goal to lose 5kgs over 3 or 6 months and when you’ve achieved that, aiming to lose a further 5kgs will keep you motivated.
Developing a Plan
Now it’s time to plan how you are going to achieve your goals.
Specific plans keep you on track and keep you motivated. The trick is to read them often and never be afraid to modify them as the need arises.
When writing your plan make sure it includes at least some of the following:
Step 3 – Reward successes
Rewarding yourself for sticking to your weight loss program is a great way to stay motivated.
Use positive rewards that are self-motivating and help you along the way to achieving your goals. Buy yourself an exercise bike or join the gym instead of rewarding yourself with fish and chips or a double serve of chocolate mud cake for dessert.
Focus on giving yourself small rewards for each step along your journey. For example, reward yourself with a CD after sticking to the first week of your modified eating or go to the movies.
It might be a good idea to leave bigger rewards, such as buying tickets to a concert or treating yourself to a vacation or a weekend trip for reaching long-term goals or you could end up costing yourself a fortune!