Even the most motivated of us – you, me, Bill Gates – can feel unmotivated at times. Sometimes it can get to the point that even thinking about making positive changes seems far too difficult.
But it’s not over yet: with some small steps, tiny baby ones, in fact, you can get back on the road to your weight loss goals.
I know change can seem impossible at times, you don’t feel like doing anything. I’ve been there and I still feel that way from time to time. You are definitely not alone. Almost everyone has ups and downs along the way. I most certainly have! In my own health journey, I have learned a few ways to break out of a slump and I want to share those with you today.
Commit publicly. Holding yourself accountable for your weight loss goals can be a great motivator to achieve success. None of us want to show a lack of success to others. When we let others know what we’re trying to achieve it tell our subconscious we’re really committed to it. Let your family, friends and co-workers know what you want to achieve when you want to achieve it, and how you’re going to achieve it. Your family and friends can be some of the best support tools to help you along the way. And you never know – but some of them might also want to join you.
One goal at a time. Whenever I find myself in a slump, it’s often because I have overloaded myself with too much at once. Pick one goal and focus on it. Maybe your first goal is to do 20 minutes of cardio every day or maybe it’s doing a 30-day health challenge with a friend. Start with 1 goal and just work on it. Don’t think of everything you need to do to improve your health. You don’t want to tell yourself that today you’re going to start doing cardio, weight training, stretching, and meditation. I’ve tried it many times – and going from nothing to everything overnight is just not maintainable. You have to choose one goal, at a time, and focus solely on it.
Think about it daily. Write out your goals and post them where you will see them. If you have a goal to incorporate 5 minutes of mediation in the morning write that down and post it by your bed. Pick your first goal and make sure it’s posted someplace where you will see it often. The fridge, your office, the bathroom mirror, or your phone wallpaper. Sending yourself daily reminders can help too. If you can commit to doing one small thing to achieve your goal each day, it will almost certainly come true.
Start small – very small. If you’re having trouble getting started, or back on track, it can often be because you’re thinking too big. Don’t think about your dream body and all of the work it’s going to take to achieve it. Instead, think about achieving small daily goals. If you want to get back into exercise, don’t think about doing an hour a day. Start with 15 minutes each day of the week. I know it sounds silly, but just starting with 15 minutes each day, for an entire week can lead to lifetime improvements. After a week of 15 minutes, you might be ready to bump it up to 20 minutes. Baby steps.
Find inspiration. Daily inspiration is an absolute must. I am so inspired by others achievements or those who are currently on a path to achieve what I would like to achieve. I love to read articles, blogs and follow others on social media. Sometimes at night if I can’t sleep I do some Google searches to fill my mind with success stories. If you’re looking for some good sources of inspiration stay plugged into JenniferSlovinski.com and follow me on social media for daily tips and inspiration.
Daily life is incredibly busy for all of us, and we can slowly lose motivation to eat healthy food and workout. It can happen so gradually that you hardly notice it. Before you know it, you have gone from working out 5 days a week and fixing more meals at home, to skipping the gym and grabbing a pizza for dinner. If your life seems incredibly busy at the moment take some time and think about where your time goes, try even writing out a schedule. Is there something that’s taking time out of our life that isn’t much of a benefit?
It’s time to break free. The hardest part of getting out of a slump is taking action, but once you take some small steps, you’re building momentum and back on the road to achieving your weight loss goals.
Start small, find some inspiration, commit to your goal publicly, think about it daily and focus on one goal at a time. Along the way, remember that everyone gets a little stuck, don’t beat yourself up, we can only do our best with the day we are given and the people we are.