Change your habits
The difference between the figure we have and the figure we want is not all down to genetics, but largely to the strength of our willpower. As creatures of habit, we can all find ourselves stuck doing the same old things, and this includes our eating and exercising patterns. People who refuse biscuits at the coffee break or spend an extra half an hour in the gym are the same as you, only they make more positive choices.
Here are just a few ideas that can help get your motivation on track and get you to make more beneficial decisions:
If you find that sticking to your diet or exercise plan is hard, finding someone who will motivate you can make the difference between success and failure. Get a friend or colleague who you can work out with and who will encourage you to stick to your goals. You are far less likely to skip working out if you’ve made arrangements to go with someone else.
Music is a great way to boost our mood and our energy levels. It can increase our performance when we exercise and make us feel positive during the day.
Turn off the TV
Try spending an evening a week without the television as a distraction. Research has shown that people who didn’t watch TV were far less likely to snack and take part in some form of exercise, even if this is just gardening or doing some housework.
Go easy on yourself
If you find yourself giving in to temptation, don’t feel guilty. If you start beating yourself up over a small lapse, you may start to believe you are failing. This can lead to a lack of motivation.
Broadcast your goals
In telling friends, family and colleagues about your plans, you will be more likely to stick to them. Most people will be encouraging, and this might give you the motivation you need.