Motivate Me Lose Weight

This article is about the motivation to lose weight and the methods that people have at their disposal to use.

In the mindset of most people today everyone knows that if you are overweight, that it is not good for your health.

With that knowledge, one may think that it would be an easy thing to find the proper motivation to lose the extra pounds.

Many times we hear friends or co-workers make off-handed comments about starting a diet or better eating habits tomorrow.

Comments of that nature are coming from the knowledge that they need to do something but the motivation is not there.

How do we find, generate, or maintain the proper motivation to do what is in our best interest?

Keep the Doctors Away!

Health consequences are a good motivating factor when the effects are noticeable enough to get the person’s attention.

In my experience, the health effects get overlooked when a busy lifestyle distracts my mind from a focus on health issues.

Because of the progress made since July of last year, and not wanting to lose ground due to the increased demands of my time.

Work Projects are fun and challenging, but they can easily distract people from other priorities like maintaining a healthy diet.

Motivate Yourself Lose Weight

Motivating yourself to do anything in life is going to require some level of introspection. Finding your “WHY,” which is that thing that is going to drive you to do the necessary steps for success.

One of the best sayings in this area of thinking is: “When the going gets tough – the tough get going.”

What that means to me is that when things do not go your way; you must be disciplined to stay on the course.

Some areas of life this is an easy thing to do; mostly because of the years of discipline it took to make that particular activity seem comfortable.

An example of this type of discipline is a work ethic that makes completing projects for my employer easy for me, even when following all the rules and regulations that are involved, getting the job done on time and under budget.

Working on getting it done

Abilities like a good work ethic have disciplines that can be learned and implemented into another form; apply this discipline to support health issues like sticking to a new eating plan.

It is essential to focus on your particular strengths when looking for the motivation to start or maintain your plan.

Everyone has different strengths and areas that can be improved. Patience is something that people with large amounts of weight to lose, need to have.

With the realistic expectation of losing one or two pounds a week losing a hundred pounds is going to take a long time to do and you have to be willing to maintain the dietary and exercise routines over the extended period.

Obstacles to Losing Weight

With the conveniences of modern life, there are more obstacles to losing weight and maintaining a healthy diet, than are the things in place to support a person.

This phenomenon is why there is such a problem with obesity, and it is tough to battle once you are over-weight.

Identifying the obstacles, which will derail your weight loss efforts, is going to be crucial in maintaining your program.

For some of us, that is easy to do, but many people struggle with being honest with themselves in this area. One must be honest with themselves to be successful.

It took many years before I was ready to admit that I was not completely honest with myself in the area of food.

New clean diet plan

Even after deciding to change my eating habits, it is a battle that is always present in mind.

That is my biggest obstacle for myself and many other people as well. Once your mind is set to the task; the opposite force is there trying to pull you in the other direction.

For people with issues choosing the right foods that direction will come in the form of a simple thought that says it is okay to cheat a little.

The problem with cheating is that you will feel like crap later and then end up “falling off of the wagon,” and compromise yourself right out of the program that you started.

The weakest point for most people is when someone close to them is trying to be nice and offers them something that is not on their diet plan.

How they decide to handle this beforehand is what is going to make or break them in the end.

Tips on Weight Loss

The best tips on weight loss are going to be what works for you. What works for one person is not going to be the best thing for everyone.

There are many similarities in people, and we can draw from the experiences of others, but we will have to test the results out on ourselves before we know if it is going to work.

Personal Trainers will tell you the standard stuff, and then they are going to have to watch to see what is working and make adjustments.

If we do not have the time or resources to use a Personal Trainer then must do the activities that they do for their clients.

Personal Trainer

The good part is that there is so much information online; you do not need a Personal Trainer.

Training yourself “Become Your Own Personal Trainer” is the best way to get in position to be successful in your mind. If that statement is scary to you, think of making baby steps towards that goal.

It may take longer to accomplish but in the end, you will be much stronger and will not need to rely on someone else to reach your weight loss goals.

The frustrations that you face are going to build character and make you more prepared for facing other situations in life.

Ways to Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight

Once you have your “WHY” in place; find things that strengthen your position.

People that have diabetes will be motivated to control their blood sugar readings. There are all kinds of tools that will assist someone in doing that.

On my desk, I keep the “Living Well With Diabetes.” It is a self-care workbook loaded with all sorts of helpful information.

Focus on making goals that will strengthen the process that you are going to use to achieve your overall weight loss goals.

There is an acronym for this process “SMART.”

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable
  3. Achievable
  4. Realistic
  5. Time-Based

These types of goals are something that you can do and work on the mental strength to stick to them.

