If you have made a commitment to eat healthy and lose weight, then you are not alone. Losing weight, eating healthier, and exercising are among the most goals that people set for themselves. But over time, we find that it is too easy to lose your motivation and allow your old habits to inch back into your daily life.
Let us look at 8 ways to maintain our motivation eat healthy and achieve our goals for the upcoming months.
1) Set Up a Consistent Weigh-in
Start weighing yourself every week at about the same time of the day. The most preferred time for most people is in the mornings, but it really doesn’t matter as long as you are consistent. It is important that you begin your weigh-in on day one so that you can keep track. Some people like weighing daily, but that can be discouraging because no one loses weight every single day.
2) Spend Some Money and Invest
If you are serious about losing weight, then you should invest in your fitness. The two best ways to invest in your fitness is by hiring a personal trainer or joining a gym. When you are willing to spend some of your money, it becomes more serious.
3) Start with a Clean Slate
It’s a new beginning for you. This means that you need to purge your kitchen and home of those things that will hamper your weight loss and fitness progress. Get rid of junk food and snacks. Make room for the healthy meals that you will be cooking from now on.
4) Plan Ahead
You must make time in your schedule for all events pertaining to your new health plan. This means you must plan for exercise, meal planning, and meal preparation. Think about the importance of your doctors’ appointments and give your fitness and healthy eating appointments the same priority. These fitness appointments are no less important than your doctor’s appointments.
5) Set Reasonable and Realistic Goals
You are much more apt to keep motivated when your goals are reasonable and realistic. As with all goals, they are more effective when they are specific. Rather than claiming that you are going to lose weight, claim instead that you will lose 5 pounds in two weeks.
6) Write Your Goals Down
Goals are much more powerful when they are written down. Countless studies have proven this fact. This is why you should write down your weight loss goals in a journal and keep track of your progress.
7) Try Out New Recipes
Always be on the lookout for healthy new recipes. There are two great reasons for doing this. The first reason for seeking out new recipes is that it keeps you on track and in a healthy state of mind. The second great reason for finding new recipes is because people are creating amazing healthy recipes these days. In fact, you will discover that many of these recipes will even be tastier than the old recipes that you are giving up.
8) Be Forgiving of Yourself
Pretty much everyone who has ever dieted has probably cheated occasionally. So if this has happened to you, then quickly forgive yourself and get back on track right away. You will discover that the occasional mishap is nowhere near as damaging to your progress as you thought. Remember that losing weight and achieving fitness is a journey, and there will be many bumps in the road along the way.
Never forget that in a few months, you will be glad that you stay with the plan.