Preparing for a weight loss journey is a big deal. That’s right, you should prepare to lose weight just as much as you should work for it when you’re on the journey itself. And, how do you prepare?
By motivating yourself, of course! Easier said than done, right? We know.
That’s why we’re here with a little inspiration to get you started. Weight loss journeys are not meant to be taken alone, after all. We’ll also give you some guidance on finding a good support group.
Let’s get started.
Motivating for a Weight Loss Journey
Simply scanning a weight loss blog with pictures for inspiration is not enough. It helps, but don’t get too caught up in other people’s weight loss before learning how to focus on your own. This is YOUR journey and only YOU have the power to succeed.
Follow these steps and words of inspiration to keep yourself motivated.
Determine WHY You Want to Lose Weight
When asking yourself how to start a weight loss journey, the first step is actually in the WHY. Do you want to lose weight for your health? Your figure? Both?
Determining your reason for accepting this journey into your life will help you keep your goals in line and maybe even reach them faster.
Set Realistic Expectations
Weight loss bloggers will inevitably tell you to set realistic goals. That’s because you WILL fail if you have expectations of yourself that are simply out of reach. It will be just another reason to give up.
Try losing a pound a week at first. Work your way up as you feel stronger.
Determine HOW You Want to Lose Weight
Pick a meal plan that fits your lifestyle and find an exercise you enjoy. If you don’t think you can stick to a plan all week long, allow yourself to start slow and work a few days in at a time.
Determining how you want to lose the weight is just as important as why you plan to lose it. These goals combined should be enough to keep you motivated when you feel like giving up.
Journal Your Progress
You’re going to have good days and bad days. Tracking your progress can give you something to reflect on those days you need a boost. Write down what you eat and how many calories you burned during your workouts.
Set Other Goals
Setting goals that aren’t weight related gives you something else to look forward to. It will make your progress less apparent so you may feel less disappointed on those down days. You’ll also feel more energized for those other goals on the good days.
Even little milestones deserve rewards. Each time you reach a goal, take yourself out for a new pair of shoes or a nice piece of chocolate. Indulge for a day and remember the little things in life that matter most.
Don’t Think About Obstacles
Your weight loss journey is going to be full of obstacles. Try not to think about them. Let them come and go and get back on track as soon as you can.
Beating yourself up only produces negative energy which counteracts what you’re trying to do.
Adjust Your Routines Accordingly
Make time for workouts and proper mealtimes. If you’re not a morning person, don’t plan to go to the gym in the morning. If you won’t have time for a proper meal, pack a snack or map out the nearest healthy restaurant while you’re out.
Many people trying to lose weight find that taking supplements increases their energy and therefore gives them the motivation they need to succeed. It is always advised to speak with your physician to discuss weight loss supplements according to any medications you may be taking. Even if you don’t take medications, talk to your doctor, first.
Find Social Support
Even just talking about your weight loss journey can help you reach your end goal. If you don’t have any friends or family that are on this same path, try making friends with someone at the gym. Join a Facebook group or other social media platform that encourages weight loss.
Keep a positive attitude and forgive yourself easily when you make mistakes. If negative thoughts start seeping in, take a deep breath and redirect yourself to something positive. Do it a few times until you get there. You will.
Bloggers that show off their weight loss progress pictures do it because they appreciate their new bodies and they want to share their journeys. Appreciate yourself along the way and remind yourself what you’re good at, even if it’s not weight loss.
Get a Trainer
Investing in a trainer is a great way to stay motivated. He or she can help to inspire you on a daily basis with meal ideas, work out plans, and generally positive dialogue. Having someone to remind you what, why, and how you’re doing along the way is more powerful than telling yourself.
Non-Surgical Weight Loss Methods
If you’re still struggling to lose weight, there are alternative options. Obera is a form of non-surgical weight loss that uses balloon technology to shrink your appetite. You can read about Orbera here.
This form of weight loss is generally reserved for people that have tried to lose weight on their own without success. It should be used in conjunction with a diet and a work out plan for effective results.
Your weight loss journey ultimately starts with your attitude. You can follow these steps until you’re blue in the face, but without the will to succeed you won’t make it very far. Take it slow and give yourself time to get where you want to be while paying close attention to all the little results along the way.
You’re almost there!
If you want to take your weight loss to the next level or have further questions, feel free to contact us. We offer free consultations!