8 Tips to Enhance Motivation in Weight Loss

Getting fit and healthy requires time and patience because there aren’t any shortcuts. If you are looking to lose a few pounds, it will take a minimum of several weeks. Significant weight loss goals can require several months or even years. This may sound daunting but I am not saying this to get you down. In fact, it’s the opposite. Once you realize this you will realize how important motivation is to keep you on track.

Maintaining high motivation will make it easier to weather those tough days when your frustrated and your weight loss goals seem out of reach.

Use these tips to maintain your motivation: 

  1. Place your favorite inspirational quotes on your mirror or refrigerator. A quick pick-me-up can save the day when your motivation is waning. It can also be an effective way to start your day.
  • Tape a few quotes to the bathroom mirror. Doing the same on the refrigerator door can prevent overeating.
  1. Keep track of your progress. Keeping track of your progress is motivating and smart. How will you know if your exercise and meal plan is effective if you’re not taking regular measurements?
  • There are many ways to track your progress. Find and use the one that motivates you the most.
  1. Use weight-loss jars as a visual reminder. Keeping written records of your weight loss is an effective exercise, but sometimes it’s difficult to appreciate a 2-pound loss in the mirror.
  • Fill a glass jar with decorative stones or marbles. Each one is equivalent to a pound you wish to lose. As you lose weight, move your marker from the full jar to an empty one. It’s exciting to watch the contents of one jar shrink as the other increases.
  1. Hire a personal trainer. Getting to the gym regularly isn’t easy. Most of us are skillful at coming up with reasons why it makes sense to stay home. Knowing that your personal trainer is expecting you at the gym greatly increases your incentive to show up.
  • A good personal trainer will also track your progress and hold you accountable.
  1. Find a workout or workout buddy. Getting healthy can be a lonely process. Considering the obesity rates in first-world countries, there are plenty of others in the same situation. Find a buddy with whom you can communicate on a regular basis. Ideally, you can also find someone to join you for workouts.
  1. Purchase new work out gear. Some new workout clothes and shoes can inspire activity. If your workouts are lagging, a new outfit might be just the motivation you need.
  1. List your reasons for getting healthy. After a few weeks into your fitness plan, it’s typical to lose track of your original motivation. Make a list of all the reasons you want to be healthy. No reason is too small or petty, as long as it’s true.
  • Do you want to look better? Enhance your health? Keep up with your kids? Have more energy? Fit into your old jeans? Write it down and review your list regularly.8. Provide small rewards along the way. It could be a bad idea to wait until you’ve reached your final goal to reward yourself. Begin with small goals to get yourself started. Losing weight can become tougher after a while, so give yourself larger rewards as you progress.

Motivation is Key

Keeping your motivation high is an important part of reaching any health and fitness goal. Losing weight, in particular, can be a slow process and progress can be difficult to see at times. Motivation is personal. What works for others might require a little tweaking to be effective for you.

Stay focused on all the great progress you’re making and continue looking forward! A small amount of attention and motivation each day can keep your spirits and expectations high.

If you are looking for support and accountability regarding your health fitness, I invite you to join my private Facebook group of like-minded women on their fitness journey!

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