Wednesday, November 13, 2013
5 Ways to Maximize Your Motivation
Want to reclaim your weight loss motivation and recharge your drive to succeed? Use these five tips from my truest Skinnytaste dietitian, Heather K. Jones!
1. Listen to your inner voice.
Everyone has one—that little voice in your head telling you what you should or shouldn’t do. That voice, as much as you try to ignore it, has a profound effect on you. Pay attention to it, and try to keep your self-talk positive; what you tell yourself every day will either lift you up or tear you down.
2. Surround yourself with role models.
How much easier is it to go to the gym when your friend offers to go with you, as opposed to begging you to bag on your workout and hit happy hour instead? The link between health and your circle of friends isn’t just anecdotal—recent research has confirmed the connection. By surrounding yourself with people who are either living a healthy lifestyle or are working towards that goal will positively influence you to achieve your own goals. Find like-minded people who support your healthy lifestyle: Join a running club, find a hiking meet-up, or take cooking classes. Whatever your interest, there are others who share the same; it’s up to you to find them.
3. Visualize success.
Do you know exactly what it is you want to achieve? Visualize your goal in vivid detail. What will it feel like, inside and out, when you reach it? Imagine the healthy, vibrant energy and confidence that will radiate from you. Remember, losing weight is not just about your outward appearance, but also about your mental and physical well-being.
4. Don’t let mistakes get you down.
Repeat after me: Slip-ups are a part of the weight loss process, just as they’re a part of life. Some days, things will go your way and you’ll do everything “right.” And other days, you’ll face temptations and obstacles, and yes, inevitably make some mistakes. Look at it this way, if you are making mistakes, you are trying, and if you are trying, you are learning. Don’t beat yourself up. Simply pick back up where you left off the next day or at the next meal.
5. Think about how far you have come.
Try to recall the day you decided to make a change. Write down everything about yourself from that time—from how you felt (mentally and physically) to the tangible things like your pants size and weight. What has changed? Sometimes taking a look back helps you to see how far you’ve come and also allows you reconnect with where you want to go. If you are just starting out, take the opportunity to jot down your “before” stats (all the details I mentioned above). Doing so serves two purposes: It allows you to measure your progress going forward and it also gives you a starting point from which you can create your roadmap to success. For instance, if you can only walk five minutes before you get out of breath now, you can aim to be at 10 minutes in a month and 30 months in three months.
P.S. Don’t forget to grab your free Smaller Size. Bigger Life. guide here.
Heather is working with me on the upcoming Skinnytaste cookbook, and she is the founder of Heather K Jones, a weight loss site about healing and hope, instead of diets (ugh) and deprivation (no thank you). And her FREE Smaller Size. Bigger Life. guide includes a Skinnytaste weight loss meal plan – you can grab your copy here.