Let’s get real about weight loss. Of course your main reason for wanting to lose weight should be to improve your health and longevity. And for most of you, I’m sure it is.
Even though we know there will be huge benefits waiting on the other end of that sweet success, it can be hard to stay the course.
Especially when you don’t know where to start, it can be hard to see the finish line. There are so many fad diets, online fitness trainers, shakes and the list goes on and on.
Regretfully speaking, I’ve tried too many of those quick fix ways to get the ball rolling. And when it’s all said and done, adapting to an overall healthy lifestyle is the route I chose to take.
I have to watch what I’m eating, watch my portion sizes and I recently joined a gym with my husband that I absolutely love!
Even knowing that I will be better off once I reach my actual weight loss goals, it can still be difficult at times to maintain the guidelines I’ve set out for myself. So, we’re in this together.
Here are some tips that keep me motivated and keep my mind on track when I’m losing focus:
1.) Keep in mind that you’re improving your health:
I saw a doctor who very clearly spelled out all of the diseases that the stomach is a breeding ground for. Especially if you carry most of your weight in your stomach, you are at risk for various types of disease and cancers. Losing that weight and getting that extra fat out of there will improve your health drastically.
2.) Think of how you will look when you reach your ideal weight:
This is not about vanity! You’re working hard for that body you want, own it. Use the power of visualization to work in your favor. Seriously, think of the body you will have at the end of the road.
Give yourself about 60 seconds a day to just sit, close your eyes and imagine yourself in that body. In shaa Allah (God willing) that will come to fruition for you!
3.) It will increase your confidence and self-esteem:
When we look better, naturally we feel better. Please don’t think that you cannot have confidence in yourself right now. You most definitely should! Living in the body you desire will only increase your self-esteem.
Just the fact that you will have completed this journey successfully, will give you all the confidence in the world that you can do whatever you put your mind to. This happens anytime we complete a huge goal that we set out to accomplish and then accomplish it.
4.) You will increase your endurance and feel better:
Having the extra weight off your body will allow you to move around more with ease. If you have children, you will be able to run and play with them without getting winded. Stairs will not be an issue and you can explore the world around you effortlessly.
Please go explore! Me and my girls love it. When you lose weight, naturally your health improves (if you do it the right way). Because of that boost in your health improvement you will feel better.
5.) Enjoy better skin and healthy hair:
Again, if you’ve done this the right way and increased your intake of healthy fruits and vegetables, you’ll literally be wearing the benefits. Especially with drinking your daily recommendation of water (at least 8 cups).
You will see clearer skin, healthier hair and stronger nails. I mean if you think about it, vitamins that are supposed to help with these issues are packed with fruits and veggies. Get it straight from the source.
Bonus: Justified shopping trip in the works!
If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight, your clothes probably won’t fit. I think that calls for a shopping spree.
Fun Idea: For every pound you lose put away a certain amount of money. It can be in the bank or a jar, get creative and make it look cool. Once you’ve reached your goal weight, take the money and go buy some new clothes. You may not get an entire wardrobe but something to make you feel the change.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to go about weight loss in the safest way possible. Don’t get caught up in gimmicks and scams. I recommend doing it naturally. Change your lifestyle. Eat better, move more and keep a positive mindset.
Fitness trackers are a great motivator, but they can be costly. Check out this low-cost alternative that you can purchase right from Amazon. Enjoy all the same perks of a high-end tracker!
Develop healthy habits for a lifetime and you’ll never have to diet again. Do you have any motivational tips you’d like to share that I didn’t? Comment below. I’m rooting for you on your journey.
Best to you, Shante ♥