Goals #2 & #3:
Stay Motivated and Adjust Accordingly For ME!
So what keeps us from meeting our weight loss and/or fitness goals? Of course there are a number of obstacles that pop up in the midst of our hard work, but one of the main factors in any type of success is maintaining MOTIVATION.
Motivation is usually easy at the beginning; there is the excitement and thrill of trying something new and achieving the results that you have seen in others. I know for me, once I settle into any type of weight loss program, I start to get comfortable and then I start to get cocky…and…as a result…I start to lose motivation.
So what keeps me going? What has worked for me and what has completely failed?
Let’s start with complete fails:
Rewarding myself with food is something I used to do and it is the complete opposite of helpful. It basically just helped to instill in me that foods that aren’t healthy for me should serve as a reward for hard work and foods that are healthy for me should serve as a punishment. It’s that simple.
Buying an Outfit To Fit In At Goal:
I have done this before and I honestly feel as if it intimidates me. It makes me feel as if my goal is completely overwhelming; also, there is this this line from the movie Monster-In-Law that has stuck with me for some time. Jane Fonda asks Jennifer Lopez if she is worried about fitting into her wedding dress and Jennifer Lopez replies that she is getting a dress to fit her body, not the other way around.
Now, let’s ignore the fact that I just used an example from a mediocre romantic comedy from 2005 and let’s focus on the fact that these lines speak volumes! After my millionth time of trying to lose weight, this time around, I am very passionate about not having a firm goal number. Of course I have a number in mind, but I really want to see at what weight I feel most comfortable, happiest and healthiest. That being said, I am unsure of what size I will be when I reach that point – so no goal outfits.
It is, of course, important to make big goals, in any aspect of your life, but these can sometimes be daunting. For example, if you want to lose 100 pounds, it may be completely overwhelming to look at that large goal resulting in a loss of motivation. Also, in terms of numbers on the scale, it may be too long of a journey to not stop and celebrate small milestones along the way; it’s kind of like taking a cross country road trip and not making any rest stops…
What has worked for me?
I love doing this because it gives me a chance to celebrate smaller accomplishments; doing so also helps weight loss look easier to me. Losing 10 pounds 10 times sounds easier to me than losing 100 pounds; sure, it is the same thing, but my mind thinks of it differently. There are a number of ways to break down the mini goals, I personally use 5% increments. For every 5% that I lose, I have a reward picked out. If you would prefer to not keep the goals scale focused, feel free to set small goals for things like drinking water everyday for a week, getting all fruits and veggies in for 2 weeks, losing inches, etc.
Every time I meet a goal, I have a reward. I made a list at the beginning of my journey so I know what to look forward to at each goal. The more weight I lose, the more exciting the rewards are. The rewards should suit the individual, the budget of the individual and can also be free activities that may be enjoyable.
NSV’s or Non-Scale Victories can be tracked as a way to keep motivated. NSV’s are awesome things that occur as a result of losing weight that are not numbers on the scale. These can be anything from a pair of jeans that weren’t able to be buttoned a year ago now fitting comfortably to crossing your legs when you couldn’t before.
Of course, we are all different and unique individuals, so what does not work for me, may very well work for you and vice versa. That being said, play around with different ideas and see what motivates you the most.
Is there anything that you do to keep you motivated? Please share!