1. Why are you setting goals?
Give your goals a deeper meaning. Instead of saying you want to lose weight, think about why you want to lose weight. For instance, you may wish to improve confidence, your energy levels or overall health! Weight loss can often have a negative connotation within the mind, so rephrasing your goals using positive language will be more inspiring.
2. Understand your habits
Do you have habits that hold you back from achieving your target weight? For example, do you skip main meals and overcompensate by snacking on high sugar and fat foods. If you are constantly searching through the kitchen cupboards seeking out those unhealthy snacks, then curtail this habit by not buying snacks. You should also ensure that you are consistent with mealtimes and focus on eating three balanced meals each day. Boredom can also result in poor food choices, so if you are feeling bored with your typical routine, now is the time to mix it up. Why not go for a walk, exercise, read a book or do a jigsaw. Analysing and understanding your triggers and habits can help you stay on track with your weight loss goal.
3. Set realistic goals
Set yourself attainable, achievable goals. If you set yourself goals that you can achieve early on, this increases the likelihood of achieving more challenging tasks. For example, you could start with running 2k each day and gradually increasing to 5k. Another good idea is to set specific deadlines for your goals, this can help you stay motivated; for instance, you could set yourself a timeframe for losing your first stone.
Reflect on your goals each week. This method of journaling provides you with an honest and open reflection and allows you to improve. You can also use this time to set yourself new challenges or to build on goals that you may not have reached previously.
5. Surround yourself with positivity
Surround yourself with individuals who support you and your weight loss journey. You may even get friends or family members to take part with you. Competition can encourage you to increase your performance and levels of success. Whether you're looking to lose weight or run longer, start a challenge. A little friendly competition goes a long way on the road to weight loss achievement.
So, if you feel your motivation subsidising, remember... it's all about changing your approach, not your goal!