Having trouble staying (or getting) motivated?

There are lots of reasons to get fully involved in this challenge. There’s the cash prize, the donation Rawl plans to give to a community charity based on how well we do as a group, and you’ll feel great for the Holidays, but let’s face it- it’s easier to eat what you want, when you want. I’ve definitely been struggling over the past few days, but I found a great article that addresses the psychological side of dieting. Half the battle is fought in your head, so here is my take on a few steps to get your mind right & get into this for good.

1. Define your Motivation– Why do you want to lose weight? Your reasoning should be completely for you and long term. If you’re looking for a quick-fix or looking to completely revamp your eating habits, you may struggle.

2. Choose a Reasonable Goal– Base your goals on health, not appearance. Think feel better, not look better and you’ll be able to maintain a healthy perspective on diets.

3. Don’t Deprive Yourself– If you want a bag of chips, have a bag of chips. For the most part, focus on getting protein and fresh produce into each meal so that your eating practices overall shift. You will always be able to justify a splurge or an excuse to cheat; denying yourself a (moderate) break will only lead to overindulgence later. So go ahead, have a spoonful of icing, but maybe skip the cake. 🙂

4. Create an Exercise Alter-Ego– DO view exercise in a positive light. When working out becomes a “should do” activity, it is only a matter of time before you begin dragging your feet. Instead, describe yourself as “a runner” or “yoga-enthusiast.” Make exercise an integral part of you. View it as your way to de-stress, and in the meantime, enjoy the inevitable release of feel-good endorphins.

5. Be Good to Yourself– Dieting works best when you’re in it for the long haul. To avoid the cyclical monster of yo-yo dieting, take baby steps. Make your changes manageable and permanent. “Dieting” doesn’t have to be in your vocabulary if you attempt to make smart choices every day and keep your body moving. Your heart, brain, muscles, bones, tendons, skin…. will thank you.

Remember: Week-Three weigh-in is this Friday morning 9:00-9:30 a.m. upstairs!

I’ll give updates on the top three losers and update the dollar amount of what Rawl will be giving to a Pelion community charity shorty after everyone weighs in. Stay tuned, and stay positive.