Mentally Spurring Yourself On Towards Weight Loss
Motivation and dedication – those are the two ingredients that are absolutely essential if you want to lose weight, and yet, unfortunately, most people end up being in short supply of one, or the other, or both!
Chances are, this isn’t going to be your first time trying to lose weight. For many, losing weight is a battle that lasts a long time, and the truth is that after a few failed attempts, most become discouraged and end up not bothering about it all for quite some time. On top of that, further attempts are treated with less motivation and dedication, seeing as the specter of past failures is still hanging over your head.
Honestly, this is the sad truth of weight loss, but if you really do want to succeed then you’re definitely going to have to will yourself to succeed, and mentally spur yourself onwards so that you start, and stick to, a weight loss program.
How do you do so? Well here are some techniques that could help you:
1. Set up goals and targets
Knowing what you want to achieve is one of the most important aspects of weight loss, so you should set up your goals and targets from the get go. These should keep you motivated, and encourage you when you achieve a particularly tricky target.
2. Visualize your results
So you want to look slimmer? Great – but how well do you think you’ll look if you lose those 30 pounds that you’re trying to shed? No doubt you’ll look, and feel, a lot better right?
Set up a mental image of what you want to look like, and imagine how good you’ll feel once you do. Every time you feel your determination flagging, remember that image and you’ll find it easier to pull through!
3. Keep track of your accomplishments and be proud of them
Even if you haven’t achieved your final goal, no doubt you should be achieving at least something – and you should be proud of that. View every achievement that you make as a step towards your final target, and be proud of it. After all, you worked for it, and you should give yourself credit where credit is due.
4. Start small and build upwards
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you’re certainly not going to achieve your target in that span of time either. Instead, you should start slowly and work your way up to your target by taking steps that are as small as you need them to be.
Don’t over-reach, or you’ll risk failing and losing your motivation – but rather, be realistic about what you expect!
Each of these steps can act as ‘mental spurs’ which can then be used to create and maintain the levels of motivation and dedication that you’ll need if you want to succeed in losing weight. Armed with them, you should find that you’re better able to face whatever hurdles you come across, and finally achieve your goals.