How To Stay Motivated To Drop That Fat And Become Sexier

How To Stay Motivated To Drop That Fat And Become Sexier

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Losing weight is easier said than done.

How To Stay Motivated To Drop That Fat And Become Sexier

I am sure many of my readers will agree with the statement made above.

You may have abstained from food items that were once the must have ingredients on your plate.

Maybe you bought that pricey gym membership and spent hours sweating it out at the gym, or even saved up for the elliptical bike to enable you to workout in the comfort of your own home.

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So you’re like everybody else, you’ve spent hundreds of dollars and tried every diet under the sun, but the scale still refuses to budge. Finally, you make the same decision that most other people make – You get fed up with not seeing results and you quit!

This is the fate of huge numbers of those struggling to lose weight. Halfway through the process, their motivation wanes and they abandon their fat loss efforts.

What a vast majority of weight loss strugglers fail to realize is that weight creeps in at a rapid rate, but act of losing fat does not occur as quickly. It can take weeks and sometimes months to drop that extra ten pounds that you’ve been carrying around since college. The key is to stay motivated.

How? That’s the hard question, but don’t worry we are here to help. Here are some ways to ensure that your motivation tank never runs empty on your weight loss journey.

Set Realistic Goals

We are great self-critics. Most of us are barely aware of our true potential. When you set goals, ask yourself if the goal is reasonable in relation to your overall abilities. Your friend may have lost 5 pounds in 2 months, but for you 2 pounds in two months may be the right goal to start.

You will never be able to fulfill unrealistic and unreasonable goals. And, when you realize you’re not getting anywhere it is easy for the mind to persuade you to give up.

Take One Step At a Time

The moral “Slow and steady wins the race” is apt in this context. We often take on too much at a time and end up doing nothing. We suggest working on one task at a time. After you get the hang of it, you can increase the number of tasks you perform or level up in the same task.

When you start, don’t exercise too much. Instead of following a strict eating plan that eliminates all your favorite food stuffs cut back on their intake. Set smaller weekly and monthly goals.

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Take Breaks

Weight loss is like your job. Your job is your passion. It gives you great pleasure. Despite this, there are times when you just need a break from the daily grind. You crave for a short break; one that will break the monotony and help you relax and rejuvenate for things to come.

The same applies to shedding pounds. Going over the same exercise routines and meal plans will cause your motivation to wane. Give yourself a break for a day or two. Indulge in the foods you like. Don’t exercise for the day.

This will let your motivation to run its natural course. If you ever miss a workout or eat out of the plan, never mind. Pick up from where you left.

Be Optimistic

Optimistic mind setOnce you start working towards your goals, learn to be optimistic. It is an inherent characteristic to focus and harp on what we don’t have or what we cannot achieve.

This attitude will only hold you back. Look for the positive in everything. So what if your goal was 3 pounds in 2 months and you achieved only 2. Celebrate it because 2 means progress too.

Document Your Small Victories

Maintain a log. Record even the smallest victories – A pound or 2 lost or a compliment on our looks. You can also write down how you feel personally about the weight loss program and how it has affected your life so far.

If you have the time, write down something at the end of each day otherwise maintain a weekly success journal. Whenever you feel low and want an instant boost of inspiration, you can read through this journal. You will feel a surge of motivation in you.

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Rewards And Treats Along The Way

The big finish (the perfectly toned bikini body) will take time. However, you can reward yourself every time you achieve a small yet significant goal.

It could be a day off from exercise, enjoying your favorite food or a relaxing body massage or simply a day to yourself.

Healthy Competition Will Take You Over The Top

CompetitionIt is a proven fact that competition will help you lose more weight than when you work out alone. Work out as a team. It will keep you motivated.

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Not only this, a team captain will act as an accountability partner. While working out with the team, the captain will ensure that the team members are on track and motivated.

In this section, you can also use social networking to build a solid support system. Post your goals and achievements. There may be others who share your goals too.

Get a Leg Up With Your Gadgets And Gizmos

With smart-phones, weight loss motivation is only a tap away:

  • There are hundreds of apps that help make weight loss an easier struggle.
  • There are apps that will give you the much needed instant boost.
  • Also, there are apps that will help you to dish out healthy, tasty snack using ingredients found in your pantry.

Use them to your advantage.

Turn Off The Inner Critic

Throughout the slimming process, you will find yourself confronted by several negative thoughts. It is referred to as the self critical mode. It is natural. There are many who employ self criticism as a motivational tool, but for weight loss it may have contrary effects. It can impair your efforts.

Whenever your mind is taken over by such negative thoughts, silence it. Breathe. Focus on what you have achieved so far. So what are you waiting for? Get off your butt and start losing weight!

