Maybe there’s a dress you’d like to fit back into? Or maybe you just want to be able to touch your toes? Or walk/jog/run a 5k?
Don’t go over the top, either – set yourself mini-goals along the way. Although I said I wanted to lose 100lbs when I first started, I had a number of mini-goals along the way – 10lbs, a 5 minute row, certain weights, distances on the treadmill, and so on. Be good to your psyche. You’ll need it.
Seek out inspiration.
Having certain things that inspire you to hand is an excellent way of keeping yourself on track. For instance, on my PC at work (where I’m more inclined to eat biscuits/sweets/whatever else is around than anywhere else) I’ve got a bookmark bar full of my favourite fitness sites – for instance, Shape.com , A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss (I know, I’m a white girl – but Erika is an amazing source of butt-kicking inspiration), The Adventures of Diet Girl … They’re all right there, at the top of my browser, for when someone walks into the office clutching a cake for everyone.
Plus, I’ve got an episode of I Used to Be Fat (the Jordan episode, with the very delectable Trainer Joey – who is at least 60% of my reason for watching it) on my desktop at home. When I’m feeling a bit low on inspiration, I’ll flick on 5 minutes of that and remember that other people have it even harder – and that there’s no excuse for sitting around watching the TV.
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And my desktop background? The very lovely Christina Hendricks. Definitely the body shape I’m aiming for, given that I’m a curvy girl and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
Everyone’s got different things that inspire them – but having a few within easy reach is an excellent way to motivate yourself.
Tell people what you’re doing.
Now, I’m not suggesting you wear a T-shirt that says “I’m on a diet, kick my butt if I look at the biscuits” or anything. But letting a select few people know that you’re trying to lead a better lifestyle is an excellent way to keep yourself in check. I know, it’s sort of outsourcing your motivation – but I couldn’t have done any of this without my family and friends reminding me from time to time that what I’m doing is worth it. Just be selective as to who you tell – because certain evil people will try to throw you off. I don’t know why, but I intend to return to this point in another blog.
Make it interesting!
Chances are if you’re craving something bad, it’s because you’re bored. Bored of your “diet,” bored at work, bored of… Whatever. You need to highlight the boredom and counteract it. Try a new recipe/workout/outfit, get up, go for a walk, anything – if you’re trying to change your lifestyle, you need to make it interesting and fun, and surviving on rabbit food ain’t the way to do it. And for God’s sake, if you are surviving on rabbit food, stop – you’re doing it wrong.
So, those are my main tips – how do you stay motivated?