If you’re struggling with your weight loss motivation you’re probably doing this…
You know the drill. You’ve joined a new gym, you get excited to exercise, you’re all fired up with healthy intentions to shed the weight and slim down. It all goes well until you get some good results and then your motivation drops. Why does that happen? Here are the 4 mental mountains that prevent you from being motivated!
1. You’re only motivated by NOT being fat.
When you think about your body you focus on the bits you don’t like, and wish you could get rid of them. You desperately want to change your body and hate it the way it is now.
The thing is, motivation works in two ways. You are either motivated to get away from what you don’t want (being fat), or move towards something pleasurable that you do want (becoming slim). If you are only focussing on losing weight, you are only using half of the equation.
If you’re only motivated by what you’re moving away from, then it is likely that as you lose weight, your motivation will reduce (because you’re not fat anymore). Remember as you begin to see results to focus on the slim, healthy you that you are moving towards and becoming more every day.
2. You think “all or nothing”
When you get started you do everything perfectly, you keep your food diary, weigh your food, count your calories and train with the motivation of athlete. Then you have a crisis at work or run out of time and don’t go food shopping, get caught out somewhere starving hungry and so head to the nearest KFC, then say to yourself; “I’ve blown it” and go home and eat a packet of biscuits. You want your program to be perfect and so when you slip up it’s all over.
Aim for 80-90% of your plan and accept sometimes you slip up, that way you can stay on track and get back to it straight away.
3. You replay your past failures and beat yourself up.
Whenever you do something wrong, you tell yourself you’re a failure and remember all the other times you did stuff wrong and replay those memories over and over and over, on a loop until you feel totally awful. Instead of replaying and visualising all the ways things went wrong, play out in your mind and imagine all the ways things could go right and you can succeed.
4. You’re afraid of change.
Every time you get close to success you sabotage yourself with a binge or a blowout, because deep down inside you’re a bit afraid of what would happen if you actually got this. It would change things in your life, and even though you want it, there’s a part inside that’s too afraid.
Investigate what’s really behind this fear, these are what I call your “personal myths” they are simply not true. Let the past go and create the future as you want it to be. You have within you all the inner strength and courage to overcome these obstacles!