STAY MOTIVATED TO LOSE WEIGHT
Today we’re going to talk about motivation and its role in losing weight… A lot of people wonder how one can stay motivated when trying to lose weight. It’s a great question, and it’s the one I’m excited to dive into. So let’s get started!
Motivation is a Feeling!
The first thing we have to remember is that motivation is a feeling. And no feeling just magically happens to us… In fact, feelings don’t just drop out of the sky.
All of the feelings that we experience are generated by what we think, which means thoughts create our feelings. So if you are trying to generate the feeling of motivation, you first have to start by investigating what you are thinking!
Let’s say we want to lose weight; then it will involve creating some type of plan for ourselves. That plan will usually involve something which is different from our actions in the past. In the beginning, creating a plan and following through in the beginning is usually easy. In fact, many people even feel motivated about their new weight loss plan because they know that it will help them lose weight.
However, that motivation starts to disappear after 3 to 4 days or a week at best. The reason is simple – We do not see the results of our actions right away and lose motivation.
In reality, weight loss doesn’t work that way; weight loss takes time and a lot of time! It’s not a fast and linear process which means that you will have to wait for some time before actually seeing results.
As a result, we’re no longer excited about the plan that we’ve set up for ourselves. In the end, it creates the opposite effect on motivation. So point one, you really have to remember that motivation is a feeling, and the way we are thinking is either going to motivate us or not.
Set Small Goals
Now let’s talk about how one can stay motivated and follow their weight loss plan. One thing I personally have found to be very true around motivation and weight loss is that results matter a lot.
Once you really start to see the results of the work that you’ve put in, you get motivated. The reason you get motivated is that you see the actions of your results from the start.
Here’s an example of what I am trying to say: If you want to lose 20 KG of weight, then it might appear too difficult in the beginning. But a more balanced approach would be to turn that single goal (20 KG) into 20 small goals. So when you make 20 small goals in which you have to lose 1 KG, it starts to appear doable. In fact, you will start to see results within a few weeks at best! On the other hand, achieving a single goal of losing 20 KG might take a year or two!
It is Okay to Feel Uncomfortable
So I think what we have to remember for ourselves is that at the beginning, it’s very normal for anything different that we’re doing to feel uncomfortable. It can even feel challenging because you have to remember our brains love easy things and don’t want challenges.
So whenever we’re creating a new habit, it requires more energy, attention, awareness, and consciousness on our part. And that’s why it feels uncomfortable when you’re trying to change a habit.
It can feel uncomfortable at the beginning, and so I think this is why it’s important if you really want to build motivation. You should try to create some type of game plan for yourself, some type of intention, and then make a commitment to work towards that goal. As mentioned earlier, setting small goals is the key to weight loss!
Another thing to remember is that you should not expect motivation at the beginning. In fact, you shouldn’t rely on motivation as a means of taking any action in the beginning.
Over time, your brain will get used to the new routine or game plan, and eventually, it will not feel that difficult anymore! Once your brain stops seeing the new plan as a challenge, then motivation will start to come as well!
Work On Your Belief System
It’s important to note that the motivation doesn’t come from the result… It actually comes from what we think about the result! So if you can generate that belief system without the results, that’s the real magic.
But either way, you can get there by changing how you think and creating a plan that you can commit to! And once you get results, motivation will come automatically!
So I hope that was helpful, and I’m also curious to know about your thoughts and experiences with motivation.
Also, tell us about your weight loss goals and or successes; I would love it if you would come down to the comments below and share your experience. And for those of you who are in the middle of personal weight loss journeys, I’m super excited to tell you about a program called Winning the game of weight loss.
This program helps you lose weight – but it is different from other programs or training. Winning the game of weight loss works on training your mind on a subconscious & conscious level. Once you win the game of weight loss in your brain, you will start to see actions in real life as well!