Monday, February 18, 2013

Stay Motivated

There are hundreds of ways to stay motivated, but that doesn't mean that they will all work for you. The trick is to find what works for you and your weight loss and wellness journey. Sometimes the only way to find out what works for you is to try different things. So here are a few tips that work for me and hopefully they'll work for you too. But ... if they don't, just keep looking, ask around, see what works for other people and try them to see if they work for you too.

Tip #1
Set reasonable goals - You may have 100 pounds to lose, but if you focus on that 100 and you only lose 2 pounds per week, it will take a LONG time to reach your goal. Instead, focus on 10 pounds per month or even just the 1 - 2 pounds per week. You're much more likely to stick to something if you feel like you're accomplishing something. So make reasonable goals. They can be pounds, inches, fitting into your skinny jeans, or even just emotional accomplishments like feeling good about yourself.

Tip #2
Eat blue, wear red - You know how light green is supposed to be a calm color, which is why it's often found in hospitals? Well, they say that blue is an appetite suppressant. So eat your dinner on a blue plate and supposedly you won't feel the need to eat quite as much. And red? Well, they say red is known to help boost your mood. So if you're feeling the lack of energy, put on your red and it is supposed to boost your energy and your self confidence.

Tip  #3
Be optimistic - This is one of the most important tips for weight loss, but also one that I try to follow just as a rule to life. It's very easy to get down about your journey as you miss a workout or indulge in some ice cream, but that doesn't mean that you should give up completely. Instead, focus on what you have been doing right and all the hard work you've put into your journey and get right back on track. If you don't, you'll just be that much further behind when  you do get back into it.

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