Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Motivation... How To Keep It

I get emails everyday... Everyone wants to know how I stay motivated so let me share a few things that help me! Keep in mind it has taken me years to get to these realizations and that even though you might not be ready to adopt some of them today that doesn't mean you wont be in the future. 

Number 1: No matter how much weight you have to lose stop focusing on the overall number! When I weighed 480 lbs thinking about how much weight I needed to lose was a very daunting and stressful task! Focus on small goals! For example if you are trying to lose 100 lbs trying breaking it into small milestones like 25 lbs at a time. This mental technique has been HUGE in helping me avoiding the mental walls that make us want to give up.

Number 2: WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS and read them OFTEN! This is SO important! I want you all to write down 5-10 goals that you can work on and when you check one off your list as completed replace it with another! I recommend choosing some goals that do not involve a number on a scale. For example maybe you want to run a mile non stop? Maybe you want to be able to do a certain yoga pose? It can be anything you want!! Write these goals down and put them in a place you can see them often! Seeing them everyday will help you stay motivated!

Number 3: Some might not like this one but it really helps me. Buy a few articles of clothing that do NOT fit! I have a section of clothes in my closet that I call my "inspiration clothes". Basically when I see a shirt or something that I REALLY like and it doesn't fit I buy it anyways and hang it in my closet. There will be period in your journey where the scale does not budge but your body will  still be changing! This is when these clothes are going to help keep you motivated because maybe when you bought the t-shirt it didn't fit but there will be a day when it does and let me tell you that feeling far surpasses any feeling I have felt from seeing a number on the scale.

Number 4: This is hard one and it wont come overnight. Stop beating yourself up and start loving yourself! I want you to love your past self, present self, and future self. Let me tell you it absolutely breaks my heart when I see people picking on their old or current overweight self, calling themselves "Gross" "Nasty" "Fatty".... WHY? There are all of these weight loss "formulas" out there that state weight loss is this "percentage nutrition and this percentage workouts" but all that aside let me tell you it is 100% mental. The self abuse and hate has got to stop! I know that easier said then done. Whether you are just starting your journey or well on your way please realize that your beginning does not have to be your ending. That your self worth is not defined by any number on the scale. You are a person and you deserve to be happy and loved. If you can work on this one I promise things will come easier down the road.

Number 5: Enjoy the journey because this is where you are going to learn the most about yourself. You will need these lessons learned to help you for the rest of your life in all aspects of your life. This is your time..... LIVE IT


Heather Where's the Beach said...

Oh, I love this post! Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration!

Danielle Warren said...

Love it Alan! I love your videos but I love reading your written posts also. Actually I think this is the first one I have seen. Hope all is well!

Tiffany said...

Thanks, Alan...I really needed to be reminded of #4 today. You are so right that it is 100% mental. The times I have lost significant amounts of weight in the past there always comes a point where I am just in "the zone" and making the right choices seems easy...and it is because my head is in the right place. Gotta get my head back there!

I like #3, I can definitely see how being able to fit into a smaller shirt or pants could get you through and give you the mental boost you need when the scale isn't budging...going to try this one!

Jody - Fit at 56 said...

You rock Alan!!! This is the first notification of a post from you that I have got in a long time - not sure why or have you not blogged lately?

I have my own ways to & it is all about finding your own motivation & what works for you! :)

Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. said...

Beautifully said :)

Rach said...

Such an amazing post. Thank you so much for sharing these tips, I definitely struggle with motivation at times. Number 4 is especially tricky for me but I will learn to love myself :)

digistyle said...

I especially agree with number three. I find clothes to be very effective motivation tools.

Kevin Dass said...

awesome.. - thank you for reminding again and again and again..

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James Weight Loss Blog said...

Great post and certainly very handy for all those who are looking to embark on this long journey. Number 3 looks like a good idea, unusual yet something that is bound to help with the motivation.