It’s Monday morning and you’ve promised yourself this time you mean it. For the next three days, it’s nothing but salads, jogging, and protein bars. Then Thursday rolls around unexpectedly and you’re plastered to the couch with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s. What happened? A lack of motivation, that’s what. But don’t worry — if you put your mind to it, you can avoid the yo-yo diet and turn it into a yo-u look awesome diet.
Method 1 of 3: Starting a Motivating Routine
1 – Set a realistic goal. Saying, “I want to lose 50 pounds in the next couple of months” is just plain demotivating in itself. As soon as you write it down, you have to fight the urge to slump over until your forehead meets resistance. Not a great way to start off the new you! Keeping your goal realistic makes it attainable — and when you start reaching your weight loss goals, you become happier. A happier you is much more likely to hit those goals than the you slumped over your keyboard.
One pound is 3,500 calories. Cutting 500 calories a day with no added exercise is a pound a week. What kind of regimen do you plan on taking up? In order to keep the weight off, you’ll be better off going slow and steady. Try to limit yourself to a couple pounds a week.
2 – Find a weight loss partner. Won’t it be great to cut your woes by half? Finding a partner lets you share what you’re going through with someone, cutting down on the mental strain. What’s more, we’re more likely to let ourselves down, telling ourselves, “Oh, it’s just the one workout I’m missing,” or “Oh, it’s just my third filet-o-fish. And this time, I didn’t even get cheese!” But when we have someone else, we can’t get off so scot-free. We’d be letting them down too.
Depending on your regimen, this person should either aid you in eating better, working out more, or both. Even a grocery shopping buddy would help! Just make sure to choose someone who makes you feel better about the whole process — not someone who turns it into a competition.
3 – Join a class. If a workout buddy doesn’t seem feasible, join a class. It’s like having thirty buddies (and one drill sergeant, if we’re being honest). If the class is any good, they’ll take attendance and you’ll feel guilty for missing (which you won’t do). You also have the added pressure of falling behind everyone, and you certainly don’t want that.
Odds are there is probably at least one class out there that wouldn’t seem like the word “work” should be in “workout.” If you love dance, join a dance class. Love to get out your anger? Try kickboxing. Want to destress? Yoga. There are so many options out there; all you have to do is a little exploring.