Most people enter into a diet fully committed and ready to lose weight. And most people start out strong, following their diets exactly and doing all the right things. However, as time passes, it’s easy for diets to get boring and to feel hard to follow.
That doesn’t mean you should give up on your diet, stop going your diet, or switch diets. Instead, it probably just means that you need a little boost of motivation. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to increase your motivation and get back to that place you started out in- the place where you were determined and working hard to reach your goals.
Motivation-Booster #1: Chronicle Your Progress with Pictures
Seeing the number on the scale drop and seeing the inches fall away is great motivation. However, there’s nothing more motivational than a visual reminder of how far you’ve come…or of how far you need to go.
One of the easiest ways to chart your progress visually is to take a photo the day you begin your weight loss journey, and then to take one every week or so. You could also set a “pound” or “inches” marker for your photos, such as taking a photo after every five pounds you lose. No matter how you do it, flipping through these progress pictures should be enough to ward off even the strongest food craving!
Motivation-Booster #2: Get Your Goals in Check
One of the major reasons that people fail on their diets or go back to unhealthy habits is because they’ve set themselves up for failure from the get-go. If you’ve made a crazy goal, like losing ten pounds a week, you’re more than likely not going to reach it, at least not without harming yourself! If you start out with realistic goals, though, such as losing a pound or two pounds per week, you’ll have a lot more success, which will keep you feeling good about yourself and motivated to continue.
Motivation-Booster #3: Reward Your Victories
Everyone likes to get a reward for hard work, so why not reward yourself? When you reach a goal, such as seeing abdominal definition or losing ten pounds, go out and do something nice for yourself, like getting a massage, buying a new bathing suit, or even taking a mini-vacation or weekend getaway. These little motivators will spur you forward as you continue on your journey; just make sure that you never use food as a reward because that will do more harm than good!
Motivation-Booster #4: Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Finally, while you should try to stick as close to your diet plan as possible, don’t get too upset with yourself if you make a mistake here or there. Sometimes, dinner or drinks with friends just prove too tempting to pass up. If you do make a mistake, don’t waste time berating yourself. Learn from your mistake and move on, determined to do better from that point forward; this will help you to stay positive and to reach those goals slowly but surely!