Looking and feeling your best is an attainable goal, especially when fueled by a positive attitude. We've all been there - the scale hasn't budged even after a week of healthy eating and exercise. Don't let a small setback, set you back on your weight loss goals. The important thing is to use motivation tips regularly to steer you toward your final destination and to re-motivate yourself on the days when you need it most. Train your brain to power through and creatively spark your will to reach your goals.
Check out these inspiring mind hacks to stay motivated.
Visualize The Future
Close your eyes. Now, picture a slimmer more vibrant you. How do you look? How do you feel? Where are you, what are you wearing? Who are you with? This is the image you want to keep with you each and every day. When you go to bed at night and wake in the morning keep that image with you. Whenever your motivation is low, hold that image in your mind and remind yourself that you deserve to be the best"you"!
Move To Some Tunes
Music can be very motivating; it can even lead you to exercise longer. On the days when your motivation might be low and you're feeling a little stressed, listen to music that makes you smile and get moving! Put on your favorite song and dance, and feel the stress melt away.
Track your progress
Self-monitoring is a great tool for following your results and keeping you motivated. Weigh yourself weekly take measurements (chest, waist, hips) monthly and track your progress using our online tools mobile app or with your consultant. Seeing your progress can be very motivating! Taking before, during and after photos is also a great way to see how far you've come.
First and most importantly, be kind to yourself. Let go of being perfect as we’re all human. One lapse does not mean it’s the end of the road for your weight loss journey. Instead of criticizing yourself, decide that you can make choices at your next meal that support your goals.
Celebrate each mini-milestone
That goal to lose 30 pounds by your birthday seems pretty daunting, right? Instead of feeling overwhelmed, try setting attainable mini-milestones that will help you reach your big goal. Pull out a weekly planner and write down goals you can accomplish in one week. For example, aim to take the stairs up to your office every day. The next week, tell yourself you will incorporate vegetables in every meal. Each time you reach a small goal, you are forming positive habits and will be one step closer to a healthier, fitter you.
The big reward, of course, is feeling happier, looking great, and taking care of yourself, but treating yourself throughout your weight loss journey can help you stay motivated along the way. Choose monthly non-food rewards, such as a new outfit, a manicure, or tickets to a concert, as a way to boost your confidence and your motivation.
Your Jenny Craig consultant is like having a supportive coach along with you for the journey. Connect with them each week, as your consultant is there to guide you through your trials and your weight loss wins. Additionally, find support from those closest to you–talk to your friends and family about your new, healthier lifestyle. Get even more positive motivation and inspiration by connecting with other Jenny Craig members on the Jenny Craig Facebook page or by visiting the Jenny Craig community.
Try something new
If you’re stuck in a routine that has you yawning, try something new. Renew your will to reach your goals by refreshing your menu with new, fresh foods and trying a healthy recipe. Kick up your workout by trying a new fitness routine or workout class.
Stay motivated by giving yourself a test. If you feel like giving up, ask yourself: If I stop now, what will my health be like? and What will I look and feel like in 6 months if I do keep going? Your answers will remind help yourself of why you even set a goal.
Clear the closet
Progress is more than just a decreasing number on the scale. Take an afternoon to inspire yourself to keep going by cleaning out the clutter in your closet, and by clutter, we mean all of those clothes that are now too big for you. Try on pieces and if they no longer fit, throw it in a box to donate. Actually seeing that you are accomplishing your goals is excellent motivation–and a good excuse to reward yourself with a little shopping.