Willpower and Weight Loss:
Any long-term goal which takes persistence and focus is hard to achieve. Willpower is like a muscle and the more you flex it, the more fatigued it gets. This is what makes staying on track really hard, especially when it comes to weight loss. Sometimes it can also make it feel like failure is lurking right around the corner. A lot of people create goals and begin to take action only to fall off the wagon an hour in, a week in, or even a few months later. Remember, this is a marathon not a sprint. These are healthy habits you’re creating for a lifelong change. Be proud of yourself for the gains you make and understand one mistake or one slip isn’t an excuse for a major backslide. Nothing can ruin your progress unless you allow it. Here are 5 things you can do to stay on track with your weight loss journey:
Weight Loss Motivation Tip 1:
Create realistic, clear goals: Have you ever heard of S.M.A.R.T goals? Specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time bound. It’s hard to achieve a goal which doesn’t meet the criteria of SMART goals.
Weight Loss Motivation Tip 2:
Setup a support system: Support systems encourage and motivate us to keep going when we feel low. The people outside of you can remind you why you’re on your weight loss journey. They remind you what you’re doing when you get caught up in the negative thoughts and feelings of the moment and feel like throwing in the towel. Let your support system in on your weight loss goals and be precise and reasonable in communicating what you need from them. Most people are willing to help if you ask and if it doesn’t take too much of their time. These people will also help hold you accountable to what you said you wanted in the first place.
Weight Loss Motivation Tip 3:
Treat yo’ self: In an ideal world we would all have the intrinsic motivation to just keep tirelessly marching through the mud without anything else but the mental gratification that we’re going to reach that weight loss goal. That’s not real life! I am a huge sneaker fan, and when I reach certain goals I promise myself a new pair of sneakers. I avoid using food as a reward or punishment because food is a necessity not something to be earned. Especially when your goal is related to weight loss, using food in that way could be a bad trap.
Weight Loss Motivation Tip 4:
Focus on the gains: It is so easy to see how far we need to go and lose sight of all we’ve done. Focusing on what’s left to accomplish can be overwhelming. See the big picture but don’t lose sight of the small steps.
Weight Loss Motivation Tip 5:
Create daily habits: Remember all that talk about willpower? Well, when you create habits (which may involve using willpower at first) then it becomes automatic. You’re no longer flexing that muscle trying to force or convince yourself to do something you may not want to do in that moment. These habits also create structure around your day and make you feel successful.
I can see you’re ready to keep moving toward your goal because you took the time to get to the end of this. You have the power within you to change your life. KEEP. GOING.
Blog Spot Highlight:
- We like “Diary of an Aspiring Maintainer” because she shows us how it’s a life long journey and it doesn’t stop once the weight is gone.
- From exercise to recipes to just living her life, Kelly from “No Thanks To Cake” provides all you need to stay motivated on your weight loss journey.