How To Get Motivated To Lose Weight and Get Lean

How To Get Motivated To Lose Weight: 4 tips on how to get motivated to lose weight and get lean.

So you are looking through a magazine thinking about how you want to get motivated to lose weight and get lean and you see a picture of a model, competitor, idol, etc and it hits you. That’s what I want to look like.

That’s the body I want to achieve. You get that funny feeling in your stomach that confirms that yes, there is no question about it. This is your new goal. Setting a goal is an awesomefeeling, isn’t it? You’re full or energy, inspired, and ready to get to work. But then a few weeks or months down the road, you notice yourself in a funk. You need to get motivated again! Here are a 4 tips on how to get motivated when you feel yourself hitting a slump.

1. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

Even the people that you look up to—even that superstar in the magazine that helped you set this goal into motion in the first place—aren’t perfect. No one is! Rather than holding yourself up to unrealistic standards and pushing yourself to the point that makes this goal no fun anymore, relax a little. Take it day by day, do the best you can, and know that every challenge (i.e. mistake, slip-up, moment of questioning) is an opportunity to make yourself better.

2. Force negates, let your inspiration guide you.

We all know that feeling when we think we need to do something, but we really don’t want to do it, yet we force ourselves to get motivated and do it anyway. Sometimes once you get going, you get into the groove, feel better and are glad you made yourself do it. But what if instead of forcing yourself in a really uncomfortable way to get motivated, you got inspired first, then got to work? Everyone talks about vision boards and setting SMART goals, but the root of it all is simply knowing why you want to lose weight and get lean. When you get right down to it, you’re doing it because of how you want to feel about yourself. You want to feel strong, confident, happy, powerful, fulfilled, satisfied… whatever the reason is for you. If you can tap into that emotion now, it usually gets your energy going and makes you want to jump into action, toward achieving that goal. This is why vision board, favorite playlists, workout buddies, etc are so helpful... because they are an immediate outlet to this hyped-up inspired feeling of motivation.

3. Become obsessed with that feeling.

You’ve probably heard (or said) the phrase, “I’m obsessed with that,” at least once in your lifetime. If you really want to lose weight and get lean, become obsessed with these feeling (mentioned above) that inspire you. Make it your mission to feel that way as often as you can right now. The truth is, you don’t really need to lose weight and get lean in order to feel awesome, it’s just a matter of choice. Choose to look for the qualities in yourself and in your life that help bring out those good feeling right now. Make lists of things currently present in your life that help you to feel these emotions. Specifically look for reasons to feel empowered, strong, and satisfied and you’d be surprised at how quickly those feelings show up and jolt you with ideas, energy, and inspiration to get moving. We sort of have it backward, thinking that we’ve got to lose weight and get lean and then we’ll feel worthy of feeling good about ourselves. We've confused ourselves about goal-setting and have forgotten that the real reason to set a goal isn't to achieve it, but rather because it’s just fun to challenge ourselves! Rather than focusing on how to get motivated, put your attention on becoming obsessed with feeling powerful, strong, happy, etc right now in this moment, as you continue to challenge yourself to greater and greater heights. You don’t have to change one thing about yourself in order to be whole and worthy of feeling awesome.

4. Realize that once you lose weight and get lean, you’re going to almost immediately set another goal.

This is why it’s so important to not set up the expectation that once you get “there” then you’ll feel happy, satisfied, fulfilled, strong, etc because you’ll always want more. There is no such thing as enough, and that’s okay because that’s just how we are wired. This is a big part of what life is about and why people are always saying that life is a journey—because it’s not about crossing the finish line, it’s about experiencing all the adventure along the way. The sooner you can understand this, the more comfortable and fun the road to achieving your goals (and your life) will be. Which one of these tips are you going to use the next time you find yourself in a funk and start thinking about how to get motivated? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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