Motivation – Did You Catch Yourself Losing It?
There’s a quote that goes, “You’ll never always be motivated. You have to learn to be disciplined.”
This is very true and is especially applicable to your weight loss journey.
Every single year, on New Year’s Day, millions of people swear to themselves that this is the year they take back their health and get lean and fit.
They’re motivated because it’s the start of a new year. It’s a brand-new beginning and there’s so much promise.
So, they overhaul their diet, sign up for a gym membership and hit the gym daily.
The gyms are packed in January. By February, the numbers have dwindled. By March, the gym is a ghost town.
So, what has happened?
Simple. They lost motivation.
This happens to ALL of us.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re an athlete, entrepreneur, student, etc.
Motivation will get you started, but it’s discipline that will keep you going. Without discipline, you’ve lost before you even started.
When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s very important to feel motivated so that you can overcome inertia in the beginning.
The motivation will give you the mental edge and emotional push to get going.
However, once the initial thrill is over, eating clean and working out daily will start to feel mundane.
It’s imperative that you catch yourself when you start feeling this way. With mindfulness, you’ll be able to notice this subtle shift in your mindset.
When that happens, it will be good to journal your thoughts down on paper to see why you feel this way.
Is it because results are not coming fast enough?
Are you losing hope?
Does the process feel torturous?
When you lose motivation, it’s important to re-motivate yourself. You can do this by asking yourself why you started.
What were you hoping to achieve?
How do you see yourself behaving once you reach your goal? Are you happy?
Will you be happy if you quit now? Of course not.
So, why are you throwing in the towel?
Questioning yourself and being mindful of the thoughts in your head will help shore any weaknesses that may arise.
You don’t quit because you slipped up with one meal or missed one workout.
Quitting is more insidious.
It happens when you’ve slipped up with many meals over the course of a week.
It happens when you stop working out for two weeks.
It happens when you stop doing what you were supposed to do for a prolonged period.
Then you lose motivation because you dropped the ball, and instead of getting back on track, you just give up.
The best way to avoid this will be to motivate yourself whenever you feel like you’re thinking of eating what you shouldn’t or planning to skip a workout.
Fight the temptation and resistance.
Motivate yourself to be committed. Commitment is finishing what you started even when you don’t feel like it anymore.
So, be disciplined and mindful of your thoughts and actions.
This will keep you on track to successful weight loss.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar