How many times are you in the middle of a weight loss process and find yourself losing motivation? What can you do when you get tired of a routine? What are the tools you can use to avoid circumstance that lead you to wrong choices or the old habits? Simply, how to keep moving forward...
Give a meaning to your effort
Are you stepping in to the weight loss process for health reasons or simply for just looking better? What ever your reason is, it is valid. Imagine yourself with the ideal weight that you wish to become. Keep the purpose in your thought through out the process.
Find a regimen that is best for you
I always emphasize on weight loss programs that are easy to follow and sustainable. In my opinion, the healthiest weight loss program includes comprehensive lifestyle intervention, which includes combined behavioral modification, exercise, sleep, and diet. Do not go for the shortcuts. You might gain the weight back, along with the sense of failure and lack of motivation.
Set a GOAL
Set a goal that is reasonable and attainable. Do not get too ambitious and create unreasonable goals, or take too big a step. Do not compare yourself with Jennifer, or Maggie. Create a goal that is best for you. Goals that are not easy to reach can be discouraging. Create long-term and short-term goals. A long-term goal might be: What would you like your weight to be in a year? A short-term goal could be: How many pounds would you like to lose in a week or a month?
Keep track of your progress. Achieving the checkpoints and reaching your goals are great motivational tools. It gives you a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.
Recognize your progress and reward yourself
Did you reach your weekly, monthly or yearly goal? Recognize the progress and reward it with what makes you very happy. That could be as simple as going to a spa or purchasing a new book, clothes or a make-up.
Make the failure a lesson
What do you need to do if you do not reach your goal? Do not look at it as a failure. Make it a lesson. Figure out the reason why you did not reach your goal. Was it because your diet was not great, you did not get enough workouts or, simply, your goal was unrealistic? Learn from the shortcoming and step into the next stage of your weight loss process.
Respect your goal and keep yourself the priority
Nope, it is not rude to say, “NO” to a friend who offers you a cupcake or a soda. It is very reasonable to say “No, thank you. It is not part of my diet.” Recognize your effort and make yourself a priority. Don’t get discouraged if the friend says, “it does not do any harm” or “you are always on a diet.” Remember YOU have a goal and YOU are striving to reach it.
Change your routine, make it fun or give yourself a break
Staying with one simple plan can be boring. Make it fun and versatile. Mix up your exercise plans or add a new routine. Sometimes you simply need to take a break. That is fine; go for it.
Recognize the obstacles and be prepared to overcome them
Any process comes with obstacles. It is best to recognize them from the beginning and have plans to deal with them when they are here. For example, you may be going out for a dinner with your friends. Read the menu of the restaurant ahead of the time and figure out a food choice offered that is in harmony with your diet. If not, find some ways to modify it.
Depend on the support group when struggling
When you get tired of your regimen and you need some motivation, go to a friend, a family member or even your doctor. Sometimes, it is very helpful when you review your purpose of weight loss, goals, and the regimen with someone. You might just need to hear yourself say it out loud one more time to be committed again.
We, at SageMED, can be the support group you reach out to. Our goal at SageMED is to create a diet and lifestyle plan that is best for you and keep you motivated to move forward.