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You don’t need heaps of weight loss motivation for every second of the day in order to be successful! In fact, relying only on your motivation, will power, or self control is a great way to set yourself up for failure. Guess how I know! Having failed at weight loss multiple times in the past, I’ve lost 25 pounds so far in 2018. Here are some ways to keep the scale going down, even if your weight loss motivation falters.
Write Down Your Reasons
Of course we want to look better in clothes (or out of them!), not have to shop in the plus sizes, be more physically fit. But think about the even deeper reasons, even if they’re a bit embarrassing. Here’s one of mine: each year, in pictures from Emma’s birthday party, I look bigger and bigger! This year I’d like to reverse that trend. Read these reasons when you need a reminder to keep you going.
Envision Your Life
This is one of my favorite things to do while I exercise. I imagine myself being halfway to my goal, already needing to shop for new clothes. Or I imagine myself ten pounds from my goal. When I first started I imagined myself where I am now, at 25 pounds down! What do you look like? How do you feel? What are you eating? Use that picture, of a healthier you, to keep moving toward it!
Relying on habits and routines is the biggest reason that I’ve been successful so far! This takes self-discipline out of the equation. Thank goodness! If you’ve spent any time on my blog, you’ll know that I love routines. I use these daily flows to help me have healthy food ready before I get too hungry. I also meal prep dinners for the week on Mondays to avoid getting take-out. Having these choices already made for me makes it easier to say no to the drive-thru or to throwing extra snacks in the grocery cart!
Work In Some Indulgence
I have a list of what I can get at all our favorite restaurants that fits into my dinner calories budget. And the dinners we have at home aren’t particularly light! I budget for wine on weekends. I’ve never felt deprived using this strategy – I can have anything, just in smaller portions than I’m used to. Now that is something I’m willing to do for the rest of my life! Don’t try to eat perfect for as long as you can, then break down. Work in some small indulgences so that you never feel tortured by what you eat!
Go Out On a Limb
Do you believe in yourself? Are you expecting to succeed or to fall off the wagon somewhere around the halfway point? I’ll be honest: up until a few months ago, I was thinking in the back of my mind, ‘well, if I can just get under 200 pounds before I quit, that would be really great.’ Are you thinking that way too?
When I started this blog I realized that I didn’t fully believe in myself and my ability to succeed. It makes sense – I’ve never lost over 100 pounds before! But I am really, truly 100% committed. If I make a mistake, I will get back up and keep going. My act of commitment is writing about my weight online for the whole world to see! What will yours be? Will you schedule a vacation or a photoshoot? Or maybe you’ll invest in a gym membership, or weight loss coaching! Speaking of…
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How do you stay on track when you’ve run out of weight loss motivation? Let me know in the comments!
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