Before we get started, I hope that you’re all doing well, and plugging along on your weight loss journey. I am happy to report that, to date, I’m down 45.5 lbs (since St. Patrick’s Day this year,) and am working happily towards my final goal – I can see it! It’s off in the distance, but it’s there! In the meantime, I’m enjoying learning about new foods to include in my daily 1,200 calories that also keep me on a great nutritional track and ensure that I’m reaching recommended vitamin & nutrient intake models per day. I highly recommend that you check out the site, www.caloriecount.com, and take advantage of the built-in logs (food, weight and activity) that they offer. These are some great tools – and, they’re interesting, too! For example, on the food log, after you’ve entered the items that you’ve consumed per meal, you can do an analysis that tells you which vitamins/nutrients you need more of or which you’ve eaten too much of (within your 1,200 calories, remember,) and which foods contribute to either of those conditions. Using this as a tool, you can plan your meals better to ensure that you’re coming in right on target, and maximizing your nutritional intake. In short, fabulous tool! Again, here’s the site – check it out: www.caloriecount.com.
It’s important when you’re on a weight loss journey to identify motivators that will help to keep you focused on your goal, and moving in the right direction. For some, simply weighing in daily and seeing progress is motivation. For others, setting firm milestones along the journey provide the encouragement that they need – for example, “For every 20 lbs. I lose, I can buy myself a new dress.”
But, what about you? What motivates you? Have you identified those key-drivers to help you along your weight loss way? You don’t have to, but you should. But, why? Can’t I simply lose weight and live my life? Sure, you can. If that’s what works for you, then go nuts. But, for the rest of us, the majority of us, we need motivators to help us along, and studies have shown that by using goal-setting and motivational tools along the way, you’re more likely to keep the weight off. So, if you fall into the latter category, think about how you will reward yourself when you see your positive weight loss results.
For the record, I’m a fairly simple person who is easily motivated, and also enjoys structure, so, seeing progress in the form of clothes fitting better, the number on the scale getting lower, hearing compliments from people I haven’t seen in a while … those all work for me. Compounding that, I live by those logs that can be found on www.caloriecount.com. That’s the structure I mentioned before. I treat my food log almost as a puzzle – what foods can I eat to get each of the various metrics to read “good” and give me an “A” grade for the day? To me, it’s a fun game! Those are my motivators, and so far so good … the weight is coming off.
Are you supporting your weight loss with motivators that will help you to ensure that you, once you’ve lost the weight you want to, keep the pounds off? If so, appreciate them and continue to incorporate them into your day. If not, do yourself a favor and try to figure out what will encourage you to achieve weight loss success.
Here’s one last little trick: Be selfish! Don’t share your motivators with anyone! They’re yours – hog ‘em up, and own ‘em. Sometimes, through no fault of their own, friends and/or family members will make comments (good or bad) about your progress – 99% of the time, they mean well … they really do. But, weight loss can be a very sensitive subject, and many of us can be easily derailed, even by innocuous comments made by loved ones. Protect your motivators, keep them to yourself. Imagine you’ve lost 20 lbs and, as you promised yourself, you get to buy yourself a new dress. Maybe you have another 60 lbs to go, but you’re happy with your progress so far, and are treating yourself. A comment such as, “New dress? Why waste your money now – you have a lot more weight to lose! Spend you’re money when you’re done … ” can send you into a complete tailspin and, if you’re easily affected by others’ opinions or comments, can derail you from your terrific progress. Yes, keep your motivators to yourself, and celebrate what you deem as progress …. it should be nobody else’s business or concern, and you deserve it. Plain and simple – you earned it, you worked towards it, you deserve it. Protect your motivators … and celebrate those moments when you achieve your goals!
So, what motivates you? (Ha! Trick question! Don’t tell me! Answer that one for yourself!!)