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Welcome to the inside of my brain. Here, I share experiences, tips, tricks and fun things I've learned during my weight loss journey. 

  • Gail Ballin

10 Ways to Say Motivated While Losing Weight

Staying motivated throughout our weight loss journey’s is a challenge sometimes. Especially when you have more than 10 pounds to lose. The idea of losing a significant amount of weight can be overwhelming and because of that, we have a tendency to allow ourselves to get off track.

Here are some tips on how to stay motivated through the weight loss process:

1. Partner up. When you partner up with someone you know and/or care about, you commit to them. When you commit to them. you are less likely to cancel or do anything to sabotage yourself or their efforts because you don’t want to disappoint them.

2. Plan ahead. When you are organized and plan your meals, schedule your workouts and carve out time for yourself, you are likely to be more successful because you have a plan of action.

3. Picture your future. Think about where you will be 5, 10, 15 years from now if you didn’t change one thing about your health; now think about where you will be within that same timeframe if you did something about changing your lifestyle. How do you feel about the differences? Where do you want to be?

4. Set goals. Set small, measurable goals that are easily attainable. You want to be sure that you can succeed - if you set unrealistic goals then you are only setting yourself up for failure.

5. Reward yourself. Every time you hit one of your goals, reward yourself with a non-food gift. These can be anything from a pair of fun earrings to a manicure or a night out with friends.

6. Focus on a feeling. Think about how good it feels when you set your mind to something and achieve it. Think about how you felt the last time you fit into your skinny jeans or the last time you had a great workout. When you are ready to throw in the towel, remember those feelings and hold onto them. They will help you get through that moment of weakness.

7. Try New Things. Boredom frequently leads to failure because you get tired of doing and eating the same things over and over again. So, get out there and try new recipes, indulge in new exercise classes. Live life to the fullest. Just because you are living a healthier lifestyle does not mean that life does not have to end. Incorporate movement and activity into your life. For example, instead of going to the movies, go for a nice long hike with friends and talk about life’s shenanigans.

8. Be Competitive. If you are a competitive person then find a way to compete against your previous goal or against one of your friends or fitness instructors. Try to lose more weight than you did the week before, run faster than you did last month, ride harder than you did in spin class yesterday. The harder you work, the more results you see and the more competitive you are, the more effort you’ll put into your journey.

9. Journal. Tap into your feelings. Remember where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. You don’t want to minimize your progress. Process your feelings and own them.

10. Remember that every step forward is a step in the right direction. Every change is a change for the positive. Be proud of the changes you’re making and stick with them.

It takes 30 days to create new habits. The first 30 days are the toughest, stick with it, change things up, keep your progress real and exciting and you’ll be able to stick with your plan and succeed.

Bee healthy. Bee happy.

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