Have you ever tried starting a diet regimen or an exercise plan so many times but eventually don’t get to finish the whole course? Or, are you in the middle of either one of those mentioned and you’re feeling you can no longer go through one more day? How many diet plans have you started? How many gym equipments have you bought from that shopping channel on TV and then junked them in less than one month? If you’ve got substantial answers to at least one of these questions, I know what your problem is. You easily get bored or lazy and decide to stop trying to lose weight, or at least stay healthy. So here are some tips on how to stay motivated in your quest.
Remind yourself Why?
Think of why you wanted to get fit, look fabulous and stay healthy in the first place. Reasons may vary from attending your sister’s wedding and meeting your ex, to buying that beautiful swimwear you saw in the mall, and to grabbing that guy or girl’s attention. If these reasons don’t keep you motivated, the best reason should be that you may die young due to an unhealthy lifestyle. Think about the loved ones your friend left because of dying young due to a heart attack or due to lung cancer. Simple reasons like these should keep you going and stay motivated however, small or trivial they may seem.
Place a picture of your body in your mirror or in a place that you visit every day. You may want to make it as your computer’s wallpaper or hang that picture in your workplace so every time you login your computer or write your reports, you’ll be reminded of how ugly you look like and that you should continue your exercise. A month after, take another picture of yourself and place it just beside the old one. This way, you get to see your progress and would motivate you to continue or strive harder to achieve that sexy beach body you’ve always wanted. Some harsh words there but if it gets you motivated!
Document your progress
Create a journal of your weekly progress. Don’t weigh yourself everyday, you might only get discouraged of slow progress. Instead, weigh yourself every 2 weeks or once a month. Weigh yourself with the same weighing scale you used to get your baseline data, on the same time and with the same clothes. This would give you an accurate result. If you lost a small amount of weight for a certain time period, review the activities you did that might have hindered progress. Use that result to push you harder.
Use friends or family to keep you going
Invite a friend to go the gym with you so you don’t get bored. You can also try doing “The Biggest Loser” strategy with your friends. Talk about what could be at stake. The winner could win money or tickets to a concert, or anything that would keep all of you thrilled. By doing this, you’ll strive harder to win the pot money, or to save yourself from paying a big amount. It’s hitting two birds at the same time- winning the agreed prize and staying healthy!