Do you struggle with weight-loss or healthy eating motivation? You know what to do, but you just can’t get yourself to do it, even though you know you probably should?
If you are at this point or have been here before, this post is absolutely for you! Today, I want to share with you my top 5 strategies for getting & staying motivated on your healthy eating journey.
1 – Set Realistic Goals That Matter
This is two fold. Not only do you want a goal that is realistic (as in something you can accomplish), but also, one that you actually want to work towards. Think about the goals you have in mind now and ask yourself, “Why am I doing or want to do this?” Is it for you? Does it matter to you? Or is it something your doctor recommended?
If you are finding a disconnect with your feelings and goals, it might be time to scrap your current goal and re-create one that matters to you. If you ultimately need to align a goal you have with a health goal given by your doctor, think through the positive outcomes in a way that relate to your wants. An example could be: “If I decrease my blood sugar levels by controlling my diet, I won’t have energy crashes and I will reduce my risk of Diabetes complications. This matters to me because I will have more energy and less plain to do things I want to do with my kids.
2 – Reward Yourself
Keep a calendar on your desk or fridge so you can check off days that you have accomplished your goals. Every week (or every couple of weeks), set non-food rewards for your progress. This could mean getting some new workout clothes, a new book, movie rental, etc. Having rewards marked on your progress calendar will keep you motivated and on track!
3 – Be Positive
You can often be your own worst enemy with negative thoughts about your health progress. Create a healthy mental environment with positive self-talk and daily affirmations. Think of these affirmations as your mantras. Examples could be, “You got this” or “You can do this” or “I am strong” or “I am ready for today” or “Today, will be a great day.”
4 – Learn From Your “Failures”
Never think of a slip-up as a “failure.” Learn from your experience if you fall off track so you don’t react the same way next time around. Think about your “fall off track” situations (i.e. stress, parties) and plan an alternative for each of them. Maybe, you have dinner at a family member’s house every week and the options are not the healthiest and you go overboard with portion sizes. See if you can bring a healthy dish to dinner or have a small, fiber-filled, snack before you go out to curb your appetite.
5 – Find Support
Support can be key to your motivation. Find support in an accountability partner; someone you can check in with daily or at least a few times per week. Your accountability partner can remind you of your goals (and your progress when you feel frustrated), try new recipes with you and even be a workout buddy. If you can’t think of anyone individually that you want to team up with, think about joining an online or face-to-face support group. Support groups can give you healthy living ideas, strategies for success, and accountability. I will be running another virtual support group in January. You can pre-register here.
Your action goal for this week is to make a plan for how you will you stay motivated and on track. Post what you plan to work on in the comments below for some accountability!