Happy 2012! Getting and Staying Motivated to Lose Weight

It’s that time of year again; everyone is making weight loss resolutions–once again. Everyone is resolving to lose the weight that’s been creeping up year after year. Well, enough is enough! This is your year, this year you are going to get motivated, you are going to make attainable weight loss goals, and you are going to lose weight and keep it off, finally.

A Weight Loss Story

A client of mine shared with me her weight loss story; she said last year was her breaking point. She said, “I got on the scale, and it told me what I was avoiding telling myself, I was almost over my limit. I had been gaining a considerable amount of weight since I got married in December of 2008, and my weight reached 159. I had set a limit of 160lbs and told myself if I ever exceeded it that I should just roll over and die. Well, instead of rolling over, I chose to make a stand and finally beat my rollercoaster

Her story was similar to many I had heard before, when it came to weight loss, she would always go on some fad diet, quickly lose 10 pounds, just to gain 15lbs back two weeks later. Does this sound familiar? I’m sure it does. The difference for this time was she made realistic weight loss goals, stuck with them, and most importantly stayed motivated.

What can make the difference is staying motivated and using weight loss tools, like a calorie tracker. Being clear about and writing down your weight loss goals. In addition, figure out your personal reason for wanting to lose weight, it could be your own happiness, your health, or some other personal reason for losing weight.

My Weight Loss Calculator and Other Tools

The weight loss calculator is a powerful tool, because it trains you to recognize how many calories you are putting into your body, compared to calories you are burning. Utilize free online sites such as Spark Pages, gain encouragement from their supportive community, groups, and bulletin boards. Being a part of this weight loss community helps keep you motivated, and can keep you on track to fulfill your weight loss goals.

Stay Motivated, Read Success Stories:

Check out these success stories, there are tons of motivational stories that will help get you motivated to lose weight, and keep it off. It is helpful to feel like you are not alone, finding people in similar situations as you are can be motivation enough to keep you on track for your weight loss goals.

Challenge Yourself:

A terrific tool can be to challenge yourself, check out Spark People Challenge Central, there are tons of challenges to get you pumped about losing weight. These challenges can help you establish healthy eating or exercising habits, and most importantly of all spark that competitor inside yourself that will intensify your motivation to lose weight. Staying motivated is the key to achieving your weight loss goals.

Staying motivated is the key to achieving your weight loss goals.

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