Thursday, 7 January 2010

Ways to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight

Well, it's a New Year and many of you have made resolutions to lose weight, get fit and stay healthy.  That's great!  Good for you!  The problem is most of you will lose motivation and will quickly let your resolution slide away.....So, let's prevent that from happening! Here's some helpful ways to stay motivated this year!

 Put Pen to Paper

You may laugh at this, but writing down your fitness and weight goals is a very effective way to convince yourself that you mean business.  It will also keep you accountable.  Seeing your resolution in words will help you realize that you deserve to lose weight and be healthy.

When you write down your goals, be specific.  Use the SMART system:
S: Specific.  Be very clear in what your goals are. Losing weight by exercising and eating nutritional foods

M: Measurable: I am going to lose 10 pounds

A: Action: What actions will you take?  Will you join a gym?  Start running? By some exercise DVD's? Enlist help online? Start making healthier recipes?

R: Realistic: You can't set a goal that you know you won't attain.  Don't say "I plan on losing 100 pounds in the next 3 months"  That's just setting yourself up for a disappointment. Something more like " I will lose 1-2 pounds per week" is much more do-able, and your brain will say "yes, okay! Can-do!"

T: Time-based: Set yourself a time limit.  If you have a deadline you are much more likely to work towards it, then if you don't!

Stop by tomorrow for another great way to stay motivated!

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