Most people know what they need to change so they can manage their weight and many have the best of intentions to reach a healthy weight. So is it a lack of motivation? A lack of education. A lack of accountabilty?
Many of us start the journey motiviated, but we seem to soon lose it. Here are some tools to keep motivation strong.
- Keep a food journal. Track what you eat as you eat it using a online program, paper journal, food tracker or phone app to help with awareness.
- Each week review progress and set goals. This helps to make course corrections along the way and reinforce successes.
- Create menus using your calendar so you can work around after work or school activities and not have to make last minute food choices that can potentially sabatoge your goals.
- Make a grocery list and shop from it once or twice a week. Shopping from a list will avoid impulse buys and will ensure that you have healthy choices available at home. Also, don’t go shopping hungry.
- Double up on your cooking or select a day to cook ahead. Having meals ready to defrost or to reheat can prevent you from getting sidetracked.
- Don’t deprive yourself. Follow the 80/20 rule. When you become the food police, you can set yourself up for potential cravings. Instead, plan to incorporate reasonable amounts of favorite foods into your eating plan. And when you do, savor the flavor and be present.
- Measure success not only by the scale but also by taking body measurements and using how your clothes fit.
An remember that success isn’t just a number on the scale. It’s about life-long healthy habits that stick. Weight matters, but daily healthy choices matter more.