1. Think in terms of two-pound weight loss increments.
It’s always good to go for the next immediate accomplishment and
that’s why I tell people to think in two pound weight loss increments and not
the overall weight loss goal. Sure, you can plot out what you’d like to weigh, or what size you’d like to be, but on a daily basis, think of the next
short-term goal you can hit. Wouldn’t you rather be excited about all the tiny
victories along the way instead of holding out for the end goal? Shorter goals
help you develop the habits you need to reach long-term goals by focusing on
what you are doing right now, today.
2. Know that you'll have slip ups.
You will have slip ups. You will most likely have days when you
justify to yourself why you shouldn’t work out or why it’s okay to emotionally
overeat. It happens to many people and it’s best to accept a little room for
being human upfront. Don’t get caught in a negative thinking trap, like telling yourself you've failed or that you will never be able to achieve your goals. Negative
thinking only makes you feel negative; it won’t accomplish anything. If you
slip up, just tell yourself, Okay, I slipped up. Now I’m getting right back on track. Jump
back in and look forward.
3. Have your goals written down in a place where you can easily access them to read each day.
Your goals won’t fade to the background if you remind yourself of
them daily. Be clear and specific about your goals so there’s no
ambiguity on where you want to go. And when you are reviewing your goals,
always remember to ask yourself WHY you want to achieve those goals. Reminding
yourself of the reason you want to achieve your goals is where your motivation
4. Look at what's worked for you in the past, and use that to your advantage.
Is it a bathing suit hanging up in a place where you can see
it every morning? Is it pictures of athletes that inspire or old photos of you
when you were more fit? Or maybe it’s motivational quotes and sayings. You can
easily print these tools for inspiration and place them where you can give
yourself this positive input often.
5. Use your accomplishments to champion your warrior spirit.
You can win
the battle over you. I bet you have in a hundred little ways already. Have you
successfully lost weight before? Did you participate in a gym class or a
sporting event where you felt like you were successful? Use your
accomplishments to fuel future accomplishments. It’s the “I did it before, I
can do it again” thinking and it works. When you're feeling defeated, think of
times when you were your most confident self and operate from that person
you tweak your thinking just a little bit, you can always put yourself back on
the path to a healthy weight and a healthier and happier you.
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