I’ve lost count of the number of people who have asked me how I stay motivated with my weight loss. I don’t have a secret or magical will power. I have pure motivation to stay the course. Why? Because I want to be healthy; because I want to come off my meds; because I want to have more choices in clothes. If you want it, you’ll make it happen – it’s just that simple!
Starting out, I wasn’t as motivated as I am today. Like everything, it comes in time. There are still days that I’m not motivated at all but I still get up and do it anyway. Why? Because I know I’m going to feel better when it’s done. There are days I just want to kick back and binge watch Netflix and chow down on chips. Do I do that? Of course not! Why? Because it’s not conducive to my goal.
How Can I Stay Motivated?
Motivation is as unique as you and I. What motivates me may not motivate you and vice versa. So, it’s important for you to understand your why (and this doesn’t just pertain to weight loss). First thing’s first – you need to determine your goal. Grab a piece of paper and a pen and write down what you want to achieve. Got it? Ok, now it’s time to move on to understanding your why. Why do you want to achieve (your goal here)? List realistic, relevant reasons you want to achieve your goal.
Now that you know your goal and your why, break it down into bite-sized pieces so it’s easier to digest. When I first started my weight loss journey, I wanted to lose 100 pounds. Well, that’s a big ass goal and it overwhelmed me each time I thought about it. But, I broke it down into 20 pound increments because that’s way more manageable. Once you have your goal broken down into smaller pieces, you need to make a plan for how you’re going to achieve each piece. Write it all down on paper because you’re more likely to succeed that way and get to work!
What to Do When Motivation Wanes
Your motivation is going to ebb and flow and that’s natural. The only advice I have for this is don’t get too comfortable! Nothing good ever came from your comfort zone and it’s sure as hell not going to start now. We tend to get complacent when we become slightly satisfied. Right now, I’m happier with my weight than I’ve been in a long time and it would be so easy for me to just work on maintaining it. But, that’s not what I want in the end. I need to lose more weight and I’m not going to do that by just maintaining. It’s during these times that you’re going to start coming up with “reasons” not to do this or not to do that.
Do It Anyway
I don’t care if you want to do it or not, if you need to do it, it gets done. It’s summer vacation and I don’t want to still get up at 6 am, but I do it anyway. I don’t want to work when I’d rather be lounging in the pool, but I do it anyway. So, whatever your goal is, do it anyway! You’re not going to achieve it if you stop working for it.
Hold Yourself Responsible
What it all comes down to is that you’re the only person responsible for your motivation. There’s not one other person in my life who wants my weight loss more than I do. How can I hold those people responsible for my motivation? I can’t! They’re supportive, yes, but not responsible for making sure I get up and workout every day or log every single thing I eat. That’s all on me. Your goals are on you, and you alone, to achieve.
You’re more empowered than you give yourself credit for and it’s high time you realize it. Don’t give your power away to other people or things. Own that shit and do it like only you can! It’s time to depend on yourself and stop making excuses for why you “can’t” do this or that. Just think – all the time you’ve spent making excuses, you could’ve achieved your goal already. That sucks, doesn’t it? But, better late than ever so get to it!