Let other people help with weightloss motivation

I recently had an experience where I felt tremendous amounts of inspiration and motivation. My mind instantly started to work with multiple great ideas of what I could do to do giant leaps forward to accomplish my goals. I was passionately inspired to do my work.

What happened was that people had given me lots and lots of positive criticism for the work I had done. I felt great and my heart was warm, I could have run a Marathon on that positive energy.

When I later found out that everything was a big misunderstanding on my part, the air went out of me and I felt how the inspiration and motivation left in an instant. I was very disappointed.

How can I turn this into something positive I thought? How can I make this happen again for real?

I head felt very strongly that getting positive input from people really boosts me. I guess it’s the same with you. If we hear that we are nice, smart, good looking, sweet, charismatic and that the things we do are excellent, inspiring and savvy we get inspired to be better and do even more extraordinary things!

If you are struggling to lose weight you should try to get inspiration from other people. To hear someone say “You are doing great“, “You impress me” or “Wow, I can really see that you are loosing weight” can be a boost in self confidence and a spark of motivation that can take you to the next step in your weight loss transformation.

Lots of people blog about their weight loss journey, and that’s a good thing. It’s a chance for them to get positive input from people in the same situation. Random people can give comments and give words of encouragement, that inspires the blog owner to blog even more and to push a little more with exercise and diets in order to work towards their goals.

If you don’t have a blog, you could join a forum on the net for weight loss. There you can meet people that struggles with the same problems as you. You can learn stuff, teach others about your experiences and motivate each other.

Being around the right people is also important. If you hang with like-minded you will surely hear words of encouragement which will empower you. A process of weight loss needs a lot of fuel in form of positive input. You have to get motivated every day in order to be successful.

Start giving people compliments and words of encouragement and you will surely get it back. Be the positive and inspiring friend/partner you wanna have yourself. Give unselfishly and do you best to make people happy and you will receive the same love. If people around you don’t say things spontaneously, ask them what they think about you and your efforts. Maybe they think you are a fighter with a strong mind, a great model with a desirable attitude but they don’t say it out loud for some reason.

If you want to hear positive things and get motivated by others – motivate and encourage others!

Exercise motivation – don’t wait for it

Still waiting for motivation to come falling on you like a bomb from the sky? If you’re not motivated to exercise right now, you sure aren’t gonna be that just waiting for it.

“Do the thing and you will have the power”, Ralph Waldo Emerson said in the old days but it’s still valid today. What he meant is that you should get off you butt and take action – then things will happen for you. Then you will have momentum and then you will have what you want.

I say don’t sit around and wait for motivation to start exercising. Take action today to start a exercise habit. Once you start and stick to your exercise plan you will get more and more motivated to continue – once you get by the first “gruesome experiences”. If you start, one good thing will lead to another and sooner than you know you will be doing it all the time and really enjoying it.

A key is to start on a level that is suitable for you and then go upwards from there. Don’t overwork in the beginning as the risk is that you might associate a lot of pain to your previous workouts.

Instead you should try to associate a workout with something pleasurable and try to start with the “end in mind”. When I think of going to the gym I think about enjoying a super-nice steam sauna and a can of my favourite energy drink (healthy option!). This is what I do after every workout and the thought of that pleasurable experience is what gets me motivated to go to the gym.

Think of something that you can do or have after your workouts. And just after workouts. It should be something that you really enjoy to do or love to eat (not to unhealthy though :). This thing is only allowed after workouts. Maybe you decide that you can have a Latte only after you have been exercising, or you get to have a massage every friday you have been to the gym three times during the week.

When it comes to weightloss taking action is easier with exercise, it’s more concrete than anything else. Not eating isn’t really much of an action in my opinion. Exercising on the other hand is a good weight loss action that will spiral into other good habits and better life style.

So if you lack in motivation to workout, take some time to think of some kind of exercise that you like, and take action. Decide when to do it and how often, and stick to that plan. When you get momentum it’s going to be much easier. That requires that you are consistent.

Getting a car rolling by hand is quite tough and will take a lot of effort, but once you get the wheels rolling you can push the car quite easily. Don’t let it stop though, it will take lots of effort once more to get it rolling again.

