Losing weight helps you look better and also improves your health and your quality of life. Sticking to a healthy diet and working out regularly are the best ways shed those extra pounds. It is easy to become bored with your workout routine or discouraged if you’re not losing weight fast enough. But there are a variety of ways to keep yourself motivated as you strive to reach your weight loss goal.
Journal and Photos
When you begin your weight loss program, start a journal or diary to keep track of the foods you eat, the reasons you want to lose weight and your daily workouts. Writing down the food that you eat helps discourage you from eating something that is not good for you. Take a photo of yourself before you’ve lost a pound and keep it in your journal, or post it on your bathroom or bedroom mirror. Each month take another photo of yourself, in the same clothes as the first photo, and compare the pictures to see the results of your hard work.
Set Realistic Goals
Setting reasonable goals helps build your confidence and can prevent frustration. If you set
unrealistic goals, you are more likely to give up and revert back to your bad habits. Start out slowly, giving yourself short-term goals like losing 4 lbs. the first month of your weight loss plan or exercising four to six times a week for one month. Once you achieve a few short-term goals, use the momentum from your success to set long-term goals like losing a certain amount of weight in six months or building up the endurance to run a marathon.
Keep It Fresh
Keep things exciting by adding variety to your workout regiment. The more you enjoy doing a physical activity, the more likely you are to do it every day. Get the recommended 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic activity most days of the week by taking a fast-paced walk or by going biking, swimming or jogging. Add excitement to your workout by spending an afternoon hiking or playing a sport you like. Take an aerobics class or sign up for dance classes, boxing classes or martial arts classes to bring another aspect to your workout sessions.
Reward Your Achievements
Losing weight and working out is not always easy and requires a lot of dedication and effort. Reward your hard work by doing something fun or by giving yourself something that you like. If you’ve lost an extra pound or worked out particularly hard during the week, reward yourself with a non-food treat. You may want to go out and buy yourself with new pants or a book, or a DVD or CD that you’ve been wanting. Stop and appreciate the success you’re having.