When Motivation Lags
At some point in your journey toward eating better and becoming more active, it's inevitable that you'll face a lapse in motivation. After all, at the rate of 1 to 2 pounds a week, weight loss can seem like a slow journey. But as the old fable of the tortoise and the hare illustrates, slow and steady wins the race. Week after week, those pounds will add up sooner than you might think! After all, 2 pounds a week is 26 pounds in three months and 52 pounds in six months! In the meantime, try these tips for keeping your eyes on the prize:
• Look for inspiration. Draw motivation by reading inspirational quotes or the biography of someone who faced her weight battle and won.
• Buddy up. Find another person who shares your commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Challenge each other to keep going.
• Write in your journal. Turn to your journal to see how far you've come, remind yourself why you're doing this, and clarify what obstacles might be getting in the way.
• Switch it up. Perhaps boredom is the cause of your slump. If you always walk for exercise, try swimming or biking instead. Experiment with some new healthy recipes. Keep it fresh.
• Try a coach or trainer. These professionals can help you reconnect with your vision and how you'll get there.
• Make a list. Write down all the pros and cons of stopping your weight-loss efforts now. Do you really want to go back to your old habits?
• Shop for new gear. A new pair of shoes or workout outfit might be just what you need to get back in the groove. You deserve it!
• Remember the positive. Think back on all of the compliments you've received as a result of the changes you're making. Write them down so you'll have them to look at the next time your motivation lags.
• Set a new goal. Consider training for an upcoming race, walkathon, or other sports- or fitness-related event.
• Seek support. When you're feeling discouraged, make an extra effort to surround yourself with positive people.
• Use visualization. Reconnect with your goals by visualizing the future you want and what it will take to get there.
Remember, motivation is a feeling that comes and goes. Persistence, not perfection, will get you where you want to go. Don't give up now!