Give Me 21 Days and I’ll Give You Successful Ideas to Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight.
Did you know January is National Weight Loss Awareness Month? What will motivate you to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle which will help with your mental health recovery?
In this blog, I have listed 21 different ways you can motivate yourself to get moving – whatever that may look like for you. Be sure to have fun! Make it a game. See how many ideas below that can really motivate you to get up and get a move-on! Or come up with your own list of 21 methods.
Motivate Yourself to Mental Health Recovery
Below are 21 ideas that could motivate you to move and lose weight, just like they have for me. You can embrace a different motivation strategy each day. You can also pick out your favorites and just try them. No exact method is THE correct one.
Throughout the 21 days, post your progress in the Comments section below. I would love to hear how you are progressing. Feel free to use my email if you want some privacy. [email protected]. Happy moving!
- Surround yourself with pictures of your friends and family.
- Affix Post-it Notes all over your home! Use words and numbers that will motivate you. I put things like “You got this!” or a weight goal.
- I lost 40 pounds prior to my cousin’s wedding. Many inches of alterations had to be removed from the fabric of the bride’s maid’s dress I was wearing in order to accommodate my new body size. Since then, I have taped the tag and the receipt of the dress to my kitchen cabinet door and refrigerator as a reminder of my hard work and the results. What do you have that you can place in plain sight that represents a prior achievement?
- Buy new workout clothes.
- Buy new workout shoes.
- Set an alarm on your phone to remind you it is time to exercise. I have four alarms total just for exercising! How many alarms do you need to motivate you to get moving?
- Listen to The 10 Most Fist-Pumping Songs from the Rocky movies. It is hard not to get motivated by classics such as, “The Eye of the Tiger” and “Gonna Fly Now”.
- Set out your workout clothes the night before.
- Join a local gym.
- Try out something you have always wanted to do. For instance: yoga, weight lifting, or swimming.
- Wear your workout clothes to bed.
- Find some information on the harmful effects of being and staying overweight.
- Send a text to a friend informing him/her that you have worked out.
- Workout with a friend.
- Keep an exercise journal.
- Let your dogs be your exercising buddies and go for a daily walk, jog, skate or run.
- Watch the exercise videos you like on YouTube.
- I put together a sort of collage on a whiteboard. On each Post-it Note, I wrote a different word, phrase, Bible verse, or number to help encourage me and motivate me to achieve better health. The board also had a few pictures attached to it. The motivational board stays in the living room which is the place where I go to work out.
- And any of the countless tech devices that aid you in enjoying building a better, healthier mind, body and soul.
I do not know what your goal is. It could be a particular dress size, waist measurement, or number on the scale. Or strength you need to pick up a dumbbell or distance, endurance, restraint, and resilience. Over time, no matter the goal, you will see a change in your overall health and most importantly, your mental health. Have fun and stay motivated.
Call to Action
Chose some type of activity that will keep you moving. Decide how you are going to motivate yourself. Also, try keeping a MOVING journal in order for you to keep track of achievements along the way.
Place your comments below or you can email me at [email protected].