Motivation Comes, And Motivation Goes

I was watching an Instagram story the other day, and Christy was talking about how motivation goes through cycles. I never really realized it until she said that, but she was absolutely right. Once I realized that I decided to go back and have a look at my FitBit app. The app syncs with MyFitnessPal and keeps track of calories in vs calories out. I was completely shocked by what I discovered. If you’re struggling with understanding how to use that function on your FitBit (I know I was at first), here’s a quick tutorial!

I noticed a trend where for a while I was on it perfectly; one cheat meal a week and either under my calorie goal or right on target every day of the week. This trend was from November to about the end of January (not counting holidays because those are too special to not indulge in). After January I noticed a steady trend of some weeks on and some weeks with more than my one day over my calorie goal. I was honestly a little down because I had a lot of weeks of just maintaining and no loss. I see why now. I knew I felt differently at the time, but I never realized what I was missing. My motivation. It had kind of just disappeared and I was going through the motions, mostly. I noticed that I wasn’t working out as regularly and I remember making a lot of excuses, but at the time I felt mostly fine. I wasn’t giving up, not at all, I just wasn’t as committed as I had previously been.

Now though, two weeks post cruise, 5 days perfectly back on track and I’ve never felt more motivated or driven to reach my goals. I feel like I did when I first started this whole journey, and I honestly couldn’t be happier. I have the willpower again to say no to little bites here and there, I have the drive to go for three walks in one day just so I can reach my step goal. Motivation, it’s so great to see you old friend.

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I have this really odd feeling that my motivation will leave me again. Christy said that happened to her in cycles for the two years she’s been doing this. She made a valid point, however, that despite a loss in motivation, YOU CAN’T QUIT. I didn’t feel like quitting in those several months, but who knows how I’ll feel the next time it happens. She said that you have to keep going through the motions because eventually, you’ll get that motivation back, you’ll get that wonderful feeling of knowing you’re doing everything right and you’ll see results. I know that the next time I lose that drive that I can overcome just like I did this time. I just gotta keep tracking my food and water, and just keep on pushing.

I am so happy to have my motivation back. I can’t wait to see what I’ll accomplish in the next few months. If you’re lacking motivation, or just found it again, I would love to hear from you!

6 Quotes To Help You On Your Weight Loss Journey

These quotes have gotten me through some tough times on my journey. I thought it would be a good idea to share in case you were needing some quotes to help you through those struggles that we all face at some times.

  1. How Badly Do You Want It?

When I feel tempted by anything I always ask myself how badly I want it. Or when I’m feeling discouraged I like to ask that question in reference to my goals. How badly do I want to see those goals? That normally puts me right back on track.

  1. You’re not being selfish when you put your health first.

When you skip a night out with friends because you want to wake up early the next morning for a run, you’re not being selfish. This journey is all about you and if people can’t accept that, then they must not want to help you accomplish your goals. For you to be successful on this journey it has to be a priority.

3. Don’t Forget Why You StartedIMG_4081

When the goings get tough this is always very relevant. When I feel like I’m making no progress I really like to remind myself of my goals and the reasons why I started this journey. To be healthy. To be happy. To be able to shop wherever I want. To feel good about myself.

 

  1. Do this for you and no one else!If you’re doing this to please your family, your boyfriend, or society, then you’re most definitely doing it for the wrong reasons. You should choose to better yourself and your health because you want to do it. Not for any other reason.
  2. IMG_3834Turn a setback into a comeback. When you fail, which you probably will. You just have to pick yourself back up and get back on track. You just need to be aware of why you decided to go off track and work on the feelings behind it to try to counteract it next time you’re feeling that way.6. Find Joy on the Journey

I think this is especially important. If you’re miserable on this journey, you won’t be successful. You need to find an exercise FIND JOY (1)you enjoy and find a meal plan that you like. If you aren’t eating healthy food that tastes good or doing an exercise that you enjoy, then you’re most likely going to quit.

