January is over, but that doesn’t mean your weight loss resolution has to be! Though your efforts may be lagging, and your morale might have plateaued, you can stay strong with these tips to keep you on track.
Track Your Progress:
Try and think back to what your life was like when you first started this journey. How did you feel? How did you look? What was your health like?
Assess how far you’ve come: maybe you’ve already lost a few pounds, maybe some of your clothes are a little looser than normal, maybe your energy levels are the best they’ve been in years!
Look at a “before” picture and compare it to the much healthier “after” version. Keep your progress in mind and be proud of it!
Letting others in on your plan holds you accountable. If you tell your friends and family that you plan on losing ten pounds by February, you’ve made a claim that you have to stand by!
When friends and family ask you how your resolution is going, and whether you’re making progress, you wan tot give a good report! These key people in your life will provide an encouraging support system.
There’s also a chance that they may join you in your endeavors to get healthy and fit!
Don’t Get bored:
You’ve been doing the same workout routine for a month now, and maybe you’re ready for a challenge!
Come up with a plan for month two of your journey. Choose to train for a 5k, decide to learn a new sport or self defense, or take your workouts outdoors when the warmer months come along.
No one says you have to be bored, and you know better than anyone else what gets you excited and gets your blood pumping!
Make It An Investment:
If you’re invested financially as well as mentally, you’re more likely to follow through.
Register for a road race a month or two down the road. Since you’ve already paid the race fee, you’re more committed to that date, and will likely work harder to get in shape for the race.
If you have a gym membership, or have already paid for a month of yoga classes, wanting to get your money’s worth will help nudge you along.
Your investment could even be as small as a cool new pair of workout shoes or splurging on those kettle bells you’ve been eyeing.
Following through with your goals is not just a physical game, it’s a mental one too. You have to strengthen your mind power and willpower!
Fuel your fire by writing an inspirational quote on your mirror every week, or listening to music that gets you pumped up for your workout. When you feel like you just can’t do it, call a friend who knows about your goals, or check out our article on 18 Ways To Stay Motivated.