So you’re in a weight-loss funk.
You feel like nothing is working, and you’re ready to throw in the towel. You’ll be doing fantastic for a while, but then (poof!) all of your motivation disappears.
You can’t seem to remember your why. Why are you doing this? Why are you working so hard?
It’s time to step back and do a little self-reflection—remind yourself why you embarked on this health journey.
Motivation is fleeting; one day, it’s here, and the next day it’s gone—completely ghosted you. It’s times like this where you need to dig deep, do some soul searching and re-establish your why.
Here are four inspiring motivators to consider when you feel like giving up.
This is probably one of the most sought after advantages of losing weight. Are you tired of feeling winded after walking up a flight of stairs or unable to keep up with your kids?
Maybe you cannot fathom getting through that dreaded 3 pm crash-time without sugar and caffeine.
The good news is that losing even a small amount of weight can improve the way you feel. When you start to rely less on processed foods and more on whole foods, you will be amazed at how energetic you feel.
Without a constant supply of sugar, you will reduce surges and dips in blood sugar. This will help you maintain an even level of energy throughout the day.
2) more money in the bank
There is nothing like the possibility of more money in the bank to motivate you.
When you hone in on nutrition, you are more likely to engage in healthy food behaviors such as prepping and tracking.
By following a food plan, you’re less likely to spend money on fast food.
When you learn how to prepare healthy and delicious meals, the urge to call for takeout decreases—all of a sudden, you crave the taste of whole and fresh rather than salty and processed.
Weight loss and adopting a healthy lifestyle not only saves you money on food but also affects many other facets of your life. Generally, the more overweight you are, the more likely you will have health issues, which may cost you more in the long run.
This article provides more detail about how weight can affect your bank account. The article explains how fast food consumption, medication, and even transportation can be more costly the more you weigh.
Wealth is always a huge incentive for people, so if you feel like you want to give up, visualize the money in your bank account increasing!
3) better overall health
Think of all the ways your health will improve when you reach a healthy weight.
We talked about the increase in energy earlier; there are so many other ways that your health can improve when you make your nutrition and fitness a priority.
The most obvious one is the decreased risk of many diseases associated with being overweight—diabetes, heart disease, and sleep disorders top the list.
And the great thing is that even a slight drop in weight can reduce your risk. This article further explains the reduction of many high-risk diseases when you lower your BMI.
Having a healthy gut is also highly affected by your nutrition. When you drink plenty of water and consume a nutrient-dense diet, your gut is happy. Protein, fiber, and vitamin C are all things that promote good digestive health.
Other things that are improved by losing weight are skin health, stronger bones and teeth, increased libido, and improved cognition.
While your outward appearance shouldn’t be your main reason for losing weight, let’s face it, it’s up there on the list of motivators. When you look in the mirror and are happy with the reflection, it elevates your confidence and affects every facet of your life.
Furthermore, when you’re comfortable in your own skin, it increases the likelihood of trying new things, being more open to socializing, and generally feeling a sense of pride when you walk into a room.
So it’s not just fitting into those skinny jeans or rocking a two-piece at the beach; it’s HOW you feel—the confidence you exude makes all the difference.
When you feel like giving up, remember all of the reasons to keep going. Life is stressful, and sometimes nutrition is the last on your list of priorities. Still, if you make a conscious effort to stay the course, your body will thank you, and in turn, it will transform all facets of your life.
Believe you can and you’re halfway there. -Theodore Roosevelt.