Feel like you’re the only person struggling to get motivated to lose weight?
This article will give you the dose of motivation you need to start losing weight.
The Truth About Motivation
For ages, you’ve been telling yourself that tomorrow you’ll:
- Wake up at 5am to workout before work
- Pack a lunch instead of going out to eat
- Take walks in the evening instead of watching tv
- Prep some food in advance so that you’re not running through the drive-thru each night
But when the time comes, you’re just not motivated to follow through.
You feel like people must just either have it or not – and you do not.
No one is always motivated.
The fit & healthy people who you think are?
But also largely relying on strong habits to stay consistent regardless of motivation.
That said, motivation does help you start doing something new. Once you build a little momentum, it’s a lot easier to continue, even when motivation has waned.
How Do You Get Motivated To Start
Picture the end result – You’re not making changes for the hell of it. You want the outcome they lead to.
Get crystal clear on that. Write it down, make a vision board, really feel what it’ll be like to reach your goal. To be a person who can maintain a healthy weight & not stress about food all the time.
When you can clearly picture the reality of reaching that goal in the future, it becomes much easier to take action toward it.
Choose the smallest possible action – What individual tasks do you need to do in order to reach your goal? What’s the ????? step?
Instead of thinking about how daunting it is to go to the gym, focus only on getting dressed in your gym clothes.
Instead of stressing about overhauling your whole diet, find 1 new recipe to try.
After each tiny action, the next one seems easy enough, so you just keep going one tiny step a time til you’ve done the damn thing.
Get everything on the calendar – You put all sorts of important things on the calendar, espeically things you don’t necessarily want to do: dentist appointments, PTA meetings, unnecessarily long appliance delivery windows – why should your health be any different?
Spend some time mapping out your week and committing to when the necessary things will happen. Treat them as nonnegotiable appointments like you would anything else important in your life.
Once something is scheduled, it becomes less about the emotion of whether or not you want to and more about just completing a task.
Ask For Help
Once behaviors become routine, you start functioning on auto-pilot, rather than relying on motivation. But getting to that point can be a lengthy process. Having a coach help you make your weekly success plan and hold you accountable to following through can be a total game changer.
If you’re looking for help, I’d love to chat!