How To Create Lasting Motivation
Motivation should not be something that lasts a few hours or days and it should not really be forced. While there will be times where you will not feel motivated, which is totally fine-we are all human. Motivation should mostly be something you have. Here are 8 tips to help you achieve lasting motivation.
Write Your Goals Down
Writing your long-term and short-term goal can help you achieve lasting as it allows you to visually see your goals.
I cannot stress this enough. If you want to lose weight, you do not have to go on a crazy low calories diet and you do not have to deprive or restrict yourself. Many people who decide to lose weight restrict certain foods and food groups. They label foods a 'good' and 'bad,' 'healthy' and 'unhealthy.' When you start labeling and restricting food, you begin to develop an unhealthy relationship with food and start to hate the journey and as a result quit or start binging.
Allow yourself those foods you crave every once in a while. You can include some 'unhealthy' foods in your diet every day if you want. As long as your diet is mostly made up of micronutrient dense foods, you can include a few 'bad' foods. You can follow the 80/20 rule. If your diet is 80% whole foods, the other 20% can be processed foods.
Enjoy your workouts
When it comes to a successful weight loss, exercise goes hand in hand with a good diet. For exercise to be enjoyable and to not feel like a burden or chore you have to find a something that you enjoy. A good workout does not have to involve going to the gym. There are plenty of other ways to exercise that can elevate your heart rate, such as; Zumba, cycling, hiking, running, dancing, brisk walking.
Find a workout that you enjoy and can maintain.
Stop looking at social media
We all get caught up comparing ourselves to others we see on social media. Comparing yourself to other people does not help. Focus on yourself. Most of the people you see on in magazines, on TV or Instagram don't even look like those people.
Hold Yourself Accountable
You can tell your friends and family to help you stay accountable. Letting others know will allow you have a large support system of people who will also keep you motivated on those days where you don't- because like I said it is normal not to be motivated all 365 days of the year.
Silence your inner critic
Too often we use self - criticism as a way to motivate us. Being critical of yourself can be great for motivation, however, this can backfire and can lead to too much pressure. Being overly critical can affect your state mind and your progress. Remember to give yourself a little love and a pat on the back for how far you have come.
Remember why you started
Remind yourself why you started and why you want to lose weight. We often get caught up thinking about the end result and because weight loss is a process and a journey we get demotivated when we don't see the results as quick as we hoped.
Enjoy the Journey
If you are not able to enjoy the journey and process it will like it is never ending. However, if you actually try and enjoy it, it will go past quicker.
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