9 Ways to Stay Motivated with your Lifestyle Goals (NDPP#16)

It can be tough to stay motivated when it comes to weight-loss and fitness goals. Why else do so many people make the same New Year’s resolutions year after year?

1. Give yourself a pep talk. Channel your inner cheerleader and set aside a minute every day to let the positivity flow; write down (or say aloud) everything that you like about yourself and your life, and use that minute to reaffirm why you want to meet your goals. You may feel weird at first, but it’s harder to feel unmotivated when you’re literally cheering yourself on!

2. Find some virtual buddies. Technology makes it easier than ever to connect with like-minded people—wherever they are  Online communities can be great resources for support and tips. Chat on message boards about topics from diet and nutrition to exercise and fitness.

3. Surround yourself with success. It may be said that misery loves company, but it should be that success loves company. Why are weight-loss reality shows so popular? Because viewers can see that other people have overcome obstacles on the way to achieving their goals. Success stories can be great for lifting you up and revving up that motivation when it’s lacking, and reading that someone else had the same problem and pushed through can help you push through the hard times, too.

4. Pat yourself on the back. Even if no one else knows about your accomplishments, they shouldn’t go unnoticed. Not only does it feel good to celebrate the achievement, no matter how large or small but it also serves as a visual reminder of your progress, which can help keep you pumped up on those less-than-motivated days.

5. Challenge yourself. A little competition can be good for you! Join online challenges for that extra push you need to meet your goals, as well as the support from others who are going after the same goal.

6. Commit to weekly check-ins. Be part of a program to help you stay accountable to yourself by communicating with others with similar goals to help you stay on track.

7. Call on your co-workers. They may not be part of your “inner circle”, but if you see them every day, your co-workers can be great motivational support. Make weekly lunch dates (or better yet, walk during your lunch breaks) to check in with co-workers who may be trying to eat better and get or stay fit. You can also give co-workers permission to take away your quarters when they see you heading to the vending machine!

8. Journal. Writing down your goals, struggles, setbacks and successes can be a great way to support yourself even when no one else will. You can go the pen-and-paper route or take it online in a blog format, or even do a video blog. Sometimes just writing about your struggles and reminding yourself why you’re working toward your goals is all you need to get going again.

9. Reward yourself for meeting weekly goals. Throw some money in a jar or,  if you don’t have spare dollars to throw into your workout stash as mentioned above, reward yourself in other ways for meeting weekly goals. If you meet your goal of losing a pound or working out five times, pamper yourself. Whether it’s a long bath or a day off from exercise with no guilt, have a reward in mind for meeting your weekly goal and stick with it.