In a weight loss journey, motivation and consistency are some of the hardest things to maintain. Once I discovered how to stay motivated, things changed consistently, and fitness is now a lifestyle.
Many tips will help you become consistently motivated, but I feel these are seven ways I feel helped me on my journey. I’m sharing seven ways to stay consistent.
The first tip to be consistently motivated:
Remember your “Why?”, Often!
A way to mentally stay consistent is to remind yourself of your why and remind yourself often. Why did you start the goal? Was it to get a specific size. That only lasts for a moment, and then it falls by the wayside. Dig deep and find something that will get you up on those hard days. What’s motivating you to change your script and make a change. It prompted you to begin, which is probably the hardest part.
Another tip to help you stay motivated on your journey. It is how you speak to yourself. Be careful about how you talk to yourself because you’re listening.
Too often, we say what we believe we’re unable to do. Stop telling yourself that you can’t do something; you’re powerless. You don’t have time; you don’t have money. There are so many reasons why you can’t do so many things. You need to figure out what you can do, and you start telling yourself that you can.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
Stop feeling guilty and stop seeking perfection.
When people look at me they think, she does everything entirely. I remember being eight-five pounds heavier, scrolling watching other perfect people. But we all started as a beginner. It took me over two years to achieve my goal. You’re never going to climb a mountain without mishaps. There will be slips, falls, and stumbles throughout the entire process. Setbacks and progress, and even when you reach the top, you may trip up a little, and that is okay.
Stop feeling guilty about the things that you messed up and are already done. Stop worrying about what you did yesterday; it’s already happened. Just focus on what you’re doing today and what you can do for your next decision.
Perfection is overrated! To get you to where you want to go, you may have to stop getting caught up in perfection. There’s only one perfect person that walks this planet, and His name was Jesus, who knew we would never meet perfection without Him.
We prioritize what we feel is important; usually, our own personal care is last. I remember when I did not prioritize myself, and it affected everything that I did. When I began taking time to do devotions every day, being mindful of how I nourish my body and moving, that took the time that I had to make within my day to care for myself to be my best. I had to sacrifice some of my habits and replace them with better habits. I had to combine some things within my day to make time, but ultimately. I had to prioritize what I felt was necessary.
Do you have 20-30 minutes a day to spare for yourself? You can prioritize your favorite television show. Making sure you don’t miss that you can’t miss the appointment. You also prioritize your children’s time. They will get where they need to be when they need to be there, even if it’s something as simple as a playdate. Put yourself on the schedule for 20 minutes a day and see the difference in how you show up in other areas of your life.
Find some good accountability.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
We were meant to live in the community so that we could hold each other accountable. Even as we walk different journeys together, we are to be there for each other. Whether it’s online or that person in your life that loves you unconditionally, find some accountability.
A right accountability partner loves you and can support you by letting you cry on their shoulder but, at the same time, pick you back up and tell you to get back out there and do it all over again. So pray and seek out the right accountability partner. If you are having difficulty finding one, I would love to hold you accountable in my Bible and Bootcamps program or on my FaithFueled Life App. Once you find that accountable person, you create boundaries for those who don’t qualify to join your support team.
There are people in your life who, despite how much they love you or you love them, are not significant influences on living a healthier lifestyle. Those people need to create boundaries. They won’t understand why you’re changing your habits or the funny stuff that you may be eating, and that’s okay. Don’t let other people’s judgment affect your conviction to honor your temple. Just pray that your transformation is a motivation for them to live a healthier lifestyle. Protect your peace by finding other ways to love them that do not involve food. It may change the dynamics of your relationship for good.
If you set up proper boundaries, you think this would be a given, but sometimes we let other peoples’ opinions run rampant in our head. At least, I do. I sometimes care what I think others will consider or what other people don’t approve that I don’t try something that I might enjoy. For example, the Backlash when tried the Keto Diet or Intermittent Fasting and found that those things work for my body despite others’ opinions. We are all different, so don’t let other people’s opinions dictate what you’re doing on your journey.
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If you’re going to try any of my tips, I will start by celebrating the small win that you are trying to make a change in your life. Don’t focus on the end goal. Take it day by day, moment by moment, and enjoy the process.
Which one of these tips are you going to try?