Write down your goals…

Knowing what you can stick to and what you are not ready to attempt yet is key to being able to build on your successes.

Whatever you decide to do must become part of your lifestyle to make it permanent and the changes will become part of who you are.

Write the goals down on a journal and be honest about it, whether you share the journal with anyone else is entirely up to you and there are pros and cons to either direction.

The most important part is, to be honest with yourself!

Commit yourself like you are committing to something that you place great importance on now, and would not think of not completing the task at hand.

That “something” maybe your job, your family, or even your faith. This commitment is to yourself and will make you better in towards all these areas of life.


Finds the motivation within yourself, and no one will be able to take it away from you.

The best part is that you will not feel the need to blame someone else for not achieving your weight loss goals.

With the proper motivation, you are going to reach your weight loss goals, and then you will be prepared to maintain the changes.

Take the time necessary to do the introspection and set realistic goals that are easily achievable, then build on the successes that you have.

Hope that this post is encouraging to those who are struggling with the weight loss issues.

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20 comments on “Motivate Me Lose Weight

  • Wayne says:

    Hello, Chad and thanks for this informative post.  These tips and encouragements are simple and easy to implement and could be applied to just about any part of one’s life.  Weight loss, building a career, even starting an online business.

    Of all of these, there does need to, First, be a “Why” otherwise you have nothing and, then setting goals that are “SMART.” Love the acronym.  It is applicable in many situations and the “A” – Achievable stood out for me.

    Don’t try to lose 20 lbs in the first month.  It may be achievable, but one could be setting themselves up for failure if that’s too high.  A better goal might be ten or five. Start small, accomplish that goal and you’ll feel better about setting the bar a little higher.

    I am going to take these tips and apply them to what I have been trying to do online.  I believe they could help a lot.

    I realize it’s not what you had in mind when you wrote this post but, I’m feeling a little inspired because of this so, thanks again,

    Wayne (Wayne66)

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thank you, Wayne, for sharing your thoughts on this topic. The inspiration for this post came from the discipline that is in another part of my life and something that I am transferring to my dietary habits.

      The “WHY” is so vital to everything that people do, but especially in the area of food choices for people who are struggling with making the correct decisions consistently. 

      Great point that you reiterate about picking a goal that is doable and building on the successes that you have. That is how you develop the discipline necessary in any area of life.

  • Paul says:

    Hi, I am very impressed by your web site layout, content and look. The information on the website is very informative and also easy to read with great flow. 

    I think it is great how you are going into many subjects around dieting and health, eg, how energy drinks are not as good for you as people understand them to be or the information a lot of us don’t read on packaging for a protein bar that has excess amounts of sugar in them. 

    I feel the web site will do very good, and I also want to know how high on google your site ranked?  I think it should be near the top with the information you have within the website and under each subject thanks Paul

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for your comments, Paul. Glad to see you browsed my site and like the information and the presentation as well. I have spent many hours learning and fine-tuning the themes. 

      Writing better content is coming with time, just passed the 50,000-word mark and have over 65 posts and pages done in the block format. 

      To answer your question, every post that I have made to the website is indexed in Google, and when you search the keywords in “quotes” they all come up on the first page 

  • Mary says:

    Great article that so many can relate. With the right guidance and the correct motivation, losing weight is doable, but not easy. 

    It’s not easy to stay motivated when it comes to diet especially if there is a lot of temptations around you. 

    I’ve found that the most important thing in weight loss is developing a combination of habits that promote an overall healthy lifestyle. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thank you for your comments, Mary, you are right about the temptations that are put in front of us every day. 

      People offer sweets to be social in most cases, is something that each person must address with a workable solution that does not offend the people that are providing the desserts.

      One of the more difficult food offers that is hard to turn down, is the meals when presented at the business functions. It is all about the attitude and the tone and texture that you let the people know about your dietary restrictions.

  • Cheri says:

    This post is quite a timely article for me. Once upon a time, I had a high level of motivation towards staying active and eating the healthiest of diets. Still, once I hit menopause, I started gaining weight despite my healthy habits, and I “threw in the towel” to an extent. 

    You are so right that motivation to change (anything, but especially in weight loss) really must come from inside. You’ve inspired me to spend a little more time exploring the reasons why I no longer “care like I used to.” I think there are many reasons…the worst of which is that it’s just more difficult for me now to see positive results. 

    But just because I won’t look like I’m 20 anymore, that doesn’t mean the efforts aren’t bringing me optimum health for my age. I think it’s time I buckle down and, as you suggest, get SMART with some of my goals. Thank you for your insights.

