Feeding your Weight Management Motivation
The trouble with motivation is that it can’t be relied on for consistency!
Any long-term serial-dieter will vouch for that!
Where weight release is concerned, the ‘tipping point’ moment seems to bring with it what feels like peak motivation. This is how it works:
We may see a shocking photo of ourselves which is a bit of an eye opener. We just didn’t realise that’s how we looked.
It might be that we have had disappointing feedback from the scales. That can be a confidence crusher for sure.
Or that the shopping trip we’d been so looking forward to has ended in tears, because of all those changing room mirrors and the stupid clothes sizes.
Or we may have had a health scare that terrifies us, and makes us realise what really matters in life.
These scenarios are often dubbed the ‘last straw’.
These ‘tipping point’ moments create a discomfort so intense, that we are motivated to create change for ourselves. Suddenly it feels important to DO something, to move us away from what we no longer want.
This in turn leads to a ‘fresh start’ involving healthy eating, or some sort of diet or exercise regime. (The ‘fresh start feeling’ can be exciting and motivating too, by the way.)
Unfortunately, this sort of motivation just doesn’t last.
Firstly, because by definition a fresh start can only be fresh for so long. A few weeks in and it no longer feels new and exciting.
And secondly we need to see positive results to keep the motivation going. Traditionally where weight release is concerned, the results are scales focused. So, when the numbers on the scales go down it’s easier to stay motivated.
But what if they don’t?
Or what if we have become immune over the years, to the scales as a motivator? (This definitely happens!)
Or what if ‘life gets in the way’ and we end up distracted, and forget about that awful photo or the health scare or that horrible day of clothes shopping?
Motivation is a lovely thing whilst it lasts, but we can’t rely on it as far as permanence is concerned. We can’t control it effectively 100% of the time.
BUT here’s what we DO have control over- choosing to take ACTION.
What if we have been looking at things in a topsy-turvy way all along?
What if instead of sitting around and waiting to get motivated (or waiting for our ‘head to be in the right place’), we just start to take small action steps?
What if we did that? What might happen then?
What if each day we just forced ourselves to do one small thing to move us towards our body goals. It could be as small as going for a 5 minute walk, or talking a bit more kindly to ourselves when we look in the mirror.
If we did that, each day we’d give ourselves the opportunity to feel a small sense of achievement.
And achievement feels REALLY good!
On top of that: ACTION is also the BEST way of getting results.
And guess what? We LOVE results! Results are inspiring!
And when we are inspired we are motivated to take more action.
Moral of the story? Don’t sit around waiting to get motivated, make it your primary goal to take ACTION. When you take action you’ll feel motivated- and when you feel motivated you’ll take action.
But remember…taking action is the bit that comes first everytime! And we can all choose to do just that!
So over to you….
What is the one action step you will take today to move you towards YOUR body goals? Tell me in the comments below.
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