In the same way exercise gets easier and more funny if you do it on a consistent basis. If you do it for some time and stop doing it for a couple of weeks, you will have a hard time getting back to where you were.

And as usual, the more action you take, the bigger the results. So take action by doing some exercise and you will get motivation to stay focused on your weight goal. You will feel good about yourself, that it’s easier to stay away from the unhealthy foods and snacks, and get inspired when you see the results of the exercise – a better posture, more defined muscles or better fitness!

It’s time for you to shine

I know you have what it takes to make the change in your life. Just set your mind to it and work on your goals on a daily basis. I’m no “health expert” or “certified weight loss guru”. Im just a regular guy, but I have experienced all this to be true and I’m well on my way to the weight and body I want to have.

If you follow the advices here you are sure to improve your odds of losing undesired body weight and adopting the lifestyle that will help you keep your desired weight. Losing weight is actually not the hardest part. Keeping the goal weight year after year is the challenge.

I would be happy if you follow Your Weight Loss Mindset on Facebook. By doing this you will get tips, articles, and motivational material to keep your mind fed :)

If you want to look at the weight loss/weight management program that I have been writing about (the plan that got me going and helped me stick to my weight loss strivings) please go to the Weight Loss Plan.

Daily motivation for weight loss

So you feel like crap today? Or anyways a little down. You will face a lot of challenges on your road to weight loss success. In order to overcome these challenges you have to get motivated and stay motivated, otherwise you will not have the power to follow through, and eventually meet your weight goal. It’s not only the diet that has to work. You have to work on the diet!

Ask yourself the right things

Start each day with a positive mental attitude. Try to get into that state of mind as soon as possible. Be thankful for a new day full of possibilities and that you are living in a free country, being able to accomplish whatever you want to do.

Suppress the negative thoughts and the negative questions that pops up the the head like “How come I’m not able to lose weight?” and replace them with questions like “How can I make myself feel better today and really enjoy the ride?”, “How can I plan my day best in order to work on my weight goals in the most effective way?”. You know those days that start off in a bad way and everything seems to go wrong. You oversleep, rush out of the bed and hurt your foot by accidently kicking a chair, your sock is missing and when you’re putting in your contacts you drop one down the drain. Your toast gets burned and you continue spilling coffee on your white shirt! As you started thinking negative thoughts, you attract more and more of the negative things.

Even when as bad thing happens, you should try to see the positive in the situation. By asking yourself “What’s good about this? What can I learn from this?”. Maybe you learned that drinking coffee in a white shirt isn’t that smart and you should do it in your housecoat before you get dressed for work instead :) The day your car doesn’t start may be the day you meet your future wife on the subway.

Feed your mind with positive stuff

As much as you have to feed your body with quality food and nutrients, you have to feed your mind with good stuff! Everyday we get bombarded with news about war, crises, global warming, conflicts, world starvation – lots and lots of negative stuff, not to forget all your negative and critical self-talk. You have to “flush the glass” with positive, constructive and empowering things  as a counterweight. Your glass of water gets dirty and cloudy with all that the breaking news and tabloids feed you with. This is a constant process in the same way as doing exercise or eating the right things. You have to listen to educational, self-developing things as often as possible. Audio books are a fabulous invention that you can use whenever you have minutes to spare. You carry them around all day in your (smart)phone and is perfect when you are commuting, working in the garden, cleaning, exercising or whenever! A good start would be to listen to some of the masters of personal development and inspiration – Jim Rohn, Anthony Robbins, Darren Hardy, Jack Canfield, Jeff Olsen just to mention some of my favourites. All of these guys have “been there, and done that” and are tremendously inspiring to listen to.

Team up with other winners

Do you find it hard to lace the sneakers and go out walking/running or to get your rear down to the local gym? How about finding someone that shares your goals and visions about weight loss to team up with? This can be a perfect way to get up from the coach and into the track suit. You will be able to motivate and inspire each other. You will have someone to be accountable to, and it will be harder to get away with excuses. Decide that you are to meet up at the gym at a certain time, certain days of the week. You simple have to be there. You don’t want to let your friend down, do you?

