We've all heard of yo-yo weight loss by now. You lose some weight and then you gain some weight, and it repeats over and over. One week of clean eating and hitting the gym to see the number on the scale drop only for it to go back after temptation strikes. If you've been here before, it can be really exhausting. There are so many ways to lose weight, whether it's a popular fad diet, working out, or simply eating clean. The point is, though, if you are not motivated for the right reasons and lack determination, you may never reach your goal. Or worse, you reach it but bounce right back.
Next time you catch yourself even just thinking about slipping, turn to these four sayings for some motivation. Remind yourself you are destined for greatness and you will not settle for anything less. Be motivated for yourself — a better version of you.
1. Every Successful Journey Starts With the Decision to Try
Losing weight is not easy when you picture the entire road ahead. Most likely, it's not going to be a week- or month-long journey. It's going to take a bit longer, but if you do not start now, it will take forever. Trying does not mean doing anything and everything to lose weight. It doesn't mean trying the most popular diet out there, hitting the gym every single day, and never slipping up. Do something every single day to bring you closer to your goal, whether it's small or big. And if you do slip, pick yourself back up right away.
For a lot of people, making that decision to try is the hardest part. It means pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. But remind yourself that what lies outside of that comfort zone is extraordinary progress. If you don't take that first step, you will never make it to the top of the staircase.
2. When You Lose All Excuses, You'll Find Results
We all know someone who is the queen of excuses. And if you don't, you're probably that person. Just remember, excuses get you nowhere. If you are coming up with some to stop you from eating healthy or going to the gym, it may just mean that losing weight is not a priority for you. When you arrive at this crossroad, it's important to stop and ask yourself why you are on this journey. Why do you want to reach your goal?
A proactive way to lose excuses is to stop talking about what you are going to do in the future. You are not starting a healthy diet and active lifestyle tomorrow or on Monday. You are starting now. If it is important to you, you'll find a way now. If it is not, you'll find an excuse to start tomorrow.
3. Focus on What You Want Your Life to Look Like — Not Just Your Body
A lot of times, fitness journeys focus too much on critiquing our body's appearance that we forget to listen to what our body is telling us. Losing the weight is the easy part. Maintaining is what's hard. And if you want to maintain it, you need to create a lifestyle change, not just a change in your diet or gym routine. This is why it's so important to ask yourself why you want to get to your goal.
Maybe losing weight will mean you can be more active with the people you love. Or it could be so you can control your blood sugar levels as a diabetic. Whatever it is, look beyond the number on the scale and the reflection in the mirror. If you treat your body right, stay active, and feed it real, whole foods, you'll find yourself reaching your goals and surpassing them!
4. The Body Achieves What the Mind Believes
Last but not least, check your mindset. The truth is that motivation will not always be there. It runs out, and it goes and comes back. What you really need to be is determined. If you are feeding your mind positive and reassuring thoughts, you will not let anything get in your way. If you feed yourself negativity like thoughts about giving up or thoughts about not having the willpower to make it, you will manifest into that.
Instead, imagine yourself reaching that goal. Picture the life you want to live, and work backward from there. Overcome thoughts in your head that start with "I can't" and replace them with "I will try." Create a world where you will succeed with your weight-loss goal.