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Get Your Motivation Back!
Staying motivated until you reach your weight loss goal is not always easy. There are often roadblocks and plateaus along the way, where you can get into a rut and feel like your motivation has disappeared.
Here are some useful ways to get your motivation back:
Spend 5 Minutes Remembering Your Successes
If you lose your motivation, it can be easy to get side tracked by looking at your failures and you get stuck in that rut. Rather sit down for five minutes and just focus on and remember your successes. It is important to let them wash over you and refuel your motivation and inspiration.
Look How Far You Have Come
Comparing your results and what you have, to what other people have and have accomplished, can really wipe out your motivation. There will always be people ahead of you and people behind you, you just need to focus on you and your own results. Look at how you have improved your lifestyle and your results. This is very important because it is a motivator to see how far you have come. Often you can be pleasantly surprised when you evaluate these things.
Make A List Of All The Benefits
Write down all the benefits you will get from achieving your goal and reaching your desired weight. Save your list and then pull it out whenever your motivation is lacking and read over it a few times. You might like to put it somewhere where you will see it every day until you reach your goal, just to remind yourself. This is a powerful way to reconnect with your motivation and your own personal reasons for starting your Cohen Program.
Make A List Of Negatives
You can combine this with your list of benefits to give yourself even more motivation to continue with your Cohen Program. Ask yourself these questions: How will my life look in 5 years if I continue to stay on the same path as I am now? How will my life likely become worse for me and maybe even the people around me? Try to see the negative consequences as vividly as you can in your mind to kick start your motivation to continue following those positive lifestyle changes again.
Talk About It
Sometimes it is good for you to just let it out and talk to someone about your lack of motivation. By talking to someone else, it can release a lot of built up emotion and help you get a new, more positive and healthy perspective on things. Often we can build our small or medium-sized problems into big scary monsters in our minds and then we feel overwhelmed. Letting the monsters out into the light and letting others see them can make us realise that we were making a big deal about minor things. We can then lighten up a bit and not take things too seriously, so that we can start moving out of the self-created rut. So talk to your consultant, a family member or friend. You could even try a positive internet forum such as the Cohen’s Support Forum with likeminded people.
It can be easy to get wrapped up in the seriousness of a goal and the anxiety and pressure of completing it. So remember that it is important for you to have fun while you are working towards it. There is no rule that says you have to be all serious about it all the time. When it is possible, create fun in a goal. You can compete with yourself to finish it even faster than you have tried to previously, whistle a nice tune while planning and organizing your meals or have fun and joke around with your family or co-workers.
Just do it
Most of the time it is better to just do it and start following your Eating Plan instead of trying to motivate yourself to get going. At first it may not be fun or easy, but after a while motivation and inspiration will catch up with you. You will start to see the results, feel good and more positive again before you know it. Things will start to flow and you will reach your goal!