5 Ways to Motivate Yourself

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Don’t Give up on That New Year’s Resolution Yet!

1.    Get out those clothes your looking forward to:

  Grab that bathing suit you are hoping to wear this summer. Guys and Gals, whether you want to look great in that bikini, those swim trunks, or even those skinny jeans you have hidden in the closet. Put them in a place you will see them every day, like in your bathroom mirror, or on the back of your bedroom door.  Tell yourself, “I am going to get a step closer to this today.”

2.    Start a collage.

   There are many reasons why people want to lose weight, or get fit, or eat healthier. What are yours? Make a list of the top 5-10 reasons why you want to do this. This can be anything from being able to keep up with your kids, to feeling sexier when you see yourself nude in the mirror. Find pictures, draw, or find articles of things to represent those reasons. Make a collage for yourself and put it where you will be able to see it daily.

3.    Tell people.

   The more people you tell about this lifestyle change, or workout regime you are  trying, the more likely you are to keep up with it. I don’t mejust tell them once, I mean keep updated with them as well. If you have a person or people who are doing similar things, make it a goal to talk to each other often, and talk about the progress you are making! This way you can motivate each other!

4.    Have a Mantra.

    Remember Dori fromFinding Nemo? Remember her mantra? Just keep swimming…When you feel like skipping out on the last part of a routine, don’t want to climb those stairs today, or want to eat that pecan pie, start saying your mantras so you can focus back on your goal. I personally live on the 5th floor of my building. I hate climbing those stairs, but I tell myself I HAVE to do it. My personal mantra is Bikini, Bikini, Bikini. This is because for me, I have never felt fit enough to wear a Bikini in my LIFE. So the thought of rewarding myself with a nice bikini, and having the guts to wear it, makes this little mantra a great one for me. What’s most important to you?

5.    Set small, reasonable Goals.

  For every small goal you reach, the success of meeting these goals will give you the energy and excitement to reach the next one. For example. Lets say you want to lose 36 pounds, get rid of belly fat, and give up your favorite candy. Don’t start your change with all this as one goal. Experts say a goal of loosing 2lbs a week is reasonable. So this person has 18 weeks, or 4 months to achieve this goal. I would also recommend giving yourself some slack when it comes to the giant goal. 20 weeks is a better goal to set, giving yourself some slack. Each week, see if you have made your goal. If not, move that goal to the next week, and push yourself harder. With each small goal in mind, the big goal will come easier than you think.

If you have other motivation ideas that worked for you, feel free to let me know! ~Healthygirl