How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight
The number one reason people visit this blog is to find motivation and stay motivated to lose weight. I’m not ever sure if they find what they’re looking for, though.
Sure, they can see my before and after pictures, nearly five hundred posts I’ve made along the journey, my struggles, tragedies, etc, but I’m not sure if they ever find the motivation they want.
Nobody can give you a reason why you should wake up to go to the gym at 5 AM. Likewise, nobody can give you a reason as to why you should go to the gym after a long 10-hour day at work when you’re hungry, exhausted, and ready to get home. That kind of courage, that kind of relentlessness to work hard every single day for weeks, months, and years without fail can’t be taught or passed down to you.
You’ve got to find it.
Some people stay motivated to lose weight by looking at an event down the road — a wedding, for example. Personally, I’m trying to look good and feel great for my sister-in-law’s wedding in May — but what happens when it comes and goes? And besides, even if you have a likewise event down the road that you’re trying to lose weight for, how do you find the motivation for it today, weeks and months in advance? After all, it’s so far down the road, right, and you can just start working hard tomorrow?
That’s how it went with me for years. More than likely, the same is true for you.
No magazine, internet article, top ten list on Oprah or Dr. Phil or the evening news is going to force you go to the gym 4-5 days a week for the rest of your life. I’m not going to force you, either. Sure, you might find encouragement to lose weight elsewhere and I’d be humbled if you found it in my writing and my before/after pictures, but it’s all on you to stay motivated. You either want it bad enough or you don’t.
Do you want to lose weight? Just do it. I’ve told you how. Reach your goals and lose 20, 50, 100 pounds, whatever you want to lose. Don’t tell me it’s hard. I know it’s hard, but when people tell me that it’s like preaching to the choir, pastor, and the congregation.