Setting your goals for losing weight?

Weight Loss GoalThere are many reasons why we set goals each time we review our achievements. Some of us do it at the end of each year; others do it every time we meet a goal and feel ready for the next one on our priority list.

Today, I decided to bring these special losing weight tips to those focused on reaching a healthy weight and improving our quality of life, especially for those who have been informed by their healthcare provider that they are pre-diabetic or diabetic.

Since I started my coaching practice, I learned so much from my diabetic clients in the Dr. Gala Sugar-Free program. They already possess an innate wisdom that enriches their own experience and, of course, mine. I write this article highlighting some of the most effective tips my clients used to stay motivated. I hope this serves as a token of my gratitude in celebration of International Diabetes Day on November 14th.

8 tips to improve motivation in weight loss

Losing weight takes time and patience because there are no shortcuts. If you need to lose a few pounds, it will take a minimum of several weeks. Major weight loss goals can take several months or even years.

Keeping your motivation high will make it easier to get through those tough days when your weight loss goal seems out of reach.

Use these tips to stay motivated and lose those pounds:

1. Post your favorite inspirational quotes on your mirror or refrigerator. A quick boost can save the day when your motivation is waning. It can also be an effective way to start your day.

My clients do this to stay motivated: Post some quotes on the bathroom mirror. Doing the same on the fridge door can prevent a dietary break.

2. Keep track of your progress. Keeping track of your progress is motivating and smart. How will you know if your diet and exercise plan is effective if you do not take action regularly?

My clients do this to stay motivated: Journaling has been a very effective way for my clients. Make sure you write down what challenges you overcome each day and how it showed up on your progress. There are many ways to track your progress. Find and use the one that motivates you the most.

3. Use weight loss bottles as a visual reminder. Keeping written records of your weight loss is an effective exercise, but it is sometimes difficult to see a 2-pound loss in the mirror.

My clients do this to stay motivated: Fill a glass jar with decorative stones or marbles. Each is equal to one pound you want to lose. As you lose weight, move your marker from the full jar to an empty one. It’s exciting to see the contents of one jar shrink as the other increases.

4. Hire a personal trainer. Going to the gym regularly is not easy. Most of us are adept at thinking of reasons why staying home makes sense. Knowing that your personal trainer is waiting for you at the gym greatly increases your incentive to show up.

My clients do this to stay motivated: A good personal trainer will also keep track of your progress and hold you accountable.

5. Find a partner to exercise or lose weight. Losing weight can be a lonely process. Considering the obesity rates in first world countries, there are many others in the same situation. Find a friend that you can communicate with regularly. Ideally, you can also find someone to accompany you to workouts.

6. Buy new exercise equipment. Some new exercise clothes and shoes can inspire activity. If your workouts are running late, a new outfit could be the motivation you need.

7. List your reasons for losing weight. After a few weeks of dieting, it is typical to lose track of your original motivation. Make a list of all the reasons you want to lose weight. No reason is too small or petty, as long as it is true.

My clients do this to stay motivated: Do you want to look better? Improve your health? Fit in your old jeans? Please write it down and check your list regularly.

8. Provide small rewards along the way. It might be a bad idea to wait until you reach your final goal to reward yourself. Start with small goals to get started. Dieting gets more difficult after a while, so give yourself more rewards as you go.

Keeping your motivation high is an important part of reaching any weight loss goal. Losing weight is a slow process, and progress can be hard to see at times. Motivation is personal. What works for others may require some tweaking to be effective for you.

Stay focused on all the great progress you are making and keep looking forward. A small amount of attention and motivation each day can keep your spirits and expectations high.

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