A major factor in determining our level of success is motivation. Let’s face it… there’s not much in life keeping us from achieving our goals or realizing our dreams except us. Quite honestly, we are often the biggest obstacle in our way. Ok, maybe there are some exceptions to realizing all our goals and dreams, however, weight loss can be achieved by almost everyone.
I Need Motivation to Lose Weight
I’m sure most of us have struggled with low motivation levels and self doubt at some point in our lives. It’s important to remember that even highly motivated individuals suffer from bouts of depression or self doubt. I can only assume it’s their coping mechanisms, habits and support systems that help to increase their motivation levels. Support systems are important which is why I advise signing up for our free eBook and staying connected to blogs such as this one. Subscribing to blogs and surrounding yourself with like-minded people who are trying to achieve the same goals are great motivators.
Don’t feel hopeless, we all face moments of doubt throughout our lives. If lack of motivation is keeping you from achieving your weight loss goals, then I’m confident you’ll find many actionable steps in this post to help you break through your motivation slump.
How to Find your Motivation to Lose Weight
Many of us share similar reasons for wanting to achieve our weight loss goals:
-we want to look better
-we want to feel better
-summer vacation is approaching
-we want to improve or maintain our health
However, many of us would benefit from more specific goals. I highly recommend making your goals more specific than:
-I want to lose weight for my sister’s wedding
-I want to lose weight for summer vacation
The reason I think you should create more long term specific goals is because what happens when those events are over?
Do you gain weight again and then start all over when the next event comes along?
You need to dig deep and confront the pain or discomfort you feel by not having achieved your weight loss goals. I remember seeing a photo of myself and I was so mad I put it on the fridge. Looking at the photo infuriated me and that’s what got me going.
What’s your defining moment?
What situation or comment gets you worked up about losing weight?
Find that thing that gets you worked up. Perhaps it’s an outfit or a pair of jeans that you loved to wear in the past and doesn’t fit anymore. Maybe you previously played a sport or participated in an activity that you gave up due to your weight or energy levels.
How about your medical condition? I remember visiting the doctor and getting some blood work done just to find out that my cholesterol and blood sugar were high.
Between the blood work and the unpleasant photo of myself, I said enough was enough and that’s when I decided to make a change.
Remember this quote and apply it to all aspects of your life…it is simple and profound…the answer will allow you to achieve and realize your dreams and goals. Write it down and place it where it’s visible. The answer will accelerate your motivation to lose weight.
“When your why is big enough, you’ll figure out your how.”
Think about that and let it sink in.
Can you honestly look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself “I can’t lose weight?” Come on, you can’t honestly believe that!
You have to want it so bad that nothing else matters.
If you’re on facebook all the time…STOP
If you’re watching too much tv…STOP
If you’re playing mindless internet games…STOP
If you need help, ask me questions or find the answers you’re looking for…they’re out there.
Your Motivation to Lose Weight Tips
If you’ve ever watched NBC’s The Biggest Loser, you undoubtedly noticed the extreme weight loss results the contestants were able to achieve in a short amount of time. Remember the contestants are professionally trained all day long and medically supervised throughout the entire process to achieve their dramatic weight loss results. It’s also important to remember that it’s a tv show. If they were losing one pound a week, the show would have been off the air a long time ago. The point I’m trying to make is that you shouldn’t use that show as a metric as to how much you should lose per week.
Implement a series of small, actionable steps and act on it. I know that when I have a lot going on or a lot on my mind, the thought of exercise gets overwhelming. Take a deep breath and remember
“When your why is big enough, you’ll figure out your how.”
Don’t ever forget that, let it be your guide.
Find a way to incorporate exercising and eating healthy into your life but don’t allow it to take over your life. You’re in control. Many experts agree that 80% of our body composition is determined by what we eat. Don’t dismiss exercise because it’s only 20% because it does play a vital role in our ability to lose weight. Just don’t stress out over exercise. It doesn’t take as much as many people will have you believe.
The diet and exercise program I’m currently following is “The Primal Blueprint” by Mark Sisson. I find this approach to eating and exercising fits into my lifestyle very well. It’s a very flexible approach and I’ve been experiencing great results. I’m exercising and following his diet and I’m really enjoying it. I don’t count calories and I don’t obsess over exercise. Why not take the primal leap and experience these amazing results for yourself?
Motivation to Lose Weight and Exercise
I promised that I wouldn’t push any diets on my blog, however, I also did promise that I would share any resources I’ve found that have helped me in reaching my goals. If you’re not opposed to eating meat and restricting your carbohydrate intake to an amount your body can properly manage, I highly recommend reading Mark Sisson’s book “The Primal Blueprint” and checking out his blog at
I view his approach as more of a lifestyle than a diet. Your motivation to lose weight and exercise will become more instinctual rather than programmed or restrictive.
Motivation to Lose Weight Quotes
I’d like to leave you with two inspirational stories of people who found their “why” and answered with an amazing “how.”
Terry Hitchcock lost his wife to breast cancer and was left to raise three small children. Terry wanted to raise awareness to the plight of struggling single parents…his “why.”
Terry raised awareness by running the equivalent of 75 marathons in 75 days. He ran from St. Paul MN to Atlanta GA. This was his “how.”
What about Steve Wampler’s story?
Steve pulled himself up with his hands 20,000 times in six days. He reached the summit of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, a mountain summit twice the height of the Empire State Building. Steve wanted to bring awareness to children and people suffering with physical disabilities. Steve himself suffers from cerebral palsy.
His “why” was raising awareness to people with physical disabilities. His “how” was the epic climb to the summit of El Capitan.
I hope these two stories inspired you to find your “why” in life and accelerates your motivation to lose weight.
“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” Confucius
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