Weight Loss Motivation: The "Secret" to Getting Started
This article will be a swift kick in the pants for some… a motivational call to action. For others, it will be an eye-rolling waste of time. Here’s the deal: I have a “secret” to motivating yourself to finally lose weight. It’s called …
Get. Off. Your. Behind.
Easier said than done though, right? Think about how many hours you waste per day. I know what you’re probably thinking, “I work my butt off and I’m busy when I come home, so I deserve some down time.”
Fair enough. But hear me out for a minute. We’re all busy. And you can either keep making excuses about why you’re still overweight or you can do something about it. Which do you choose?
It’s really that simple, folks.
Motivation means doing. Do something. Anything. Except for sitting on the couch watching TV for 5 hours a day (that’s the average in the U.S.). That’s pathetic. Even if you watch 3 hours of TV a night, what’s stopping you from taking just 1 of those hours 4-5 days a week to exercise?
The answer is…
You’re holding yourself back. Not your busy schedule. Not your kids. Not your job. If you want something badly enough, then you have to be willing to make sacrifices to go and get it. You have 1,440 minutes every day to spend how you choose. Make the choice to take 30-60 minutes in each of those to get some exercise and prepare healthy foods.
Here are some tips to get you going.
4 Steps for Getting Started
1. Honestly assess your “reasons why.” Knowing what you want is easy for most people. But honestly assessing why you want it is another story. It’s uncomfortable because it exposes your insecurities. So really think about it: why do you want to lose weight? For most people, it’s because they don’t like how they look or feel. They feel nervous to be around others in a bathing suit. They are embarrassed that they’re 20 pounds heavier than they were last year. They are depressed. These feelings are normal. Embrace them. Be honest with yourself. It’s the first step to motivating yourself to lose weight, and one of the most important.
2. Set goals. When you get to the point when you can assess and identify your weight loss triggers and emotional insecurities, it’s time to set some goals for yourself. Start with itty-bitty goals and work your way up… setting unattainable goals is the quickest route to failure. And be specific: for example, one of your goals may be “lose 1 pound in 30 days.”
3. Formulate a plan. Next, create a game plan for how you’re going to accomplish your goals. The logical first step: get a planner. It can be a desk calendar, a document on your computer, or a physical daily planner you can write in. The important part is to be able to write down your plans for each day and track your progress moving forward. I use a daily planner to create check lists of each healthy behavior I want to accomplish for the day. Then I write down what I did and check that item off the list as I complete it, which leads us to the fourth and final step.
4. Execute the plan. Here’s an example of how to do it: if my goal is to “lose 1 pound in 30 days,” part of my plan to accomplish this would be to “eat 4 or more servings of veggies every day this week.” Every day I would write how I have accomplished that goal (i.e., “ate 3 cups of lettuce, a bag of carrots, and a tomato”). You’ll be amazed at how gratifying this feels to see your progress in action.
So there you have it: the “secret” to getting started with weight loss motivation… is to get started. The question is how will you do that? Let us know below.
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