The hardest part of any diet plan is staying motivated enough to persevere. The first two weeks are always the easiest, because emotions are running high, but when the weight loss slows or you hit a stall, you can end up with diet fatigue. How do you keep your motivation for weight loss when that cookie is staring you in the face?
Find photos that inspire you and keep them on your phone’s lock screen, your computer’s desktop, or printed and taped up where you’ll see it. Not unrealistic bone-thin model pictures – those can be discouraging. It should be pictures of you when you were 20 pounds lighter or at your ideal weight, pictures of an outfit you want to wear, or pictures of an activity or a vacation destination you want to try when you get to your goal weight.
Some people like creating a vision board or a journal that they fill with inspirational pictures, quotes, or words that help them envision a particular goal. This would be an ideal way to help you stay on track.
Keeping your thoughts positive is often difficult, but if you make it a habit to always speak and think from a positive perspective, you’ll find that over time negative thoughts get weeded out of the garden of your mind.
Try a gratitude journal to help you remember all the positive things in your life. Even if things are tough right now, you can always find something to be grateful for, even if it’s just a roof over your head. Write down 5 to 10 things every day that you are grateful for, and when you’re having a bad day, go back and re-read what you’ve written previously.
It’s becoming a popular notion that you shouldn’t weigh every day, because you’ll just get discouraged. However, by weighing once a week or even less, you run the risk of weighing in on a day where you’re retaining water or had something else happen that affected your weight, without any actual fat being gained. That could be disastrous to your ego.
Instead, consider weighing in each and every day, and recording it. There are many computer and phone apps that allow you to track your weight, and which can show you a history of your weights on a graph.
When you have one of those up-and-down weeks and you feel like you’re not losing anything, viewing that graph of your recorded weights for the last month can really help. You’ll see that you did have a lot of up and down patterns, but that you definitely showed an overall downward trend, which will put things into perspective.
Emotional Freedom Technique
Look up EFT, the Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as “tapping.” This simple, free technique can be used to overcome many issues, from fear and depression to a variety of other problems. When you struggle with temptations or feelings of failure, use this technique to turn things around, and you’ll find that often the stress just melts away, leaving a stronger resolve to stick with it.
By using some of these techniques to maintain your motivation for weight loss, you’ll find it a little easier to keep your head on straight, make the right decisions, and keep persevering until you’ve achieved your goal.