I often hear of people saying how they lack motivation to do certain things in life to help them lose fat and get healthier. This can be a common problem. People quite often rely on outside factors the GIVE THEM motivation but when you do this it always fades.
The first piece of advice I would give you is being honest with yourself about what you want out of life. Sit down and write a letter detailing the sort of person you want to be and life you want to have in detail. Example:
I want to feel happy and confident in my own skin. I want to be able to go clothes shopping without fear or embarrassment. I would love to be able to run after and play with my children without getting out of breath or even just walk down the street feeling confident. There is a dress in my wardrobe I have not had on in 10 years I would like to happily slip into it. There is always an uncertainty about what foods I can eat and if what I am doing is correct. I want to have the confidence that my knowledge is correct and I know exactly the type of things I should be eating for optimal health.
Go into great detail about what you want from life and imagine how it will be when you reach your goal. This should form part of your motivation, anytime you are looking for it read this letter to yourself.
Secondly, I want you to plan how you are going to reach this life you have detailed in the letter. What are the small steps you have got to do to get there? Having a plan of action will inspire you to get moving. So, for example set goals
- 6-month goal – lose 2 stone – fit into that old dress
- 3-month goal – lose 1 stone – Fitness level improved can easily walk 10,000 steps a day
- 6-week goal -1/2 stone
- 3 week – 3-4lbs
- Weekly – 1-2lbs
From this set yourself small daily goals start off with 1 or 2 do not try to do them all at once or you won’t succeed.
Week 1 track step count average 4000, daily goal try to up step count to 6000
Once you are regularly getting this move it up to 7000 and so on until you are reaching your 10,000 a ay no problem and it is installed as a habit. Then move on to another goal e.g., drink 2L of water a day, improve your sleep to 7 hours, have 5 fruit and veg a day. Again, remember to only do 1-2 at a time until you master these habits. It is your daily habits and consistency which will lead you to success and motivation.
Another way to find motivation is to get yourself outside and spend some time. There is nothing worse than sitting vegetating in the house having not seen the light of day for too many days to count. Sunlight and vitamin D are a natural mood booster. Its good for you to get outside, feel the sun (or clouds) on your face. If you are going to go out a walk try to do it as soon as you can in the morning when the sun is up. This helps to regulate your sleep pattern and tells your brain this I when I should be awake and feeling good. Most people in Scotland actually lack vitamin D so it’s a good idea to take a vitamin D supplement as it can affect your mood and make you feel low.
The take away from this blog…motivation is yours to deal with and get. Any time you try to get it from somewhere else it will fade quickly. You have to be your own motivation to push forward. If you would like to talk more about motivation and changing your life drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan ‘the motivator’ McLean