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Friday, November 27, 2009

Weight Loss Motivation - Staying Positive

Posted by patrick

By David Thomas

Having a positive mental attitude is key to keeping your motivation for weight loss. It's a fact of life, positive people tend to have more successes in life, they tend to be happier, more fulfilled and worry less. With the right positive attitude, your chances of succeeding greatly increases. You have to pay as much attention to what's going on in your head as what's on your plate. Like they say in tennis, it is 80% mental, 20% skill. So how can we stay positive such at such a daunting task?

Here are a few things you can try:

1) Shorter goals

Have shorter term goals so they are easier to achieve. Examples may be: not eating meat for one day, or running 5 minutes longer than the last day, or biking to work for a day. You get the rough idea. Setting shorter term goals makes it easier for to achieve them and therefore we are able to celebrate more often. This provides good motivation and a feeling of progress.

2) Try easier, not harder.

Keep in mind that weight loss is a conscious decision made by YOU, not someone else. You have made this choice and it is going to benefit you the most. So why make it hard on yourself? If going to the gym 5 times a week is too hard of a goal, then change it to 3 times a week or even once a week. Whatever you do, it should be a pleasant experience. It's easier to keep up motivation and be positive when you feel better about the whole experience.

3) Finding support

Finding support from other people can also help to keep you positive and motivated. Having other people just knowing you are on a diet makes it feel like you are not doing this alone. There are many ways to find a support buddy. It could be a co-worker, friend, or family. There are lots of social websites that help link people to do activities together. You can also try joining some outdoor activity groups such as biking or hiking group.

So keep your head up and spirits high, and remember that a positive attitude is half the battle.

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