Motivation is one of the key factors to losing weight. This is what helps us strive during the hardest times of our journey. Sadly, motivation can go away as easy as it comes to us.
While motivation can help us reach our weight goals, it can also be a factor why we lose so many battles. I have been a victim of this so many times. One moment I am so fired up to eat healthy and workout religiously. The next thing I knew, I stopped being particular about what I’d eat and became too lazy to exercise.
There are a lot of things that kill off our motivation. So what are they?
We Set Unrealistic Expectations.
Losing weight is a long process and for some, it can be a lifetime journey. I think it is pretty normal for us to look for positive changes as soon as we start changing our diets and doing workout sessions. However, it does not work that way.
While it can be extremely difficult and definitely exhausting to put on so much effort into something you can’t see progress in, please bear in mind that losing weight is not an overnight thing.
If you really want to achieve your fitness and health goals, you need to stop looking for immediate results. Just do what needs to be done, and eventually results will show.
We Are So Afraid To Fail.
Maybe you have tried several programs and diets and still nothing happens. And now you don’t know if you should quit trying to lose weight or you should try another regimen. The truth is, just because it worked for a friend does not mean it will work for you.
In other words, finding the right diet and lifestyle that suits your own needs is definitely tricky, but trust me when I say that there is something effective for you out there. Don’t be afraid to fail. If you think the low carb or the high protein diets won’t work, try it anyway.
If you are truly determined to shed some pounds, you would not be tired to look for suitable weight loss programs. And of course, you will not afraid to fail because you know every body is different, hence they have different needs as well.
We Don’t Love What We Do.
There are a lot of fitness programs offered that suits every condition, phase and goals. The problem is, we try to fit in ourselves to something we don’t enjoy doing. Just because it is the latest trend does not mean you should try it.
If you feel less stressed about going to zumba instead of doing yoga, then go for it! Who cares what other people might say?
I don’t see any point in wasting all your energy (and even resources) into something you hate. Find a workout and diet plan that you look forward to doing everyday and you won’t have any problems about keeping yourself motivated.
We Give Less Credit To Ourselves Than We Should.
The problem with very determined people is that they tend to be a little hard on themselves. You see results and yet you think it is still not enough. Celebrate your small victories – this way you will be able to appreciate your progress, no matter how seemingly insignificant.
If you shed 1 pound this week – give yourself a little reward, maybe a mani and pedi at your favorite spa. Even if you gain a pound this week – don’t be too hard on your self.
You must always remember that losing weight is not easy, and some people have a harder time than others. So whenever you feel like you have done something right or whenever you see yourself on the right path, give yourself a little pat on the back. This way, you can appreciate the small victories you are experiencing, which will later push you to strive harder.