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Your motivation for starting a weight loss or exercise program will determine the success or failure you experience. You will only stick with something if you are doing it for the right reasons. Losing weight to please someone else is a nice thought but you will not stick with it long term because it isn’t your goal. Exercising to please another is also going to end with you quitting after a period of time. Set yourself up for long term success by starting your weight loss or exercise programs for the right reasons.

  1. Set goals that you want to achieve.
  2. Write those goals down and place them where you can review them regularly.
  3. Make your goals clear and measurable. (I want to lose weight is not a good goal. I want to drop 2 pant sizes in 6 months is a clearly stated goal.)

  4. If fat (weight) loss is your goal, get a caliper so you can measure your body fat. Scales measure weight and not your body fat percentage. There are skinny people with high fat levels. You will only be able to judge your progress by measuring your fat. Measuring fat is especially important when you incorporate strength training into your exercise routine because muscle weighs more than fat. The scale might show you heavier but the caliper might show you’ve lost fat which means your diet and exercise program is working.

    The caliper is especially important if you aren’t seeing any changes over a two week period. Your body works to stabilize and as you enter a routine where your diet and exercise routines become the norm your body expects, you will level of or plateau. As soon as you see a plateau developing, you can adjust your diet and exercise routines so you continue towards your goal.

  5. Combine strength training and cardio training on alternating days so you don’t tire your muscles or get bored. When you include walking, jogging, swimming, weight lifting and other activities you enjoy into your exercise routine; you will be less likely to lose interest.

  6. Get a friend or family member to work with you as your moral support, workout partner, cheerleader and coach.

  7. Reward yourself when you reach your short term goals.

  8. Build flexibility into your diet and exercise programs so you don’t get bored. Eating the same thing repeatedly gets boring and we start looking at what we think we are missing. Don’t deprive yourself anything you really crave but acknowledge there will be more work required to compensate for straying. When starting your diet or exercise program focus on 80% compliance to it rather than 100%. Everyone will stray at some point. By acknowledging that to yourself and by keeping your goals in mind and where you can see them written, you’ll feel less stress when you do stray.

Staying motivated is easier when the reasons for your actions are ones you chose. Writing down your goals makes them easier to visualize, measuring your progress helps you stay focused on your goals, eating a variety of foods you enjoy and doing a variety of exercises help you stay on track towards your goals. Getting another person to support you and keep you honest gives you a little extra incentive to make your goals your reality. Building flexibility into your diet and exercise regime and rewarding yourself when you have small successes lets you acknowledge both slips and successes so you can easily get back on track towards your long term goal.

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