Being a woman on the go can make it tricky to stick to a weight loss plan, especially if you’re finding difficulty making time for the gym, or stopping for breakfast in the morning. An important part of sticking with your fitness goals is to find your inner motivation and stick to it. But for each woman this motivation will be found through different methods. Although there’s no guaranteed method of motivating yourself, there are plenty of tips and tricks to keep your mind focused and your eye on the end result rather than the long journey it will take to get there.
One way to promote motivation within yourself is to chart your progress, and there are multiple ways to do this. You can blog about it online, write it in a journal, or just mark it on a calendar day by day. To do this successfully, you should measure and weigh yourself before beginning your weight loss journey, and write down all of the numbers somewhere that you can review them later. Each week, make an effort to weigh and measure yourself again to see how much progress you’re making. Each week you will not only be able to see what a difference has been made since the previous week, but you’ll also be able to look back over the entire chart and see how many inches and pounds you’ve lost since you began.
Make It Visible
For some people, motivation is about making your goals tangible, and one way to do this is by choosing a physical object that inspires you to lose weight and making it visible in your everyday life. This can be as easy as posting a picture of yourself at a smaller size on the refrigerator door so that when you reach for a treat you’re reminded of what you’re working toward. Jessica Smith of Shape Magazine explains:
Whether it’s your favorite pair of skinnies or a teeny bikini, putting a special piece of your wardrobe on display is a great daily motivator.
Using clothing that you hope to fit into, or lingerie that you’d like to look nice in for a special occasion are also good ideas. Anything that makes you stop and think, or smile and refocus on the reason you’re working toward your weight loss goals can help.
Limit Rather Than Eliminate
One of the most difficult parts of losing weight is cutting out all of the delicious foods that you know you shouldn’t be eating, but had been enjoying anyway. Staying motivated and on track can be torturous when faced with friends or family members still enjoying your favorite treats. To remedy this, don’t eliminate everything you love eating, but limit it instead; that way you still get chips or chocolate when you’re really in the mood, but not enough to set you back on the scale. Moderation is the best weight loss tool available to you when it comes to your eating plan, so pay attention to exactly how much of everything you eat, but feel free to indulge a little bit once in a while. A great way to do this is to include a cheat day in your weight loss regimen, so that for six days you eat clean and work out, and for one day you can rest, have your cake, and eat it too.
Make Yourself Accountable
A big problem many women face when looking to burn fat and lose weight is that they quit too soon because they’re struggling with staying motivated or remembering why they started in the first place. Make yourself accountable for your fitness plan by telling everybody what you’re doing and how you’re doing it; popsugar.com quotes Shelagh Braley of My Life List by saying:
If you tell others that you are striving for a major goal, you will find support that keeps you accountable and makes your steps to success less overwhelming.
Set reasonable goals and make them public. This way friends and family can support you when you’re feeling weak and help you continue.