You've started the New Year off the way you planned — diligently following a fitness and eating regime that has you feeling and looking better than you have in long time. But then you hit a rut.
The rut could be anything: Not losing the amount of weight you'd hoped to, or that your clothes aren’t fitting as comfortably as you thought they would. So, what to do?
The first, and most important, thing is to not give up. Recognize that everyone goes through peaks and valleys as they make important life changes, and giving up now would derail the progress you've already made.
That said, you need to find ways to keep yourself motivated and on your plan. Here are some ways to do that — and the payoff will be that you'll start to see progress again.
1. Post Your Goals Everywhere
Write down your fitness goals and post them around your home. Look at them every day. If the note on your bathroom mirror says, "I want to lose 30 pounds," it's going to be easier to find the motivation to keep going.
2. Hide The Scale
People often equate results with the number they see on the scale. But that's only part of the picture, and chances are you're already experiencing changes that aren't simply about weight loss. By hiding the scale for the time being and focusing on the bigger picture of becoming fitter, stronger and more agile, you'll take the pressure off yourself while maintaining the momentum to keep going.
3. Focus On The Positives
While that number on the scale might not be dropping at the pace you'd like (for now), you're no doubt feeling other changes, such as having more energy, less pain, or being able to play with the kids without getting worn out so easily.
4. Do It Because You Want To
What's the best workout for you? It's one that you enjoy doing and will do consistently even when your energy lags. Consistency is the key to getting and maintaining results. If you finish your workout and feel like you're on top of the world, or look forward to the healthy meals you've planned for the day, you're on the right track.
5. Read Other's Success Stories
If your motivation is starting to wane, or you're not seeing the immediate results you want, get online and read about people who've gone through the same hardships and trials. Read about that person who dropped 30 pounds. Their success can inspire you to keep going.
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