Motivation for Weight Control: Get it!
You know those super-charged, over-achieving people that seem to have a source of motivation about as bottomless as Donald Trump's bank accounts? Do you ever wonder how they do it? How they just keep going and going, running towards their goals like there's no tomorrow? Do you find yourself thinking: "It'd be so much easier to lose weight if I were as motivated as them?"
While such zealous enthusiasm is not necessary, you can always learn better ways to get motivated and stay motivated. With sustained motivation, you are far more likely to reach your weight loss goals. So get your pen and paper ready - this is going to be a motivational workout!
(This is part one of a two-part article. Click on the link at the end of this article for part two - how to stay motivated.)
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Three questions to get it
Motivation is all about understanding what's important to you. Is it your health and longevity? Is it how good you look in a little black dress? (Yeah, probably not if you're a guy). Is it how much energy you have? Is it something else? If you can't find strong motivational reasons for losing weight, food will continue to have control over you. Your taste buds and the psychological, physiological, and social satisfaction of eating will all unite to keep you from your weight loss goals.
To help you with your motivational soul searching, there are three key questions you should ask yourself: What do I want? Why do I want it? And what am I willing to do to get it? The best way to follow through these questions is by writing your responses down - that way, you'll have something to remind you why you're doing what you're doing next time your motivation wanes.
So grab a pen and paper, read through the questions, and brainstorm some answers - write them in your journal if you have one. By the end of the article, you should have a pretty good idea of what really motivates you, and you can use that to spur you on your way to weight loss.
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