New Year Resolution Ideas: How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight

The New Year is almost here and one of the most common new year resolution ideas is losing weight and getting fit… which is not always an easy task. In fact, for many of us it’s down right challenging! However, it IS possible and more than that, YOU CAN keep your new years resolution if you set your mind to it. Β Here are few tips to help you stay motivated:

Break Your Big Goals Up Into Smaller Goals

Break Down Your Goals

Let’s say one of your big goals for the New Year is to lose 20 pounds. You need to set a realistic time frame and then create a plan of action by breaking up your goals into smaller goals and action tasks. A healthy weight loss is about 1-2 pounds per week, so a goal of 2 pounds per week is a Β good one. This means your deadline to accomplish your big goal could be 10 weeks to lose those 20 pounds. Now that you’ve got your deadline, you can set your first, smaller goal of losing 10 pounds in 5 weeks. Then you create your action plan, which will vary for everyone based on fitness level, eating habits, etc. Your action plan may be to simply walk every day for 30 minutes a day and to eat healthier. Or you may be a little crazier and decide to do the Insanity program. Whatever your plan, staying motivated to lose weight starts with setting a clear plan and being consistent.

Let Your Friends or Online Connections Help Keep You on Track

Workout with Friends

Most people know at least one other friend or family member who is also trying to lose weight and get in shape. The best thing you can do is team up with one of them and hold each other accountable.

Can You Get Inspired by Your Own Self Motivation?

Self motivation is very often the key to success in various areas of life – school, career, fitness, and more. Unfortunately, self motivation can be difficult to understand and even more difficult to implement. Self motivation is defined as the ability to achieve a goal (or desire) without the influence or help from another person. It basically boils down to inspiring yourself and getting the job done!

Although there a motivation courses you can take, the results from them can sometimes be temporary. The true key to self motivation can be likened to bathing – it needs to be done daily!

With a constant daily dose of motivation you can find the inspiration within to maintain the momentum you need to keep moving forward toward your goal until it is finally reached. Motivation enables you to maintain focus on your goal and what needs to be done to get there. Without focus, distraction, procrastination, and even floundering can set in and take root.