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5 Ways to Stay Motivated When You Want to Quit

How do you stay motivated to reach your goals when you want to quit? Here are 5 ways

We’ve all been there.

Hit that hurdle. That bump in the road. That time when you just want to say, stuff it, to hell with it, let’s just not bother.

Maybe your weight loss hit a plateau and whatever you seem to do just doesn’t work.

Maybe you’re not losing weight as quickly as you once were.

Or, maybe you’re just sick and tired of ALWAYS being on a diet or in the gym.

The reality is, you’re going to face these difficult times. You are going to want to quit at some point. Maybe more than one point. So, how do you face these hurdles head on? How do you stay motivated when everything seems to be aligned against you?

Here are 5 ways that can help…

1. Motivation for Weight Loss: Set Your Mind for Success

Ok, this one might sound obvious, but it’s important to understand the power your thoughts have over you.

Our thoughts become our actions and our actions become our habits. Hokey, yes, but 100% true.

Have you ever had that nagging little voice in your head that says, ‘this is going to be too difficult, you just can’t do it’.

That voice that points out all of the times you haven’t been successful. That voice that reminds you how much you like pizza and hate going to the gym. That voice that puts doubt in your mind.

How many times has that voice stopped you going after what you want.

Now imagine if that voice was supporting you. Reminding you of all the times you’ve succeeded. All the difficult situations you’ve come through.

Reminding you that you’re strong and you can do whatever you set your mind too.

Reminding you how you awesome you felt the last time you ate a healthy meal or spent an hour in the gym.

Wouldn’t that make the journey so much easier?

Set your mind for success.

Focus on what you can do if you just try and cast the negative thoughts from your mind.

2. Motivation for Weight Loss: Find a Weight Loss Buddy

Friends make everything a bit easier, a bit more fun. They help you through the tough times, and celebrate with you during the good.

And it’s no different on your weight loss journey.

Having someone who is going through the same difficulties as you can really help keep you on track. Whether it’s keeping you accountable, giving you tips and tricks to make things a little easier, or just ideas for tasty meals, friends can be a great source of motivation.

So, find yourself a buddy. Someone who is working towards the same goal.

You can even make it a bit of a competition if you’re that way inclined. But always remember you’re there to support each other first and foremost.

Workout together. Swap meal ideas. Indulge in treats together.

It’s always easier and more fun when you do it with a friend.

3. Motivation for Weight Loss: Remember Your Goals

Goal setting is a really important part of your weight loss journey, and if you’re struggling with motivation you’re going to start to see why.

Your long-term goal, or your destination, helps you keep in mind what you are working towards. What all the hard work is for. And if you’ve followed my goal setting tips, those goals won’t just be number based, there will be some emotional reward behind it.

Your short-term goals, or how you are going to get there, will keep you seeing progress, or, give you time to make adjustments if needed.

Both of these are really important to keep you motivated.

If you are starting to struggle, revisit your goals. Have another look at what you are trying to achieve. Plaster reminders around your house, on your fridge, if needed.

Find some way to associate your hard work with getting what you want.

Do whatever it takes to keep your goals in mind.

4. Motivation for Weight Loss: Motivation Quotes

I’m sure you’ve seen these.

They are plastered all over social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest. Everywhere you look there seems to be motivation quotes.

Yes, I hold my hands up, I am guilty of these as well.

But, the thing is, they do work.

Just remember how you felt when you got an encouraging word from your favourite teacher, or coach.

You’ll hear personal trainers in gyms and parks all over the country, encouraging and motivating their clients.

I know I’ve pushed through a difficult training session, and even gone to a class I wasn’t planning on going to, when I’ve heard ‘well done Beth, you’re doing really well, keep going’.

The message that someone believes in you and knows you can achieve what you want to achieve is very powerful.

If you don’t have access to a personal trainer or coach on a daily basis, surrounding yourself with motivational quotes, sayings that resonate with you, that remind you of how awesome you are just for showing up for yourself, can be a brilliant substitute.

5. Motivation for Weight Loss: Success Stories

Along the same lines as motivational quotes is success stories.

Reading about other people’s trials and tribulations can give you hope. Give you hope that you too will be able to get there.

A sense of, ‘if they can do it, so can you’.

You might pick up a handy trick. You might find a solution to a problem or an easy, healthy recipe. Whatever else you take from the story, you will get encouragement and hope that if you stay on track you will get where you want to be.

Motivation for Weight Loss

Losing weight is not easy. 

You're going to have times when you want to quit. When you wonder if it's worth it. When you just want to give up and dive into a big slice of chocolate cake. 

But, you can get through it. 

Plan for it, and put in place a mechanism to keep you going when it gets tough. 

And don’t be fooled, it will get tough.

‘What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly’ – Thomas Paine.

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