When you’re following a weight loss plan and exercise regimen, you might think that willpower is the most important tool in your arsenal. But actually, this is a common mistake that frequently backfires.
We don’t recommend relying upon willpower alone, for two important reasons. First, no one has infinite willpower. So when yours eventually runs out, what will you rely upon to stay disciplined? Second, counting on willpower deprives you of the opportunity to develop a much more realistic and beneficial mindset. And this mindset can help you in many areas of your life. Following a weight loss plan can change your life in more ways than one!
So when it comes to exercise, we don’t recommend that you simply force yourself to stick to a program. Arrange your exercise regimen around these mindset shifts instead.
Look for gradual improvements over the long term. Unfortunately, no, you can’t just exercise super hard for a week or two and magically achieve the results you want. But by focusing on gradual results over the long term, you can set yourself up for success by visualizing realistic expectations.
Set benchmark goals. Many of us have grand, long-term goals when we start up a weight loss plan or exercise regimen. And it’s definitely okay to keep those larger goals in mind. But you’ll enjoy a sense of accomplishment, and feel motivated to keep going, when you set smaller, attainable benchmark goals. Decide to lose five pounds this month, or increase your walk time by ten minutes, or something else that is within your grasp in a shorter time frame. The burst of self esteem from more regular victories will motivate you to keep going.
Focus on how you feel. It can be tempting to focus on the number on a scale, or how you look in the mirror. But by focusing on how you feel, such as having more energy or feeling invigorated after a workout, you shift the focus to health. That’s actually more motivating to most people!
And of course, if you have any questions about your weight loss plan, give us a call. We can teach you about the foods you should be eating to support your health goals.