Before you started on this journey, did you write down your reasons for starting this journey? If you did, go back and read what you wrote down and decide if those reasons still apply. Have you made your vision collage? If not, maybe you should try it. And if you have not written down your reasons for getting down 20 pounds, then maybe you should. Then write down your action items for what it is you will do to get the last five pounds off. And remember, this is not a diet where you can go back to eating the way you did before you lost the weight. This is a lifestyle change. You take it one day at a time, one decision at a time. You know the old saying "Every journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." Those baby steps do add up if you just keep on taking them. You can do it. You are not alone.
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What has happened in your life that you have lost your motivation? This IS quite common, but you can only address it if you know what it is.
Here are some things to think about:
When you started this weight-loss journey, did you change heaps of things all at once? If so, this is a common reason for derailment. IF this applies to you, take some steps back and restart, using BABY STEPS which is when only one or two things are changed initially, and you allow your mind/body to get used to the changes before adding something else to the mix.
Are you tracking your food? If not, then weighing and tracking it all will help you to stay focused, and also give you the ability to tweak your intake as and when necessary. It will also enable you to ensure that you are eating a balanced diet.
Are you eating good nutrition? IF you are eating a lot of processed stuff, it can cause us to lack the energy to deal with issues as and when they arise, and can derail our efforts which in turn causes us to lose motivation.
Did you reach a plateau? A lot of people do. This doesn't necessarily mean that you are doing anything wrong. It is quite common. IF this has happened, sometimes it is just a case of needed to change up your exercise to make it more challenging.
It took me 16 months to lose just over 50lb, after having been overweight for about 30 years. I happily sat there for a year before deciding to move on down again. I reached my goal a long time ago, but I still weigh all my food and enter it into the Nutrition Tracker to ensure that I stay there. Seeing those numbers is what helps to keep me motivated to stay on this journey. When I started this journey my Dietitian wanted me to get down to 72kg. I thought she was bonkers because I would look really skinny, but I did know that I needed to loose quite a bit. Well, as I got down closer and closer to HER goal, I could see that it would work. THEN she went and shifted the goal posts - LOL! Now I am where I would never have in my wildest dreams have EVER thought I would be. I am still slightly overweight but my Dr doesn't want me losing any more. Right at the beginning I figured even if I lost 20lb I would still be a lot lighter than at the beginning. I didn't have too much pressure on myself.
Above in the Healthy Lifestyle drop-down menu are loads of articles on Motivation. I suggest that you read them. They are written by well qualified people. Also, reading the Success Stories (drop-down menu in the Community section) may help to get you on track.
I went to have a peek at your SparkPage but it is set to Private. If you open it so that others can drop by, you will find that you will get tons more support because other members will be able to leave you encouraging messages. That is a proven way of helping us to reach our goals and stay there!
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