Walking and running as well as exercising in the gym is made much more enjoyable when you have something inspiring to listen to. Don’t just listen to music, even if good music of course can get you in a great mood for pushing yourself while exercising. Try listening to motivational audio every day and read 15 minutes of a good book before you go to sleep as well.

Find a good “made for you” plan

Are you confused about what to eat and when to do it? Are you like a headless chicken, running and back and forth in the gym trying a little of this and a little of that, wasting your time trying to figure out how to exercise properly? Following a plan is the solution. There are tons of good “made for you”-plans out there, both for choosing the diet and for right kind of exercise. Myself I got started on my weight loss journey with a great weight loss, health and weight management program that I strongly recommend. It includes top of the line products that supports cleansing, weight loss and well being. On top on that a guide what to eat, and when to do it as well as video coaching in the iPhone every day by the one of the gurus in the field of weight loss. Sweet!

Reward yourself

Get yourself some carrots to get some motivation. Make a sub goal that is due in a week or two, and if give yourself something for accomplishing that small goal, something that you enjoy doing and don’t do very often. It shouldn’t be something eatable, unless you wanna spoil yourself with a whole plate of raw carrots :) Think of what you enjoy doing or buying, and reward yourself with that when you meet your goal. A week without white bread = a manicure, Walking 2 miles a day all weekdays = you get to buy the latest tech gadget. My reward for every workout is relaxing in the steam sauna and my daily healthy energy drink. This moment is all I think about going to the gym.

Have a positive visual of yourself

When you right now are looking in the mirror it’s maybe hard to picture yourself slim and fit? The thing with a goal is that you have to be able to visualize it as already achieved. You have to believe that you can become that slimmer, healthier version of you. Have you given a thought of how you want to look exactly? Why not trying to find a picture on the net or in a magazine of a person that you would like to look like and then replace that persons head with your own, either by modifying the picture in an image editing program like Photoshop or by just placing a cut out of you own head/face on that picture. Putting this picture up in some strategic place can be a good boost for you self image and a positive affirmation whenever you see it.

Exercise – the key to well being

So we are finally here. The thing you fear the most. You get exhausted just by looking at people exercising. You think it’s hard, boring, and a waste of time. The times you have exercised didn’t give you any noticeable results.

When losing weight exercise is said to be around 20-25%. I think that is just pure theoretical. In a perfect world, eating a good and balanced diet and exercising on a daily basis surely would make everybody healthy and fit, but we people are very complex. In order to lose weight and maintain our goal weight we have to be motivated. Make ourselves motivated. For me, developing my weight loss mindset, exercising has been a major part. Way more than 20-25%.

Stop making excuses not to exercise

Getting started is the hard part. If you never have been exercising I’m sure you have lots of excuses not to start. It’s too boring, it costs to much to buy a gym membership, you don’t have time, you have a sore this or sore that that, you are stuck with the kids and so on. You must first find something that you like to do otherwise it will be difficult to make exercising a habit. The best exercise is the one you do! Try to make a schedule how often and when to do it, and try not to deviate from that schedule.

The thought of running miles and miles on a treadmill maybe isn’t that appealing. Get outside instead and start walking. It could be a great habit for you to walk for 15-20 minutes every morning before going to work. This summer during my vacation I forced myself up from bed as good as every single day to walk for about 50 minutes. That included quite a lot of negotiation with my bad self in the beginning. To stay in bed seemed so much better, but I whipped my sorry ass out of the bed and into to running shoes. Getting outside in the sun, putting on some good music or a good audio book, suddenly felt way much better than being a lazy lie-abed. I got into a routine and I felt good about myself doing it. I could get home after that and with a clean conscious eat a tasty breakfast.

I started to walk longer and longer and I kept doing it for the whole summer. I often got out with my friends or my wife. If you want to be social and meet friends, you don’t have to sit in a cafe or at home. Why don’t take a long brisk walk together instead? Who can you call today to ask if they want to join you tomorrow morning for a brisk walk before work?

