Why Can’t I Stay Motivated to Lose Weight?
Why is it hard to stay motivated to lose weight?
Why is it hard to find the right diet or weight loss program and actually stick to it!?
I’ll tell you why with the 3 Common Motivation Mistakes.
So let’s start out with a story about Stacy…
Stacy, a 30-year old working mom, living in the suburbs of Colleyville, Texas starts out on FIRE.
She knows that she is SICK of feeling self-conscious about her body and wants to lose weight to be a better example for her two beautiful children.
She has tried a few diets in the past (Paleo, Military Diet, Weight Watchers), but nothing has seemed to stick. Despite this, Stacy stays optimistic about her new program being the SOLUTION she has been searching for…
In her excitement, Stacy starts by cleaning out her pantry, throwing away all of her cookies and sweet treats, and buying tons of fresh fruits and veggies.
Stacy starts a workout routine and hits the gym hard. The first week goes well, and she feels accomplished. She may have even lost a few pounds.
But then something happens…
Stacy has a REALLY stressful day at work and just got the call that her mom is back in the hospital.
Stacy’s feelings of motivation and inspiration have slowly faded, and she’s left feeling incredibly tempted to eat something sweet.
Work was really stressful; I’ll just go to the store and get ONE cookie… I’ve earned it.
One cookie isn’t THAT bad, right? Just this once…
Regardless of whatever excuse she uses, Stacy breaks. The one cookie leads to a couple more. And the cycle of hopping on and off of her diet begins.
Sadly, it all leads to the same place.
Stacy, waking up one day and feeling bad about herself, guilty about breaking her diet, and disappointed.
The question I ask a lot of my girls here is:
WHAT DID STACY DO WRONG?
She started with a great diet plan and was so motivated at the beginning…
Well, Stacy fell into a common trap that 99% of women make when trying to lose weight.
Stacy fell into the “3 Common Mistakes Women Make When Trying To Lose Weight.”
3 Common Motivation Mistakes Women Make When Trying To Lose Weight
(and what to do instead):
Mistake #1 – Relying on Willpower
Willpower, or the ability to act against immediate feelings, is a limited resource.
It acts very similarly to a muscle. After a certain amount of repetitions, your muscle breaks down and starts to fail. Eventually, it will be impossible for you to do another rep!
This is exactly how your willpower works.
Your willpower, once used up, becomes weakened and makes it difficult to make long-term decisions.
Stacy’s willpower was drained at the end of her day, and she made the mistake of thinking she could overcome this! Stacy was relying TOO MUCH on willpower to succeed.
Have you ever noticed how weak you are at the end of your day when it comes to decision-making?
This is because your willpower has been used up.
• Working a job you don’t like
• Not getting enough sleep
• Dieting in general
• And even spending too much time on the Internet…
…weaken your willpower.
What should Stacy do?
One thing Stacy (and YOU) can do is work to establish HABITS.
For example: Did anyone have to tell you to brush your teeth this morning?
Did your mom have to swing by your place and stand over your shoulder to remind you about gingivitis?
I certainly hope not… So why was it so easy to do?
Because it’s a habit.
Habits happen automatically and have little to do with your willpower. Like driving your car to work or the grocery store, there’s not a lot of effort in those actions. You know the route by heart and probably forget 3/4’s of the drive by time you’ve arrived. It’s a habit.
The best part is… weight loss and eating healthy can happen just like that.
Once you have the right habits in place, making the right decisions can be EASY. They act on autopilot.
If you find that you struggle with motivation, you should check out our new program: The 21-Day Fat Loss Challenge.
You can lose up to 20+ pounds in just 21 days using healthy diet and exercise principles that are 100% backed by science!
It also comes with a complete motivation guide that will teach you how to build healthy habits and stay motivated for a lifetime!
The most basic habit you can start with is having the same healthy breakfast every morning.
It’s the perfect way to remind yourself every morning of your goals and get the day started on the right track. My favorite breakfast for my clients is rolled oats with fruit and nuts.
It takes less than 5 minutes to make, has no sugar, and will give you BURSTING energy for your day.
Making your breakfast a healthy and automatic habit will set you 70% ahead of every other dieters out there.
For further reading make sure to check out The Power of Habit. It’s the #1 book on establishing and creating habits.
Mistake #2 – Thinking Motivation Is A One Time Thing!
Have you ever felt passionately motivated about something?
You know that raw feeling in your gut that you’re going to do the damn thing no matter what it is…
The feeling that you will move MOUNTAINS to make it happen.
It probably happened from one of three sources:
- You talked to someone or listened to someone who inspired you
- You watched an inspirational video that moved you
- You read a book or saw some quote that made you want to change
The next little diddy is probably the COOLEST part of living in the 21st century:
You can get these things every day…
- You can hang out with people, friends, and family members that INSPIRE you
- You can turn on YouTube right now and watch an inspirational video
- You start reading a life-changing book in the next 5 minutes.
This is something so many of us miss in our lives!
The right motivation is all around you if you actively look for it. 🙂
Mistake #3 – Not having a support group or source of CONTINUED motivation.
Remember how your willpower gets weaker throughout your day?
Well, there’s actually a few shortcuts to REPLENISH your willpower reserves. This will give you the strength to overcome those times of weakness.
The most effective way to do this is to connect with others and share your struggles.
Joining weight loss support groups should NOT be underestimated.
Here are the 3 best ways to get continued support and stronger willpower:
1. Find a friend or family member you can confide in who shares the same struggles.
Tell them about your goals and what you’re trying to accomplish. Call or text them when you’re feeling weak or are lacking motivation. This has a surprisingly strong effect and is backed by science.
2. Join a gym that has a built in community.
Things like CrossFit are effective because they have a built in community support program. Try to find a gym that has this and make strong connections with other who have similar goals.
3. Get support when on the Internet.
You should follow some popular fitness people for continued motivation. If you have an Instagram, follow some fitness people you admire.
4. Read motivation and inspirational books.
There’s no substitute for an inspirational book! I promise that putting your nose in any of these will make HUGE impacts on your health and happiness.
Our new program (below) includes a whole guide on motivation and how to build healthy and happy habits.
If you are looking for a plan to get your diet on track, look no further than our 21-Day Fat Loss Challenge.
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We have over 1,000 people in our private support group going through the Challenge together, and every day they are sharing experiences, results, motivation, and lots of recipes!
If you are ready to make some changes in your life, this is the ONLY place you should start. We will teach you exactly how to make the necessary changes in your diet and your lifestyle and how to keep them “beyond the diet.”
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