Your mindset is your number one tool when you’re losing weight. It’s as simple as this, if you’re not motivated, you won’t succeed. Sorry my love, that those are the breaks as they say. Fear not, there are tons of ways that you can motivate yourself. Careful when choosing your source(s) of motivation. No one wants to feel worse than before you started trying to lose weight.
1. Rewarding yourself with food.
This is the fastest way to yo-yo ville. You lose 5 pounds and reward themselves with a night out at their favorite restaurant. You set a goal to workout x number of times in a week, you hit your goal so you reward yourself with your favorite candy bar.
Ladies I’ll all about having treats to keep you sane but it’s not a reward. There is a popular saying, “Don’t reward yourself with food. You are not a dog.”
Rewarding yourself with food is sending your body mixed messages. You do well, you lose weight, you get in your workouts, and then you undo all your hard work by stuffing your face. There is no magical calculator saying if you eat this you can burn if off with burpees or situps.
Reward yourself with things that help your goal, downloading more music to your playlist, get a massage, new sneakers, new clothes or trips to do fun and active activities like going for a hike or yoga retreat. .
2. Only focusing on the number on the scale.
I know you want to lose weight but only focusing on the number is such a stressful and demotivating thing. For us ladies there are so many things that go into scale weight causing it to = fluctuate daily. You could be retaining water, haven’t poop, about to get your period and so many other factors. If the scale stresses you out through it out the window!
Focus on other aspects of your journey. Track your inches. Track your fitness level. Can you climb a flight of stairs without being breathless. Maybe when you started your fitness journey, you weren’t able to walk upstairs without losing your breath or the thought of not having dessert every night wasn’t even an option. You finally went down a pant size and can buy a new pair that you’ve been eyeing. These are the things to focus on and celebrate.
3. You expect everything to happen quickly.
Let’s be honest with each other, none of us put on the extra fluff overnight. It took you a while to gain the extra weight and sadly it will take longer to lose weight than it does to gain it. I say this not to discourage, but to encourage to keep going, and to not expect instant results. Be patient. Check in yourself and think about whether you’re just expecting too much too fast.
A healthy amount of weight loss per week is between .5 and 2 pounds.
Don’t sabotage your own weight loss efforts! If you catch yourself making these mistakes, stop yourself and fix them! Find positive ways to motivate yourself to lose weight the healthy way.
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