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How to Find Motivation When You Fail

Most individuals who are embarking on a new weight loss journey go out the gates ready to take on every challenge with strength and perserverance. But, what happens when you lose your motivation all together? And, even worse, what happens when a weight loss set back causes you to beat yourself up?

It’s All About Attitude

A great deal of success in weight loss comes from having the right attitude. Sure, there will be times when it feels almost impossible to pick yourself up and try again. This will be especially hard when you have failed multiple times. But the more you can focus on your attitude, the better you will be at finding success. Look at it as a lifestyle change not a diet. Diets are temporary. You should be focusing on changing your life permanently. If you have failed multiple times, and are becoming increasingly discouraged, sometimes it helps to take a break, refocus, and start over.

Tips for Getting Back in the Swing

When you are ready to dive in again, we have found these tips to be helpful to those struggling in their weight loss journey.

  • Be sure to focus on having a balance of eating healthy food and exercising. Once you have set a good plan in place, stick to it. If you fall off track, brush yourself off and get going again.
  • When working out, focus on doing a combination of cardio vascular workout and weight training.
  • If you are really in a rut, start by walking 15 minutes a day. It will increase your drive to be healthy and walking is very beneficial to weight loss.
  • Focus on protein. Are you consuming the right amount of protein in your diet? Sometimes adding protein to your regular diet can rev up weight loss.
  • Have patience. It won’t happen overnight. If you can’t go to the gym five days a week, start with three and work your way up.
  • Visualize your goal. You can even have motivational pictures posted around the house or as the background of your phone.
  • Make a public commitment. You can’t focus solely on will power. Be accountable to others. It can be a big help in your success.
  • Find a role model that relates to you.
  • Set the right goals. By setting goals that are too far out of your reach, you are setting yourself up for failure. This will easily make you discouraged.
  • Expect setbacks. As with anything in life, there will be setbacks. But, getting back on your feet will be even better.
  • Reward yourself with nonfood incentives.

Finding motivation can be difficult, especially when failure gets you down. But, there are many ways to lead your brain into finding motivation and achieving your goals.

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