Weight Loss Motivation: Tips For Maintaining Your Inspiration
Maintaining your weight loss motivation can be really tough, some days more than others. We’ve all had those “Aaah screw it, I give up!” days and sadly, many of us have given into them now and then.
Over the years, I have learned that the really tough days usually get their fangs from a few particular demoralizing demons. These little devils are everywhere, forever lurking in the shadows, waiting to bite you on the Ass!
Fortunately, by simply shedding a little light on these dietary demons, you can send them screaming back to where they belong and keep them from stealing the soul of your weight loss motivation.
LISTS OF DEMONS AND THE ARMOR TO FIGHT THEM
Advertisers: Most commercials, magazine ads and Internet ads are created by money grubbing monsters preying on your emotions. Their methods may vary, but they all have the same goal. To cleverly try and manipulate you into feeling bad about yourself until you spend your money on their products.
Armor: Be prepared for these assaults and defend yourself by not letting them hit the emotion their aiming for. Be conscience of what they’re trying to do and you can defeat their evil selfish emotional manipulation.
Stop and look closely at the ad. Identify the emotion they are trying to hit (guilt, vanity, shame, hope, trust, etc…) and instead respond with whatever defense mechanism works best for your personality.
Personally, I get angry at them for trying to sucker me. Or better yet, laugh at their pathetic attempt which can actually give you a nice “superiority” boost. Muahahahaha!
Celebrities: Watching a movie or TV show lets us escape from reality for a while. We have our favorite characters and admire them for being bigger, faster, stronger, prettier, richer, funnier, smarter, etc… and doing things we can’t in the real world.
It can be a great way to relax and relieve some stress. Sometimes, though, we forget that it’s all fantasy and wind up feeling bad for not being as perfect as these pretend people.
Armor: Hammer it in that these images are not real. That character is just an enhanced version of the real person behind it. In real life, they may actually be exceptionally beautiful, but their beauty is just as fragile and fleeting as ours which they often pay a terrible price for. I almost feel sorry for them… almost.
If you’re getting down on yourself for not quite measuring up to their pretend perfection, hop on the Internet and do an image search for your favorite celebrity. You’ll find all kinds of pages proving that they are just as fat, sweaty and dorky as we are. Of course we all know this, but sometimes it helps to get a good dose of reality to wash away those illusions.
News: Nothing will snakebite your weight loss motivation faster than some news report that says you’ve been doing it all wrong. It gets so frustrating! Every time you think you have it figured, here comes some new report that changes the rules! Umm yeah, that killer new diet you’ve been following… Turns out it causes ear cancer and extreme toe jam production. …Aww crap!
Armor: Take the news with a grain of salt. You’re not going to drop dead tomorrow if it turns out your current weight loss strategy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Of course you always want to keep learning, but keep your strategic plan focused on the tried and true methods like a balanced diet and plenty of exercise.
Think critically about new information, and use it to make adjustments to your tactical plan as you go along. Look at new information as a way to help maintain your weight loss motivation by keeping things fresh.
The Gym: The gym is a great place to get fit, but watch out! There are demons hiding in there too… For instance, you’re on the treadmill and feeling great. You’re about to knock of 5K in 30 minutes when some fiend gets on the mill next to you and does it in half the time. Son of a $#&@! Or you finally put up 200 lbs on the bench press for the first time. You just about filled your pants, but you did it! Then some ogre comes along and does 300 lbs for a warm up set. Man, where’s my cookies…
Armor: This one can be tough and takes some practice. The best thing you can do is focus on competing with only yourself. The harder you focus on your own goals the less you will pay attention to those around you.
Don’t even look around while you’re working out if you can help it. You don’t need to be a prick. Be friendly, but stay focused. Pay attention to the weight YOU are lifting or the pace that YOU are running and ignore everyone else’s. Also, save the socializing for when you are done. If you start yaking during your workout, it’s a slippery slope and you will run off tack.
Friends and Family: The ones closest to us can be incredibly supportive and helpful and encouraging. However, they can also send your weight loss motivation straight to Hades. You know what I mean… A little comment here, a little joke there and you’re right back in the cookie jar.
Friends and family will often start out supportive, but as time goes on that may fade to black. Unfortunately, to some your success often highlights their failure and they may start to undermine you. Little things like making your favorite dessert at family dinner, buying donuts for the office or maybe encouraging you to cheat… just a little. Some may even get insulted for not eating enough when you come for dinner! What’s a person to do?
Armor: It depends on the relationship how you deal with this.
Right up front, there will be some people you just shouldn’t talk about this stuff with. They will poo poo and nay say and shower you with negativity, shooting your weight loss motivation right in the ass. Identify these guys quickly and simply avoid the topic around them.
Some people may actually be on a sabotage mission… We’ve all heard it… Come on dude! Let’s go grab a pizza and drink a case of beer. Awwww come on man don’t be a wussy, let’s go! This may be your biggest test since it will require you to make a seriously hard core choice. If they won’t listen and respect what you’re trying to do, you may have to say good bye to this friend/foe or at least limit your time with them.
At holidays and family gatherings you get the double whammy of trying to resist temptation but at the same time not wanting to seem ungrateful for your host’s hard work. I learned a couple tricks for this situation.
1. This is an oldie but a goodie. Snack before you go or on the way so you’re not starving when you get there. Otherwise you might end up sucking down a dozen cocktail weenies before the meal even starts!
2. When the meal is served, don’t load your plate with everything you plan to eat. Your host will be pleased by the number of times you go back for more, so take small amounts and refill your plate a couple times.
Alright, that’s enough demon fighting for one post. They can be tough to battle, considering how diabolical they can be to your weight loss motivation. I hope you picked up a few ideas for how to fend them off and protect your waistline. If you have a great way for maintaining your weight loss motivation, share it with the rest of us in the comments in my Blog~