How to keep on keeping on, even when you might not want to…
Sure, a healthy lifestyle is all about motivation. But what does getting motivated to lose weight look like? Where does it come from? Why do we need it?
Most importantly, where do we look for it when it goes missing?
Here at Jenny Craig, we understand how hard it can be to transition into a healthier lifestyle. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 6 weight loss inspiration tips to use whenever your lack of motivation gets you down.
These tips have helped some of our members through their most difficult days and we hope they help you through yours, too!
Feeling confident and getting motivated to lose weight: our tips
1. Practice self-compassion
Staying 100% motivated on the long road to weight loss success is a tricky challenge that everyone – and we mean EVERYONE – struggles with. That’s why it’s so important for you to be kind to yourself and accept that there will be stumbling days of missteps and miscalculations, and this is totally okay.
Healthy living is about self-love, self-care and self-acceptance. You are, after all, only human – prone to err on the side of growth (not failure), and in need of your own forgiveness.
Getting motivated to lose weight means being kind to yourself on the days when you don’t quite get where you’d hoped to go, and being grateful on the days that you do.
2. Figure out your ‘why’
Putting pen to paper and physically writing down your health goals is a great way for you to process your decision to change. It allows you to identify your own weight loss inspiration and ask yourself important questions, such as:
- Is my desire to change coming from a place of self-love?
- Am I aiming to better my body and mind in a positive way?
Whatever your ultimate goal for weight loss success, writing it down will help you to establish your ‘why’, pave the way for any future reflection and determine when it’s time to check it off as completed.
3. Surround yourself with people who inspire you
We all know people who inspire us, whether it’s their focus and perseverance, their energy or they are just fun to be around. Soak up all their knowledge and absorb their energy to help with your own weight loss inspiration.
The best thing about being in the 21st century is that you can surround yourself with these people from a distance.
4. Set small, measurable goals
You’ve heard it all before and that’s because IT WORKS. So often, we feel as though we’ve failed because we set overwhelming, unrealistic goals of weight loss success.
While manifesting a healthy lifestyle and focusing on where you want to be is a crucial part of change, so is setting goals for yourself that you know you can achieve.
These could be as simple as:
- Stick to your Jenny Craig meal plan today
- Get active once this week
- Cook a delicious free food side dish tonight to have with your Jenny Craig meal
- Love yourself unconditionally
Though these goals may feel small, they are no less mighty! The sense of accomplishment you’ll feel from achieving them is what will encourage you to continue getting motivated to lose weight.
5. Have someone you trust hold you accountable
There is nothing quite like a friend’s supportive-come-nagging voice in your ear to remind you that maybe the donut you’re daydreaming of isn’t really what you want.
In your time of need – and especially those where you feel yourself falling into the dangerous pit of temptation – having a friend to whisper weight loss inspiration to you can mean the difference between celebrating day 10 on Jenny and agonisingly having to set the clock back. Don’t forget you can also call on your Consultant between your consultations too for extra support.
6. Remember that it’s okay to breakaway
Just like The Lion King, staying motivated is all about the circle of life. If, at the end of our first 5 tips you find that you’re still not getting motivated to lose weight, it’s time to circle back to number 1 and remember that it’s okay to breakaway.
If you eat something you shouldn’t or you don’t have the chance to exercise, rather than feeling ashamed, try looking at it with a different perspective.
Maybe your mind needed those rapid-fire endorphins that eating the chocolate bar gave you. Perhaps your body wanted to take a rest and spend the evening on the couch.
Whatever the case, try not to jump to the conclusion that you’ve failed. Instead, change the lens you’re seeing yourself with to one of weight loss success and realise that maybe you’re just taking a well-deserved break. Write down how you feel and talk about it with your consultant who can help you work through a solution.