How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight

Happy New Year!

You know what that means…diets, exercise programs, and gym memberships. Right?

Weight loss is the most common New Year’s resolution.

But did you know that only 8% of people accomplish their New Year’s resolution? Whoa!

You know how it is…

January you jump on your shiny new treadmill you got for Christmas—by February your prized treadmill became a giant clothes hanger. 

Well that’s not gonna be you this year, my friend. Click on the video to keep your mojo going strong.

Video Transcript — How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight

This year, you’re finally going to accomplish your New Year’s Resolution. I’ll show you how.

Mariah here from mariahdolan.com, your busy mom headquarters to help you love the skin you’re in, and I just want to say, “Happy New Year!”

The new year signifies a fresh new start, and also the infamous, “New Year’s Resolution.” And the #1 most common resolution is to lose weight.

If a client comes to me and says, “I want to lose 70 pounds,” I say, “Awesome, let’s do it!”
I write it down, and we never talk about it again.

Why?

Because that’s her loooong term goal.

It could take a year to lose 70 pounds. Certainly attainable, but a daunting task without the right approach.

Big goals like that take a lot of time, persistence and commitment. And if that’s your only goal, you’re constantly reminded that you’re not reaching it.

As you know I’m a physical therapist, so let’s say I’m working with a patient who’s had a stroke and has completely lost function on his left side.

His long term goal is going to be able to walk again so he can function independently in life. But it could take 6 months for him to walk again.

So imagine if I go into each therapy session with my patient, he works incredibly hard and at the end of it I say, “Yeah, but you still can’t walk.”

That’s horrible! I would never say that to my patients. It’s so cruel. It’s a constant reminder that he hasn’t reached his goals yet.

Don’t treat yourself like that. Don’t continuously send messages to your brain that you’re failing. Because you’re not. You’re just not setting goals right.

For this reason, help your self out!

Take your long term goal and break it up into a series of weekly goals.

Each of these short term goals moves you closer to your long term goal while giving you a sense of accomplishment along the way. It invigorates your drive and propels you forward.

So back to losing weight. If you want to lose 70 pounds, write that down as your long-term goal.

Then, write a series of weekly goals that’ll help get you to that long term goal.

For example, “This week I’m not going to drink any more soda.”

Then next week, “I’m going to sweat for 30 minutes 5 days/week.”

Then the following week, “I’m going to have a large, raw salad with my dinner every night.”

See how those aren’t so bad. And at the end of the week, you feel triumphant because you keep checking off goals.

It makes you feel productive. It gives you momentum.

AND, most importantly, you don’t get overwhelmed by integrating too much too soon.

Now you.

What’s your New Year’s Resolution this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Cheers to your health,

Mariah

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  1. Joy

    Thank you for the inspirational post! I haven’t made any fitness resolutions this year. I guess I need your motivation just to make some resolutions–ha, ha! I do want to see an eye doctor, do something fun as a family outside of the house once a week, finish decorating my kids rooms and redecorate our bedroom. Maybe what I need to do this year is link my non-fitness resolutions to fitness goals. I can’t redecorate until I’ve lost 5 pounds or rather, I GET to redecorate as a reward for losing 5 pounds….

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