A lot of common weight loss motivation techniques really don’t last in the long term. Avoid these mistakes below and learn why these common techniques don’t last and how to correct them!
Mistake #1: Getting off to a fast start
Let me explain. Everyone usually starts off great, changing their eating habits, working out more frequently, being more active….but then 3 busy work-filled weeks later, the scale hasn’t changed, you get frustrated, start eating a little bit more, and the vision of your dream body fades away.
Setting long-term goals can help you keep things in perspective. But it’s also important to keep in mind that your goal scale weight is simply a number and by no means the only life-changing benefit from exercise and improved nutrition.
In the beginning, focus more on the immediate internal benefits (more energy, better sleep, lower cholesterol, better mood, etc.) This can help you stay motivated, even if the scale isn’t changing the way you want it to. Setting some short-term goals like 4-10 lbs each month (but this varies so much for each individual) or goals that don’t have to do with your weight (like committing to workout 3-4 times per week) can also help you stay on track.
Mistake #2: Believing in the hype
No matter what, there’s always going to be some new stupid diet or exercise gizmo that will promise you fast results. Watching a bunch of ripped men and women use said product/service on TV can really get you motivated.
I mean, why wouldn’t you want to try the newest 5 minute workout or the newest weight loss pill? It worked for those celebrities that are in crazy good shape, right?
You’re smarter then that, we all know the real truth. Those people are PAID to do those commercials and I guarantee they did NOT use the product/service to get in the shape they are in.
To make things worse, your motivation will drop extremely fast once you don’t get the results that you saw on TV or on the box…even though it says at the very bottom of the screen “results not typical.”
It usually also says: “Results were achieved along with a calorie-reduced diet and regular exercise.” ….Yeah no S#!T!
Save your hard-earned money and stick with what works: hard work, dedication and consistency!
Mistake#3: Stealth Mode
If you were like me, you were already pretty self-conscious about your weight. You certainly don’t want your inner circle (close friends/family) to make a big deal about starting your weight loss journey, right?
You know you can do this all by yourself, so you start bailing on eating out with your friends in the hopes of keeping everything on the down low.
This may seem like a good idea at the start, but trust me, sooner rather than later YOU WILL START TO FEEL ISOLATED, LEFT OUT and LONELY!
This is very counter-productive. So what should you do?
I could act like a sneaky used-car salesman and say : hey, join the bootcamp in Dearborn! …But I won’t do that
No but seriously, the easy fix here is to find a friend, a facebook group or a family member to join you on your journey. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people can make ALL the difference when it comes to staying motivated.
Also, putting your goals out there for the public on facebook really help keep you accountable. Now of course, there will be those facebook friends (or mere acquaintances) that really don’t give a crap about what you put on facebook, but nevermind them!
The people that really care about you will support you on your journey, and that’s what’s most important.
Getting really good at keeping your motivation strong is not a difficult process. But it takes effort, the effort that I’m sure you can put forth. It’s your body after all, right?
I’m always honest with everything I say, so believe me when I tell you that all my life, I was NEVER a morning person.
During the summer, my friends would wake me up with a phone call at 11am to go to the park and play basketball. I loved sleeping in and typically, my day started at 11:30am and I usually went to bed around 2:30am or 3am.
Then I got a “grownup” job and started working 8-5. I knew I wouldn’t have the energy to workout after work, so I forced myself to wake up at 5:20am every single morning so I could workout at home before I left for work.
I’m not going to sit here and lie to you and say it was easy, because it was probably one of the hardest things I ever had to do, especially to be consistent with it.
One of the biggest obstacles people face is getting in the habit of waking up early. They always tell themselves “I’ll do it, no problem. I’ll wake up at 5:30am”
Then their alarm goes off and they hit snooze….5 minutes later it’s another snooze….then they say screw it and go back to sleep.
This goes on for days and they never get in the habit of waking up when they really want to. They’ll say “I’ll do it tomorrow for sure”
Tomorrow then turns into next week, next week turns into next month and before they know it, they’re 10-20 lbs heavier then when they first started out!
I was the same exact way.
So to help you out, I’m going to share my top 4 ways to become a morning person. Let’s get started!
1. You Gotta Plan Ahead!
When I worked a 8-5 job, I always made sure I had everything ready to go for the next day: my prepared meals, water bottle and work folders and stuff. This way, if I overslept a little bit, I’d still be on time.
2. Unpack and Re-pack AS SOON AS YOU GET HOME!
Throw all the dirty Tupperware in the sink or dishwasher, throw all your sweaty clothes in the hamper, and get your new clothes for the next day. Also, cook your meals for the next day too.
If you’ve read most of my blog, you know that cooking healthy food takes very little time.
Doing it like this really stops you from getting lazy as soon as you get home, because you WILL be tired and WILL NOT do it if you wait and unwind. I guarantee you that.
3. Stick With It!
Whatever your morning routine is (wake up, brush teeth, make coffee, feed pets, workout, shower, go to work, etc) ALWAYS DO IT THE SAME.
Not only will this aid in being consistent, but it will help you prevent you from forgetting something in the morning. Yes, it will get monotonous, but you know what? IT WORKS.
4. Avoid Distractions!
I used to check my email right after I woke up but I never replied to anything that wasn’t urgent. I waited until I got to work to do that. Avoid going on your smartphone and using the internet or different apps, it’s very distracting and before you know it, 10 minutes will go by, throwing your entire schedule off!
Don’t learn this the hard way, just take my word for it.
And last but certainly not least…
5.GET ENOUGH F#!CKING SLEEP!
This one always baffles me, so it’s incredibly frustrating for me to talk about. People don’t realize that they are waking up at 5:30am….that’s really damn early if you think about it.
If you want to get 7-8 hours of sleep like you SHOULD, you’d have to be getting to bed at 9:30pm or 10:30pm. Not Midnight!
Sleep effects EVERYTHING about you. Your mood, energy, strength, focus, mental function, etc. These are really important things and sleep should be one of your top priorities.
Not only the quantity of your sleep (i.e. how many hours) but the quality of your sleep is also important. Are you waking up every 2-3 hours? If you are, take a deep look at what’s going on in your life that might be causing this, unless it’s obvious like a baby or something. Fix the problem ASAP!
Well there you have it, my top 5 tips to become a morning person. Please understand that this whole process takes time to get used to. Don’t get frustrated with yourself, just have patience. It WILL pay off, I promise.
But I also have to be honest with you and say this…
You may NEVER like waking up this early, I can honestly say that I STILL hate it. Even though I’m used to it now, it still sucks ass.
I’ll never like waking up so early, but that’s ok, but I don’t have to like it, I just have to do it!
I know the benefits wayyyy outweigh the cons here. So it’s a no-brainer.
Just accept that you hate it, and do it anyways, that’s REAL dedication.
I hope this helps you out a lot, keep the motivation going!
PS: What are some of your tips for waking up early? Let me know below!