Why you can’t stay motivated (and what to do about it!)
Have you ever felt super pumped to start a weight loss program and after a few days/weeks just felt completely unmotivated to keep going?
If so, know that this is completely normal! When you start a new commitment, you get a high from dopamine, a chemical that stimulates pleasure pathways in the brain.
However, since sticking to a commitment doesn’t release dopamine, that feel good feeling that keeps you motivated and excited wears off.
You can guess the rest…you fall off the bandwagon and you stop pursuing your weight loss goals.
Luckily, you don’t have to repeat this scenario any longer! I have the exact tools you need to stay motivated so you can get to your ideal weight and feel good!
1. Write it down!
This step is so easy that you might be tempted to think that you don’t need to do it.
I’m telling you, do yourself a favour and take 5 minutes to write down your specific health and wellness goals.
It’s been proven that people who write down their goals are 42% more likely to reach them. 42%! That’s huge!
When you write your goals, I want you to go a little deeper than “I want to lose X amount of weight…I want to move my body daily…I want to eat more veggies”.
Write those goals down and then write down why you want it. Get to your core inner motivations.
For example, I will move my body daily because it makes me feel strong, happy and energized. When I feel that way, I can accomplish more work in less time, I am more patient with my kids, I experience more joy in my relationships…
Read this page daily. In the morning is best so you can keep your goals and motivations at the forefront of your mind.
This step is sooooo key! You cannot become what you can’t envision.
For 2-5 minutes a day, close your eyes and see a picture of yourself as the woman who has already accomplished the goals you have set out.
While you’re doing this, FEEL into it. Feel how it would be to live in a fit body, to experience radiant health and vitality, to exude confidence and joy. Feel into what that would bring to your life.
Let yourself be moved by that vision of yourself. Know that when you combine vision with action, it is impossible to not move forward towards your goals.
3. Keep moving forward no matter how small the step
I see so many women completely sabotage their weight loss efforts because they think that achieving a healthy weight is an all or nothing process.
Have you ever done this? I know I have!
You tell yourself that you’re trying this new diet and you’re not going to eat sugar. At all. The next day your boss brings a box of doughnuts to work. You walk by the box a few times and resist but by 3pm you cave. You take that Honey Dip doughnut and scarf it down. Then you think “eff it – I’ve ruined it. Tonight instead of eating that broccoli and chicken that I’ve prepped, I’m ordering a pizza. And then I’ll have chocolate cake because tomorrow I’m not allowed.”
We all know that tomorrow rolls around and the same thing will happen. Right?
Stop thinking that you have to be perfect and that it’s the only way you’ll get results. When you think like that, you’ll be falling on and off the bandwagon continuously and your efforts won’t pay off.
Instead, know and trust that every step that you take towards your health, no matter how small, is bringing you forward.
The consistent baby steps will take you way further than the stop and go. If you have that doughnut, enjoy every bite of it and then resume the healthy habits that you want to implement to reach your goals. No derailing! No guilty feelings! It’s that simple.
Alright beautiful, you have all the tools you need to keep that motivation alive beyond the initial phase where you are naturally excited to commit to a goal.
Take these steps, you will look and feel amazing! Even more than that, you’ll be proud of yourself for pursuing your goals all the way through.
You’ve got this!
P.S. If you loved this info, then make sure you download my free Weight Loss Guide to receive even more tools on what to do to lose weight.