 

 

These quotes have really helped me when I feel like I’m failing. I’ve been feeling that pretty intensely these last few weeks. I’ve had two weeks of no losses, and then this week I only lost half a pound, due to a binge Nutella episode last night. My quote that I’ve been focusing on since last night is turning my setbacks into a comeback. I’m getting back on the losing train asap! I hope they can do the same for you! (ps I made most of these graphics with the awesome app canva!)

If you have some awesome quotes that help motivate you, let me know down below in the comments!

Weight Loss How To: Stay Motivated

So you’ve decided to start trying to lose weight, but you’re struggling with staying motivated? Don’t sweat it; it happens to us all, including myself. Staying motivated is probably the hardest part about losing weight. It ties into every aspect of weight loss. If you’re not motivated and excited about your journey, then you probably won’t be as committed. If you’re not motivated, then it won’t reflect on the scale. If you’re not motivated, then you won’t be as strict as you sometimes need to be on this journey. Motivation literally has everything to do with losing weight. So if you’re struggling with motivation, then sit back, relax, and read these tips on how to stay motivated that have worked for me!

Progress Pics. These are so important. Progress pictures really help put into perspective the hard work you’ve put into your journey. I know for me, sometimes it’s really difficult to see any changes in myself in the mirror. To me, I often still see the same thing I’ve seen

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11/3/16 vs 1/18/1

in the mirror for years. I still see the size 18 girl who was so unhappy with how she looked, and then other times I’m able to see the new size 12 girl who is loving life. I think your brain likes to play tricks on you. So, I think progress pics really help you see more clearly. Sometimes when I’ve taken a progress pic and compared it to an older picture, I’m literally shocked. It can sometimes blow your mind to see the progress you’ve made in picture form, especially when you look in the mirror and feel like you don’t see much change. It’s there, you just need to take a picture, find something to compare it to, and boom! There’s your motivation to keep going when the journey gets hard. You just need to see it in a new light that isn’t the light in your bathroom mirror. That picture for me has kept me going when things have gotten super difficult, and I didn’t feel like I was making any progress. It shows you where you came from, and that is something I always have to remind myself of. I’ve come so far, even though it doesn’t seem like it sometimes. Just take some progress pics, and keep going. You’re making progress, no matter how slow it is. It’s progress.

Reward Your Losses. I find that positive reinforcement does wonders. I made a list for myself of rewards I will buy myself in five-pound increments. These rewards are something I can look forward to, and are never food related. You shouldn’t reward yourself with food because then you’re just going back to old habits, and relying on food to bring you positive emotions.

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My Rewards

I normally choose material things or things that I enjoy as rewards. This way I’m not rewarding myself with food, but I still get those positive emotions from the reward. I think this really works for me because it gives me something to work towards. I have that reward to look forward to, and it often really helps me stay on track. This is especially true if it’s something I’ve really been wanting to buy for myself, but feel like it’s something I don’t really need.

Track your weight loss. I honestly recommend tracking everything, from food, measurements, weight, water intake, just everything is good to track. However, if you don’t want to track that extensively, tracking your weight loss is a good way to stay motivated. I like to see how much I’ve lost each month; this way I know what I need to do the next month. ( ps I used the typorama app to make that little yearly calendar!)

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A look at my year so far

 

It really helps hold me accountable. I also like looking at my weight from week to week. This way I can look back, and know that if I didn’t have a loss one week, then I probably
treated myself a little too extensively, so I need to reign myself in the next week if I want a loss. It really helps with accountability, but it also can help with motivation. It’s so cool to look back and see a constant downward pattern of weight loss, especially when I feel like it isn’t coming off as fast as I want.

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A peek at my weekly weigh ins

These tips have really helped me stay motivated and committed to my weight loss goals. I’ve had a steady downward trend of weight loss, so I feel I can thank these tips for that. Without using these methods, I probably would have given up a long time ago. I hope you can implement these into your current weight loss journey, or motivate you to start down the path to better health! Let me know in the comments if you have any tips on staying motivated!