We all know that the first 30 days of any fitness program are going to be the hardest.
It seems that when most people start a new workout or routine, a whole list of things come up that stand in their way.
Today we are going to help you with five tips to stay motivated toward your goal and on track to success.
1. Make a Bulletproof Plan
Knowing what you’re going to do each day to get one step closer to your goal will make it easier to reach that goal. Before you start your weight loss program, take some time and figure out what it is going to take to reach your goal.
If buying a gym membership is the thing for you, do it. If your schedule doesn’t allow you to make it to the gym everyday, find something you can do to exercise at home, like our IdealShape Up Challenge. You can join the challenge for free by clicking on the image at the bottom of this article.
Determine what is going to work for you and stick to it. Plan your work, then work your plan.
2. Include Specifics Rather Than a Wish List
When you set your goals, make sure that they are obtainable, realistic, specific, and something you will be proud of achieving. Avoid setting goals that aren’t the real number. An example of this would be committing yourself to lose 1½ pounds per week, but really wanting to lose 2 pounds a week. Your mind will be set on the losing 2 pounds a week and anything short will be a disappointment.
Avoid falling into this trap by setting the goal you know you can obtain and doing whatever it takes to stay 100% focused on that goal!
3. Don’t torture yourself
For most people, a 100% change in their diet is going to be extremely difficult if done all at once. This high degree of difficulty makes many people quit and go back to their old ways of eating within the first month. If you force yourself to change your diet in a dramatic way you are most likely not going to stick to it.
Instead of making dramatic changes to reach you goals, we recommend focusing on one habit at a time. This makes the change much less overwhelming and allows you to stay focused on only one area of change. The Diet Chaos book is a great place to start if you have difficulties in this area.
This is the area that surprises most of our clients, but it is just like it sounds. Take one day a week and make that your cheat day. On your cheat day don’t worry about counting calories. Enjoy some of the foods that make you happy. This will help reset your metabolism, which will keep you on track toward your weight loss goals.
Be careful not to fall overboard, however. Make sure that you only take one cheat day a week and remember your goals while doing so to avoid falling back into old habits.
5. Make a Physical Reminder of Your Goal
Find something that will remind you to stay on track. It can be something as simple as a wristband that will remind you of your goals during the day. For example, if you are drinking our IdealShake, a wristband may serve as a reminder to take it at a certain time everyday.
This doesn’t have to be anything huge, just a little reminder of your goals. You could use a text alert, post-it note, or calendar appointments. In the end, it is all about what works for you.
Implementing all of these steps is a great way to stay motivated, but these are not the only things you can do to stay on track. Hold yourself accountable. Share your goals with a friend or coach. Join some social communities where you can share your experiences, challenges, and help others.
If you have other things that have worked for you, we would love to hear about them in the comments below!