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for your comment Cheri, you are correct in that for older people we are not going to look like we are in our twenties. That is not a realistic goal for people in most cases anyway!

      The important thing is that you are in the best health that you can be and can do the physical stuff that you want to. Also, it is a big plus to be able to do things to help out others.

      Glad that you found the article useful and that you got some motivation out of it for yourself.

  • Wendy says:

    This article is a great post. I relate to it on so many levels. 

    I was overweight for many years, and one thing I call tell you is that you have to be ready emotionally to make a change and you need to have a huge “why,” just as you said. 

    When it comes to weight loss, it is hard work! 

    But if you are not ready to make a change, you will not be able to lose weight. Also, you can’t do it for anyone else; you have to do it for yourself. In other words, motivation has to come from within the person. 

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thank you for your comments and for sharing your experience with weight loss.

      You bring up an excellent point that weight loss requires a lot of work! It has to be something that you want more than anything else “food-related,” and then you have to go through the transforming of your mind.

      After all, it is coming from within the person just as you said and the thought process of the person has to align with the program to accomplish the weight loss.

  • LeNard Simmons says:

    Thank you for sharing this post. Motivation starts with having the right mindset. A person can say they are going to start today losing weight, but if they never get started, it’s not just because they aren’t motivated enough. 

    They may be afraid of the changes they are going to face and changing their lifestyle. Think about all the stuff required to lose weight; eating healthy foods, keeping your potions down, exercising, take your diet pill if you use them, and the list goes on. Now I’m not motivated to lose weight.

    But, if I slowly start working on some of the things I’ve let get out of hand over the years, I can slowly begin to create better habits. I can lose weight ~LeNard

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thank you, Lenard, for your comments and insights on the process that many people go through when trying to lose weight. We all go through times when we are too busy to do the right thing when it comes to making the right dietary choices.

      Remembering that the most critical part of the process is to make the changes a lifestyle change if we do this the changes from losing weight will become permanent.

  • Cathy says:

    Over the past six months, I’ve been gaining some weight around the waist and arms areas. If I recall, it’s likely due to a lot of stress at work which indirectly lead me to eat more. 

    Unfortunately, I tend to reach out to high carbo food, and I couldn’t find the time to exercise either. I should be more disciplined with my diet habit, and I am starting by preparing my lunch to work. 

    At least, that way I can control what I eat.

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for your comments Cathy, I know what you are talking about with the extra stress we get from the job. This is something that is always there and it is a battle to not reach for the wrong things like the sweets.

      Preparing your lunch is an excellent way to ensure that you have the correct choice available to you every day. 

      Planning the entire week is something that took some getting used too, but once the habit is in place, it is what makes the difference in staying consistent.

  • Stone says:

    This article is full of sound motivational advice for not just how to lose weight, but pretty much how to accomplish any goal that you set for yourself. 

    But as it pertains to weight loss, one of the problems I have is the inability to stay consistent with my diet. 

    I exercise regularly, and that has made me feel better and stay relatively healthy. But my diet is inconsistent, I eat very well one week and fall back into bad habits the next week. Salt and fatty foods are my biggest weaknesses. I love chips and red meat. 

    I am also about 15 pounds overweight, despite regular exercise. I know it is my food choices. Thanks for the advice on how to motivate me to make better decisions.

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, and the honesty to admit where you lack in your dietary choices. 

      Making the wrong choices is so easy to do, and many people find themselves making the wrong choices too many times. It is something that takes a concerted effort to do but is worth it in the long run.

      Build from the exercise that you already have established a good habit with and the diet will come along when you focus some energy in that direction. 

  • Ed says:

    Thanks for the great tips on motivating me to lose weight.

    A few years ago I had a life change, going into retirement. Every year after that I gained weight until I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror.

    By making efforts to motivate myself I was able to lose weight and am now comfortable with myself. Diets don’t work. It is lifestyle changes. Saying no to sweets, between meal snacks, and calorie loaded junk food. Also exercise. Doesn’t matter what, just find the time and do it.

    Keep up the good work.


    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for your comments Ed, you are right about making it a lifestyle. This concept is something that is easy to understand but very difficult to do! It is good to hear when people have success in their weight loss goals and is a source of encouragement to others.

  • Kenny says:

    Hello and yes I do agree that as with anything losing weight is all about getting the drive to do it. I find it a real problem personally as I like my sweet stuff and Coca Cola. I really want to lose the extra weight and I know need to start soon as I’m not getting any younger. I will definitely be looking more at your site in the future. Thanks Kenny 

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for your comments Kenny and glad that you found the information useful. We are trying to provide our readers with exceptional knowledge and motivation to get healthier. Hope to hear from you again.

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