The Shrinking Violet's tips for staying motivated!When the initial excitement of the new lifestyle wears off and you realise you’re in this for the long haul, it is common for your motivation to decline over time! I find that it’s all too easy to forget why you started and let that cloud your journey.
My number one tip is not to depend on someone else for motivation. You are your own problem as well as your own solution. Motivation has to come from within. At the end of the day the only person you can totally rely on is yourself. We all have our different reasons for starting a lifestyle change and it’s such a personal journey. Personally, my motivation was my health. I knew that to live a long and good life, health was an essential part of that. For some people, their motivation is their children, others wanting to look good and some just want to feel good.
Secondly, always keeping your motivation as part of everything you do is so important. I think one of the main reasons for my success was because I used my motivation to make decisions for me and I considered it at every step of the way. Couldn’t decide if I should eat that treat? “Elora, will this help you get to your goal of good health?” Didn’t want to go to the gym? “Elora, this will improve your wellbeing!” I made sure that my motivation was incorporated into every choice that I made and this ensured that more often than not, I made the best decision for my goals.
When thinking about your motivation, it is important to ask yourself: What does weight loss look like for you? What does it feel like? Make sure you keep these in mind so you can use it to track progress which in turn will motivate you further!
Staying motivated does take a lot of work; it can get tiring to constantly be thinking about your motivation; however I definitely found that it ended up fuelling me and pushing me to my success.Read more from the Shrinking Violet on her blog... www.theshrinkingviolet.co.nz