We’ve all been there. You start something new – it’s exciting and energizing. You go at it with full force! And then when you’ve been at it for a week or two, or three…. the energy and excitement that you initially felt inevitably starts to wear off. This is where motivation starts to dwindle.
This is especially true if you’re like me and LOVE to start things, but finishing things – that’s a different story.
When it comes to a weight loss/fitness journey, the results are often slow and small which is really frustrating to most people. After all, we live in an age of immediate gratification so when we don’t get what we want right away, a lot of us quit.
So how do you keep on keeping on? Here are 5 tips…
NOTICE THE SMALL IMPROVEMENTS
If you kept at it for a week or two, I’m willing to bet you’re feeling different. Maybe not a whole lot – the changes would be subtle. But notice those differences. That’s the beginning of change. All those small improvements, they will continue to add up and one day in the near future you will reach your big goal and feel flipping awesome!!
FEEL PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Where did you succeed in the past week? Did you workout 5x during the week? Did you resist picking off your child’s plate? Did you catch and stop yourself from a downward spiral of negative self-talk? Did you get a sweat sesh in even though you REALLY didn’t feel like it?
They may be small, but they’re still successes! What we focus on continues to grow. If you worked hard and achieved your mini- goals – that’s something to be uber proud of! All the mini-goals are gonna add up into your mega big goal, so keep congratulating yourself for those small wins!
KEEP THE VISION STRONG
You set out on this journey for a reason. Go back and revisit those reasons why frequently. If you want some help clarifying your vision click here to get a free copy of the Motivation Mojo Workbook.
Remind yourself often of the outcome that you’d like and believe without a doubt that you will get there eventually.
But don’t focus on how far you have to go, cause that may feel overwhelming. Instead look back and see how far you’ve come. Just know that with daily steps in the right direction, you will get there!
If it was up to my 7 year old son, he would never leave the house. He would sit all day and watch cartoons while eating nothing and drinking coke. That is where I as his parent come in and make him do what he doesn’t want to do. I make him get dressed, go play and eat healthy food. Obviously, it’s not because I’m the meanest mother on the planet (although I’m sure he thinks so!) , but because I love him and doing what’s best for him.
We all have this child-like part of us inside of us and as adults. Sometimes we gotta let that child out and sometimes we gotta parent ourselves.
Would I much rather sit on the couch binge watching Netflix while stuffing my face with chicken wings and wine followed by a trip to Dairy Queen? Um yeah!!
Chicken wings, wine and TV is an awesome combo!!!
BUT that unfortunately, will keep me at a place I don’t want to be.
Yes, every once in a while indulgence is necessary, but so is parenting yourself to do the things you need to do even if you don’t want to!
ENJOY THE JOURNEY
As cliche and as overused as this saying is – it’s true! The truth is, these habits of moving your body, filling your body with nutritious foods and flooding the mind with positive thinking aren’t going to stop once you reach a certain # on the scale. If you go right back to old habits you will gain everything back.
So it doesn’t end.
You just set new limits, new goals and see how far you can go.
So you can bitch and complain the entire way OR you can find the joy in pushing yourself. Seeing how strong you can get. And basking in the small achievements along the way.
One of my favourite quotes is by Socrates:Love it cause it’s true! See how far you can go!
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