4 Tips to Motivate Weight Loss
We have all been there. You look in the mirror and see the muffin top or the spare tire around your waist or maybe you went to your doctor and your blood pressure or cholesterol was elevated. You decide you need to start living a healthier lifestyle and you are going to start next week or after the holidays.
We have a huge buffet of excuses to choose. You may not like this, but the big ugly truth is that there is NEVER a perfect, convenient time to start getting healthy and losing weight. But wait! Don’t throw in the towel and scarf down the pizza! Here are 4 tips to motivate weight loss which will help you get started now!
Tip 1: Decide WHY you want to lose weight
You must have a clear reason why you want to lose the weight and get healthier. Do you want to lower your cholesterol? Do you want to have more energy? Do you want to have confidence to participate family photos? Whatever your reason is, it must be clear to you and you need to WRITE IT DOWN. You can put it on your mirror, your refrigerator, your closet door or wherever you will see it every day.
Tip 2: Turn OFF the negativity
Stop telling yourself, “I can’t do this” or “my metabolism is just slow” or “I just can’t eat any of the good stuff anymore”. Get out of your woes me mentality and realize that we can’t eat whatever we want, be sedentary and expect to be at a healthy weight and feel full of energy. Replace your negative thoughts with positive ones such as, “I CAN do this” or “If I exercise and build some muscle my metabolism will speed up” or “I have so many options of great tasting food I can eat”.
Tip 3: Set up a REWARD system
Set up some short term goals and some long term goals and then reward yourself when you reach them. Be sure that you are not using food as a reward. Pick something you like and reward yourself with that. You can reward yourself with a massage, a new outfit, an afternoon with a good friend, or playing with your dog. It doesn’t have to cost anything just something that makes you smile and feel good and that you enjoy.
Tip 4: Keep it FRESH and FUN!
Try new recipes, experiment with new spices, keep it exciting. Try a new way of exercising. If you have been walking, maybe go for a bike ride or go for a swim. It is easy to get in a rut and everything from what you eat to your activities just become a chore.
Now you have the tools you need to get started on a healthier lifestyle. Please leave us a comment and let us know if you are ready to start using these tips today!