Eye on the prize
To help keep yourself going when trying to lose weight, experts say to take a look at what you want to achieve. People who set targets are more likely to have weight loss success. How do yours look?
Make goals specific. Whether your goal is to lose 20 pounds or 10, you’re off to a good start when you make it something specific. That way you can celebrate when you get there.
Break your big goal into small parts. For example, if you want to lose 40 pounds, try thinking about losing 4 pounds a month. When you break goals up into small tasks that you can check off, it'll be less overwhelming. Every success will add fuel to your fire keep you pumped up!
Focus on today. Also, you might need to invent short-term goals to help you make it through everyday decisions. For example, on a normal day, you may have to choose between eating candy or an apple. It might be easier to choose the apple if your daily goal is to eat two fruits (in order to help you to fit into that outfit). Then you’re saying yes to a goal instead of no to the candy.
Move Past the Mirror
Remember that the mirror only gives you a surface view. It doesn’t show the person you are inside. Plus, your mind can skew the image you’re seeing. Beating yourself up won’t help you reach your goals. You need positive energy around you as you try to lose weight.
Instead, remind yourself of your strengths. Post quotes that inspire you on the mirror. Or create your own. “I am strong” or “I accept myself just as I am.”
As you see these messages more and more, you’ll start to feel better about yourself. That boost in self-esteem will help keep you going on your weight loss journey