Weight Loss Goals – How to Stay Dedicated

by Jennifer Boudreau on April 25, 2013

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Motivate Deciding to lose weight is easy. We get frustrated with our situation, make the decision to change, and then we take action. Many of us find that we get several weeks into our journey and start to lose steam because making lifestyle changes is hard. It requires work, dedication, and discipline, all of which are a challenge once you get beyond the initial excitement. Here are some pointers to help you stay on track for long term success.

  • Choose a Goal Outfit. Having a goal outfit is one of the most powerful tools you can use to stay motivated. As women, we like to look good in a cute outfit and it can often motivate us more than anything else. Your goal outfit can be a cute pair of jeans, a swimsuit, a springy pair of shorts, whatever! It does not matter what it is or if it is new or old. Just make sure that your goal outfit is something that does not look good on you now, but will look fantastic on the new you. Hang it up where you will see it every day. It does you no good tucked away where you will forget about it. It will re-energize you every time you walk by it. My goal outfit is a pair of jeans and I hang them outside my closet door where they slap me in the face every time I walk inside my closet. Be sure to try your goal outfit on once every week or two so you can see your progress.

Jeans

  • Create a Goal Poster. Goal posters can be so powerful for any goal in life! I had gotten away from using goal posters for a while, but am back to using them again. Find pictures of people who have a physique that motivates you. Hang them up where you will see them at the moments you are feeling weak. As an example, I have a picture of a super buff girl in our pantry hanging right next to where one of my favorite snacks is kept. If I reach for the snack, I have to look at her! I have to stop and think, “Will eating this bar get me closer to or further from my goal?” Having her picture there keeps me out of trouble.

Pantry

  • Weigh AND measure yourself. The idea of weighing and measuring yourself sounds super simple, but you need to know where you are starting from so you can document your progress. Seeing progress in both your weight and measurements is incredibly empowering. Now, how often you should weigh yourself is always up for debate. Many experts say you should not weigh yourself every day because it can be disheartening if you are not making progress each time you step on the scale. Despite what the experts say, I personally lose the most weight when I weigh myself every day. That is what holds me most accountable. I know that if I am reaching for a bunch of crackers at 9 o’clock at night, I will have to pay the price for it on the scale the next morning. If I do not weigh myself daily, it is kind of like making a purchase with a credit card; you do not see the damage immediately. I’ll admit, choosing to weigh yourself every day can be upsetting at times. If you are working hard and do not see the number consistently going down, it can be frustrating. If you know this will discourage you and make you want to quit, then do not weigh yourself every day. Know what works best for you. Whether you weigh yourself daily or less frequently, you should also evaluate your progress based on your measurements and how your clothes fit. You may not necessarily lose a lot of weight, but instead lose inches or even go down in pants size. Muscle weighs more than fat, so you have to keep that in mind as you track your progress. Plan on measuring yourself once per month and keep a journal of your results so you can track your progress over time. Record the measurements for your upper arms, chest, waist, buttocks, upper thighs and calves.
  • Plan a Cheat Meal. Oh, how my husband and I look forward to our cheat meals! If you are GOOD all week, treat yourself to a care free meal. Don’t worry about the calories, whether or not the ketchup has high fructose corn syrup or if it is deep fried in chocolate! Heck, even drink a soda if you want one. Do you get the point? I have read that a weekly cheat meal can actually help increase your metabolism. Keep in mind though, you have to earn it. And, limit yourself to just one cheat meal per week. Once that meal is over, get right back to eating healthy. Also, be prepared that you may have a belly ache afterwards. When you eat clean most of the time, your belly has less tolerance for junk food. You may find your cheat meal morphs in to a healthier version of cheating over time, simply because your belly cannot tolerate it.

You can make your story a success story by making the choice to not give up. Decide to say no to all the junk food while everyone is saying yes. The longer you stick with it, the stronger you will power will get. Many of us lack discipline, but all of us are FULLY capable of having it. We simply have to believe that we are one of the few who will utilize its unstoppable power! Take the road less traveled and be the person who pushes forward, no matter how tough the fight!

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