Top 3 Motivation Mistakes You Need to Stop Making
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?