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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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