Once you make that choice to get lean and healthy, it can be a challenge to stay motivated and stick with your program. Here are five ways to stay motivated to reach your fitness and weight loss goals.
Understand Why –
These are the real reasons that you decided to lose weight, to live longer and spend time with loved ones. More energy, or simply to look better and feel attractive, or to fit into those jeans, that bikini or wedding dress. Recognize and embrace the REAL reason(s) you are dieting, exercising and sweating – remind yourself daily of what you want to achieve and WHY.
Get Real –
If your main goal is weight loss, you need realistic and achievable weight loss goals to avoid the frustration of never meeting your intermediate daily, weekly and monthly goals. If you never reach goals, you will soon give up. Most safe, effective and permanent weight loss goals should be in the range of one to two pounds per week. One to two pounds may not sound like much, but thats 50 to 100 pounds over the next year!
Small Goals –
Meeting a series of small goals will help you reach the big goals. Daily goals like following your eating plan, avoiding the sugar traps and drive-up windows and hitting the gym instead of spending the evening on the couch will produce results that help you reach weekly and monthly goals. Don’t underestimate the power of small goals.
Now that you are meeting (achieving) smaller goals more often, celebrate your successes to stay motivated. Note: Don’t use food as a reward, you are not a puppy who needs treats. Instead of cupcakes, treat yourself with a spa treatment, new shirt or blouse, new running shoes, or a day at the pool or yoga retreat. Recognize your small successes, take pride in them, and you will become more motivated to achieve the next.
Write It Down –
Recording your successes (and failures) can provide valuable feedback. The foods you eat and don’t eat, the weights you lift or laps you swim or run allow you to SEE the progress you are making or make adjustments when you are not progressing. Keeping a food journal and fitness log also forces you to focus.
Bonus Tip –
Choose a program (fitness and diet) that fits your busy lifestyle and avoid those that are impossible to stick to. Thrive by Le-vel is a program designed to enhance your body’s physiological functions and improve your body’s ability to burn fat faster by boosting your metabolism. Not only will your body burn more calories, but you’ll also experience improved brain function, a stronger immune system and healthy digestive function while promoting stronger joints and lean muscle tissue growth.