So you finally committed to losing weight, and you've been following a weight loss workout and diet program for months. You've started seeing some results, but the pressures of kids, career, and countless other demands on your time are starting to wear down your resolve. How do you stay motivated to stick with your weight loss program?
Exercising for weight loss does not have to be boring. Keep it Fresh! Vary your routine. If you walk, mix up the location, maybe even driving to some new park or down to the beach before hitting your stride. Play some new music, exercise with a friend, take a new class or try a new sport. Keep it interesting, and you'll keep it up!
One of the most powerful tools for success in virtually any endeavor is setting goals. Set achievable, short term goals that involve DOING something rather than a hazy exit. For instance, walking 15 minutes every day this week is a more achievable goal than losing 10 pounds by July. You probably CAN lose 10 pounds by July, but you KNOW you can walk 15 minutes every day this week. And celebrate when you achieve it. Weight loss takes commitment and effort, and you deserve to recognize yourself for all the work you're doing! If you stumble in your efforts, do not beat yourself up. Yesterday does not effect today. Just dust yourself off, and start again!
Keeping track of your progress in a journal or logbook can add fuel to your fire as you look back at how far you've come. Planning your workout in advance can make you feel more accountable to perform your routine. Try throwing in some inspirational quotes or pictures of your ultimate body type. And having written record of your workouts can make it easier to come up with variations to your routine.
The key to any weight loss exercise program is consistency! Make your workouts part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth. It's not a chore, it's just something you do. Everyday. After a while, it will be such a part of your lifestyle that you'll feel weird when you miss a workout.
Stay inspired by reading fitness magazines, subscribing to a newsletter, or checking out some fitness websites and reading the trials and testimonials of people who have succeeded with their weight loss goals. Let their success feed your hunger.
Inspire someone else! Talk to your friends and family about your workouts, and share how your exercise program is already changing your life. When they see the energy, enthusiasm, and pride you display by following through with your weight loss goals, they may even take up an exercise program, too!
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