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  • Josh

    Hi Christine,

    Some solid suggestions there. I like the idea of starting with a small goal and increasing it as you achieve each one. Starting smaller is a manageable goal that you will not be intimidated by. When I first set out on my weight loss mission I started with something easy like cutting out alcohol, after 5 months of drinking no alcohol I had already lost 8lbs. It gave me the motivation to cut down on my portion size which helped me to lose another 10lbs over the next 4 months. I found that like you said, conquering one thing at a time can really help with motivation.

    • http://skinnywithfiber.org Christine Derrel

      Hi Josh, I am really glad that you liked these tips. I have been following these in my life and I have to say, achieving those things I want is much easier for me. So I hope this article will help as many people as possible.

  • Chris

    Hi Christine,
    I do have this problem. I tend to set lofty goals, basically the end picture and when I don’t achieve that quickly I tend to give up. I like the idea about setting realistic goals and taking things one day at a time. I think I will take the full amount I need to lose and break it down into small more realistic goals. This hopefully should keep me on track and stay more optimistic.

    • http://skinnywithfiber.org Christine Derrel

      I am happy that I was able to help you Chris!

  • Melissa Reed

    Nothing has helped me more than keeping a note of my weight loss. There really is nothing better than putting pen to paper, even if you never read it you process the information better and are far more likely to stick to it.

    I actually downloaded a really cool app called runtastic pro that I could fill in all my details and say how much I wanted to lose and by what date. I then used it to track my meals and any exercise I did and it would give me a running update of my weight, it would tell me things like “if you carry on like this, in 3 weeks you will weigh xx lbs” which was a real motivator. My friends have the app too and there is a section where we can share our progress which helped make our friendly competition a little easier.

  • Stefan

    It took me 1 year to drop 40 pounds and 1 of the ways I found to stay motivated was to actually start dating again and going out to the bars. We are married for 20 years and stop doing the bar scene years ago for no real apparent reason so we started going out again. There is nothing better to keep you thinking sexy then by seeing your peers dance, flirt and have a great time making us want to fit in better which in turns helped to motivate.

    Buying yourself a new shirt or pair of pants to go out is also a great booster since you should be getting smaller sizes all the time and it keeps your wardrobe up to date without having to spend a fortune.

  • efpierce

    I think competition would be the best way for me to go. Having a workout partner will increase the consistency and frequency of my workouts.

  • matt n.

    The goal setting is the most important thing. If you say that you want to drop 100 pounds by a certain time, and that time is only 6 months away, forget it, it’s not going to happen and you will just end up disappointed.

  • Alex McIvor

    Fantastic article here. I think setting realistic targets that you can actually achieve is a great way of losing weight, as when you do hit a target (or narrowly miss it) you can see what progress you have made and it also doesn’t feel like a kick in the teeth as opposed to setting an unrealistic target which could bring you down again.

  • L. Slattery

    I love this! Amazing advice. I love your optimism.

    I have a very hard time staying motivated. I have a hard time resisting temptation and I catch myself cheating more often than I should. Even though I’m active and I’m taking steps to be healthier it can be difficult not to dwell on my mistakes.

  • Jessica K. Parker

    Motivation will make or break a diet plan. I’ve always found that sharing my weight loss journey with a friend helps me to stay focused. It not only holds me accountable but it offers an additional support system on those days when I’m feeling blah and need a pep talk.

  • Vance

    I’m having a hard time finding motivation, but I guess like you said I need more small goals. I’m not really trying to loose weight per se though, so that’s why it’s hard to come up with milestones. I’m actually trying to build muscle, and maybe drop a size or two, but the inches just aren’t staying off.

  • Erica Holloway

    You’d be surprised at how easy it is to stay motivated once you get diabetes and cancer. I used to think exercising and not smoking would be hard until I was diagnosed…then suddenly , not so much! IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD. GET OFF YER ARSS!

  • Chantelle Clark

    I tend to struggle with degrading myself and my body image all the time. It has gotten to the point where I would actually go walking for hours to make myself feel better, because when I am sitting at home, or laying down in bed, I feel like I am not being active enough. Now this was not the right kind of motivation that I needed, so my boyfriend and I teamed up and started doing daily walks together and this definitely helped me because it wasn’t about the weight loss anymore, it was about spending time together with my partner. Now I am working on looking at myself and staying optimistic about my results, even if it is that I didn’t go up this week, but instead stayed at my lower (and new weight number) from last week.

    I would definitely agree that having the right kind of motivation, a partner, and a more positive outlook can do wonders to actually succeeding in the weight loss journey.

  • Marilee Beckett

    Great ideas! What worked for me was setting tangible weight loss goals. I chose to focus on completing a half-marathon and then I did everything that I needed to do to learn how to run. Having a fitness goal made it easier to stick to my diet because I could keep asking myself whether cheating on the diet was worth walking away from all the work I was putting in towards my goal.