You may have motivation at the beginning of your weight loss journey, but how do you sustain it for the long-term? There are some key questions to ask yourself and explore your own motivation. The first question to ask yourself is “What do I want?” Writing down your “wants” can help solidify your goals. Examples of these goals would be: “I want to be able to walk or run in a marathon.” Or “I want to lose 30 or 50 pounds.” Make sure these goals are realistic, and make sure these goals are your goals and no one else’s. If you can see where you are going, you are more likely to get there!
Why do you want to achieve these goals? Some questions to ask yourself are, What are the rewards of losing weight and what are the consequences? What do you expect will be different when you do lose weight? What will you be able to do that you can’t do now? Some of the reasons people want to lose weight are:
- For better health
- To live longer
- To look more attractive
- To improve my self-esteem
- To be able to play with my kids
- To feel better and have more energy
Are there any reasons why you might not want to lose weight? Perhaps you may feel that you have to give up all your favorite foods. Or you may not be sure how people will feel about you. For some people weight loss is exciting but scary.
Another question to ask yourself is, What am I willing to do to succeed? Am I willing to eat smaller portions or healthier foods? Am I willing to exercise consistently? What you want must correspond to what you are willing to do in order to achieve your goals.
If you are not willing to do what it takes, you must accept that weight loss will not happen on its own. But if you are willing to do the work, have specific goals in minds, and understand your personal reasons for weight loss…you are on the road to achieving your goals!