What Motivates You to Lose Weight?

By: Wendy Hearn

What is your motive for losing weight? How can you sustain your motivation? There are times when most of us feel more motivated to lose weight. But there are other times when motivation is low. Understanding why you do this is the first step towards building your motivation.

One type of motivation is the pain and pleasure method. This relies on you being stimulated by the perceived pain or pleasure associated with doing or not doing a certain thing. The desire is to move towards pleasure or away from pain. For instance, some people will feel encouraged to lose weight, associating this with the pleasure of being slim, feeling good in their clothes and having lots of energy. For others, the motivation to lose weight derives from moving away from pain. Perhaps the association with pain is being conscious of your size, the inability to move your body easily or the embarrassment of trying to fit into a chair.

What is pleasurable about losing weight which would encourage you to move towards it? What is so painful you want to move away from it? I encourage you to make time for either or both of these. What motivates you will not necessarily work for someone else. You are unique. If you use these methods, which are individual to you, the motivation will come from the heart. In this way, you will feel inspired, instead of relying on someone else to motivate you. This is far better than having someone constantly prodding you because when they're not there, your motivation goes with them.

When in the past have you felt inspired to lose weight? I suggest you grab a pen and paper, or your journal and write down as much as you can about those feelings. You can then identify what inspires you. At such times, what specifically was going on? What did it look and feel like? What kind of person were you?

The next step is to create an environment which inspires you to lose weight. Look at what you've written down and see if you can recreate this. Perhaps you feel inspired after exercise which means you're less likely to overeat, particularly foods which aren't so healthy. Try planning your exercising in such a way as to maximise this feeling or challenge yourself to exercise when you're inclined to reach for food. Remember to start with one thing at a time and add to it when you're ready. Small steps, consistently taken, move you towards achieving your goal.

Wendy Hearn is the author of "The Top 10 Things That Stop YOU From Losing Weight" http://www.PositiveWeightLoss.com

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