Like most of you I’ve been through my cycles of weight loss and weight gain. Something would spark my motivation and I would be hyper focused for weeks at a time.
And then the drive would start to taper. That taper would lead to a few missed workouts or some off plan eating.
This would continue until losing weight was no longer my #1 priority any more. It looked something like this:
- Yeah, let’s do this!
- It’s working!
- This isn’t so bad.
- I’m gonna look awesome come summer time.
- I’m hungry, but I’m doing great, so I can afford to eat that.
- I’m feeling too lazy to work out today. Missing one workout won’t matter.
- Man, I haven’t worked out in a week. I need to work out tomorrow.
- OK, it’s been another week without a workout now.
- Ugh, my weight is starting to go back up from all that garbage I’ve been eating.
- I did all that work for nothing.
- Eh, what’s the point. I should just be happy with who I am. It’s wintertime anyways.
- I. Hate. My. Body.
Rinse and repeat – over and over and over again.
I see people going through those same cycles as I did. The thoughts might be slightly different, and the motivation to lose weight might come from a different place, but almost everyone goes through the following cycle:
Our ultimate goal is to take that initial motivation and extend it all the way until we reach our goal, which is forever, as there is no real destination – only a way of life. Our goal is to make motivation into a habit itself.
The Most Effective Weight Loss Motivation
I’m not going to throw out a bunch of gimmicky motivational tools in the hopes one of them sticks. Yes, pictures of fit people, pictures of overweight people, music, workout partners, swimsuit season, and fear of embarrassment are all potential motivation sparks. But they are short term sparks. They won’t last forever.
Here’s how you create forever-lasting motivation for weight loss…
You make every aspect of your weight loss program enjoyable. You love what you eat. You love how much you eat. You love your exercise. You love moving your body. You love the way it makes you feel. You love the way it makes others feel.
And this next part is what’s most important – you don’t care about what anyone else thinks about what you’re doing. That means if you were the only other person in this world you would still do all the same things. You would still eat all the same things. You would still do all the same workouts.
The people who are always in shape LIVE for fitness. They are passionate about it. It is their life. It’s what makes them happy and brings them pleasure – not the end result, but the simple act of doing.
They love the journey – not the destination. And when they think that way they receive the instant gratification that is necessary to always feel motivated.
You can have what you want today – right now in this very instant if you change the way you think about your weight loss.
There is no destination. The destination is forever, and the sooner you see that the sooner you can enjoy the NOW and find the energy and motivation to change.
Latch on to what makes you happy right now and go with it. Get excited about it. Look forward to it.
That new cycle will push you forward forever.