Truth be told, the hardest part about losing weight is not really the physical exercise nor keeping a good diet. It is the consistency of motivating oneself to actually lose weight – the constant struggles to keep the momentum of motivation to maintain such exercise routine and healthy diet.
The good thing is, this dilemma is not something which is beyond our control. We can always condition ourselves to maintain such motivation and meet our goal of shedding off those extra pounds.
- Have a vision for yourself and ask yourself why you want to undergo the process of losing weight
This is the general rule of all transformations. Before the actual process is to begin, you have got to have a concrete idea of what you want to become after.
Without first establishing and acknowledging what you want to achieve for yourself, the rest of the things mentioned after this will be useless because you don’t have the proper grounding and firm foundation for your goals.
One must have a vision of her future self once he or she has set to become a better version of themselves so that whenever you feel like quitting your journey to becoming your healthier self, you just have to look back and be reminded why you started.
- Do away with sabotaging thoughts
Instead of describing how delicious the chocolate cake someone has left for you in your mind and how it makes you hungry, think how you have only eaten your breakfast just hours ago or that hours from that moment of temptation you are going to have your lunch so that you can avoid such cravings.
Practice helpful thinking when encountering challenges in your diet and exercise plan. Helpful thinking is the exercise of the mind. It is a difficult process of instilling discipline in your mind to achieve the consistency of turning down or shutting down temptations. This is not something that you can do over night. Test yourself if you can practice helpful thinking for at least a week. If you manage to do it straight, then your diet plan can work out for you.
- Create a list of advantages of losing weight and memorize them
One of the secrets of an individual who want to keep himself or herself motivated is in knowing the advantages of what he or she will get out of the efforts one is putting into what one is doing.
Whenever you feel that you are about to lose control of your willingness to continue your diet or exercise routine, make a mental list of all the advantages that you will be getting from losing weight. These reminders will help you be back on track.
This mental list will automatically pop into your mind whenever you are tempted to stop or have doubts regarding your diet and exercise plan.
- If mental lists are not your thing, a picture a day could be your motivation
Thank goodness for cameras, it is no longer difficult to document weight loss journeys. A picture a day is a good thing to keep track of your weight loss transformation. Sometimes, the scale doesn’t show you the subtle changes that you need to keep you motivated. Sometimes, the scale shows that you have lost weight but your body feel otherwise and you just need past and present comparison to see for yourself, right?
- Focus on your goals as well as your feelings
It is important that you know your goals — like hitting your target weight for the month but more than this, you also have to assess whether it is commensurate to how you feel about your body. Are you happy about it? The ideal situation is that you reach your goal and still feel good about it. In the worst case that you haven’t reach your goal, before feeling disappointed it is best to assess if you still feel good about your body. If you feel healthier than before even if not reaching your target weight for the moment then there is no point in feeling down. You just must continue with your exercise routine and diet plan.
- Reward Yourself
Losing weight is a sacrifice for your taste buds but you can compensate such temporary loss by pampering yourself in other ways. It won’t hurt to reward yourself occasionally if you reach your goals for the moment. What we mean by reward, are those things you find pleasure other than food. Sweet treats are some no-no. Cheat days are just excuses in disguise to break your diet. Remember, cheating is cheating.
- Give in to cravings – but do it the vegan way!
You are human. It is normal that you would want a burger. Who doesn’t anyway? Thank goodness for vegan burgers, pizza, spaghetti and all things vegan. You can cure that doubtful heart that makes you want to stop your weight loss journey.
- Develop self-love and appreciation
It is best to understand that your reason for losing weight should not be because you hate how you are. But if it happens that it is your reason for doing so, during your weight loss journey you must develop your self-love and appreciation. Remind yourself that you are undergoing such transformation because you love yourself and you want to be better. It is easier to go through this difficult journey if you have a deeper appreciation for your own self.
If you are in a weight loss journey today, you can re-assess yourself and make adjustments about how you see yourself or how you do your weight loss program. Start making that difference.
If you haven’t started your weight loss journey yet, you just got lucky! Just remember, it starts with a vision and follow the rest of the tips included here. With a good diet plan, exercise routine and a positive and healthy mindset, you are good to go! Learn these things and spread the word! Share with your friends and be each other’s motivation to lose weight. Goodbye love handles!