Motivate yourself through books.
Before you get started, make sure you get yourself a good book about self motivation. Some examples of these books are: “The Secret” – Rhonda Byrne, “The Secret to Success” – Eric Thomas, “ Why We Do What We Do – Understanding Self-Motivation” – Edward L. Deci. These self-motivation books apply to all aspects of life, and not just succeeding in sports and business. I would personally recommend Eric Thomas book “The Secret to Success”. He is my favorite motivational speaker of all time and the reason I manage to keep myself motivated.
The most important person in your life is you.
Being able to care about other people is a highly valued ability. But how are you supposed to take care of others if you’re forgetting about taking care of yourself? By prioritizing exercise you are taking care of yourself since mental and physical health go hand in hand.
Find a way to exercise that suits you.
It is important to find a way of exercising that suit you beyond just walking. Try a few different ways of exercising and see what gets you hooked. Exercising should be fun and not feel like a chore.
Get a training buddy
Exercising is always more fun when you’re doing it together with a friend. Training together with a friend comes with many benefits. First off, it’s a great way to keep each other motivated. Secondly, bailing on a friend is hard! So if you’ve made appointments to exercise with each other you are sure not to skip it.
Don’t go all out in the beginning.
It’s easy to be over ambitious and give it all you’ve got for the first couple of weeks, but it’s also a good way to lose your motivation fast. Start small instead and increase your tempo progressively.
If you really want to lose weight you have to remember that it’s not going to be as easy as you thought it would. By learning self-discipline you’ll be able to keep going even when things get tough. Think about the fantastic results you’re about to achieve instead of how hard it is to get there.
Have a healthy relationship with food
With more exercise healthy eating habits usually follow. If you love bread, past and potatoes you shouldn’t completely exclude them from your diet, this will only make it harder to lose weight in the long run. However, if you love foods filled with proteins and fats you can look for a diet that specifically allows for these types of foods like for an example Atkins. If you want to continue eating foods that are high in carbohydrates, you could replace processed foods and get whole wheat instead, or perhaps participate in a diet program that allows for high carbohydrate intake. And if you can’t pick a favorite – follow a regular low-calorie diet. Before you start dieting you have to ask yourself – will I be able to stick to this diet? That’s why it’s important to choose a diet that suits you.
Throw out your scale and bring in the tape measure
The scale awakens more worrying thoughts than calming ones. You’re better of using a tape measure to measure your progress. As you probably know, muscles weigh more than fat, and you’ll also notice that your clothes don’t sit as tight as they used to – even if the numbers on the scale won’t move, thus making the measure tape the superior option.
Reward yourself with something else besides food
Many people like to rewards themselves for their hard work through candy and junk food. But ask yourself, how good do you actually feel after consuming a bag of candy? Not very good I presume. You probably feel a lot of guilt, and that everything you did that day in order to lose weight have gone to waste. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reward yourself, you still should. When you’ve reached one of your goals and have been training very hard you deserve to reward yourself, but not with food. There are many other ways to reward yourself that are guilt free, you could for example get a relaxing massage, go to the spa, or treat yourself to a healthy snack like a fruit salad.
Act, walk and talk as if you already were thin
If you act as if you’re already thin your thoughts will dig into your subconscious mind and make your brain work towards your goal. If you tell your brain you’re already thin, it will help you make smarter decisions when it comes to food and help you pursue a healthy lifestyle.