To eat or not to eat (that big fudge cake), is the question. Changing the way one lives is never easy and to go on dieting after having gorged upon all the delicious things in the world, is certainly no cake walk. Yet, if you continue with a practice long enough, you’ll enjoy the positive results and benefits. While true motivation must come from within, these tips will help you keep motivated:
1. Take one step at a time: I know you are bursting with enthusiasm and raring to go. But it is important to understand that all the fat that you acquired over the time won’t disappear in one day, no matter how extensively you follow the diet. Pace yourself. Be patient, follow your program and take your weight loss goals in small increments.
2. Get support of family and friends: Accepted that You are the one who has to do all the things required, but you also need a good support system to keep you focussed and motivated. It does help to have someone to talk to and to help you through those times when you are thinking of splurging Set Incentives:
3. Don’t lose heart when you miss: to err is human. You may have all the support of near and dear ones and right inspiration too, but that one sinful taste and smell of baked cake can turn even saints in to sinners. So don’t feel guilty if you slip once. Don’t use that as an excuse to quit. It is easier to lose the three pounds you may have gained from a week of setbacks, than to lose the 30 pounds you gained from totally giving up. Each day is another chance to start anew.
4. Go on internet: Create a blog. Share your thoughts, ideas and plans related to dieting. You will be amazed at the responses you get. It’s gratifying to know that other people also have same problems and you are not alone in your predicament. Having a place to record your thoughts, connect with other people who face similar challenges, and build a community of your own is invaluable for those of us who don’t have a support system in real life.
5. Amend your eating habits: Stop eating in front of TV. It is a big hindrance in your resolution to stay put on diet. Every time you nestle in with the remote control, it’s a cue to eat. Eat mini-meals. Smaller more frequent meals can prevent you from getting ravenously hungry and overeating.
6. Find some distraction: To take your mind off the craving, you need to busy it somewhere else. Find something you enjoy and that will be easy for you to do. Join a hobby class, start your painting lessons again or take up Salsa.
7. Keep a diary: I keep weekly record of my weight, exercise duration, skips etc. I also write down daily list of items I eat. This helps me figure out where I have to improve and which nutrients I have to add. Keeping an honest, private account of thoughts, feelings, emotions and dreams allows a stronger sense of self to emerge.
8. Reward yourself when you achieve the target continuously for one week. The incentive can be in the form of doing things that you like, going to a movie or reading a favourite novel. You will be amazed how happy you will feel when you get your prize, and this will inspire you to stay on. I reward my self for each day of my walk (by solving sudoku after coming home from work).