The winnings of exercise are many

  • Gives you energy and makes you more alert
  • Makes you fresh, lively and healthy
  • Gives you a feeling of elation
  • Makes you relaxed
  • Dampens depression and prevents it
  • Suppresses cravings like sugar craving
  • Makes you proud of yourself
  • Cleans your lymph system due to increased deep breathing
  • Sweating increases the lymphatic flow which cleans out more toxins
  • Improves you immune system
  • Lowers the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer drastically
  • Lowers blood pressure and blood fats
  • Increases you metabolism
  • Releases dopamine in the brains “reward center” which makes you feel energized, and gets you addicted to it :)

Do you need more reasons to start exercising? I’m sure there are more, but this should be enough.

Challenge yourself and raise the bar

Just find something that you like to do. Be consistent with it. Make a plan and stick with it. Develop the necessary routines. Get up, get out, get moving. No excuses. Take it easy in the beginning and make a plan that you know that you will be able to follow. If you make a too demanding exercise plan, you probably will find lots of reasons to cheat one, two, three times and suddenly you skipped it all in favor for the latest TV-series. You have to find a good balance – not to easy (you have to challenge yourself a little) but not to demanding. Raise the bar little by little. When you start to feel comfortable with for instance running one mile, extend your route to a two mile track and stick with that for some weeks. Keep pushing and challenge yourself.

The more you do the easier it will get and you will feel better and better about yourself. Push yourself to do more and more. Get a journal and keep track of your trainings and your progresses.

As I said I think exercise is much more than 20-25% of your weight loss when it comes to the mental aspects, your mindset. Get out running, being in the gym doing TRX training, interval training or something else, pushing yourself knowing it’s gonna render progress, is a great feeling and when you see the results you freak out!

Ready for some serious fat-burning exercises?

You are looking for the fastest way to lose weight while exercising, right? What is the best fat burning exercise? Walking in all the glory, it’s a good start when you haven’t been exercising for a long time and haven’t built up the strength in knees and back. Walking is very refreshing for your body and mind, but it’s not the best workout to lose weight.

Forget about spot-burning belly or thighs. There is no such thing, even if TV-shop does a jolly good job trying to convince us that. If you are looking to lose fat fast you should do high intense interval training (HIIT) that involves large muscle groups. High intense aerobic training will increase the calorie expenditure and boost your metabolism. One sweet thing about this type of exercise is that the burning of calories stays on a high level for hours and hours after that you have stopped exercising.

The key is to get the heart rate up

Interval training is when you work very hard for a period of time (the longer the better), rests for 50-100% of that time and then start over again. This makes the exercise more effective and you don’t have to do it for a very long time. The high intense part should be to the point of fatigue, and as for as long time as possible. Sounds great fun, doesn’t it? ;-) I recently put up a punching bag in the garage. Beating that up for 30 seconds makes your heart bounce. Rest for 15-20 seconds and repeat this procedure 7-9 times. You don’t have to go many rounds with the sandbag before you feel pretty exhausted. Put a picture of your dictator-like boss or your nagging husband above it and it gets self-motivating ;-)

Building up your muscles with strength training have many benefits. It increases the metabolism as the bigger muscles needs more energy and will burn calories even when resting, the bone health is improved, it gives you strength and better balance, coordination and posture. When your looking to lose as much body fat as possible you should try activate large muscle groups, not isolated muscles. The more muscle fibers you utilize, the more lean muscle tissue you’ll develop, which will really boost your metabolism.

I promise you that if you start to exercise, you’ll be wanting more and more of it, and it will give you motivation as you will see results after a while. It’s quite hard to get a car rolling by hand, but once you’ll get it rolling it’s quite easy to keep it moving. You just have to get momentum in your exercise and it will be easy for you. Just make a plan and follow it. You can find a good made-for-you exercise program online or ask someone at the gym for tips. There are lots of people there who are eager to help you find the right kind of strength training exercises. They will probably be flattered that you ask them for advice, as they think they must have done one or two things right as you ask them.

Exercise does a good job suppressing cravings, and another aspect is that if you have been out walking, running or been to the gym it’s easier to say no to unhealthy food. You don’t wanna “undo” the exercise you just did, do you?