It’s something that happens to almost everyone who follows a medical weight loss plan. At some point, you might feel as though you’ve lost your motivation, and that’s a particularly common feeling about a month or two after you’ve made your New Years resolutions. It’s normal to lose the excitement over your new health goals. But because long-term health is the result of long-term choices, you need to get your motivation back. These five tips can help.
Accept it. First, accept that this is a normal phase. It’s difficult for anyone to maintain a high level of enthusiasm for any topic for very long. So it’s normal and expected that your motivation will wane a bit. The key is to figure out little ways to make your medical weight loss plan seem new again.
Choose new activities. Anyone would get bored with the same old workout routine, day in and day out. So go ahead and mix it up. Rather than getting hung up on calorie burn, choose activities that sound fun. You’ll probably be changing them out in a month or two, anyway, so just go with what feels exciting for now.
Try some new foods. The main problem with eating plans is that they can get boring over time. So switch it up, and learn some new recipes or try a new restaurant. If you like spicy foods, focus on new, exotic cuisines that fit into your nutrition plan. The intense flavors can prevent boredom.
Prioritize your sleep. Sometimes we get so hung up on exercise and nutrition that we forget one of the basics of good health and stress management. Make sure you get enough quality sleep each night, so that you’re well rested and ready to tackle your health goals each morning.
Choose a meaningful goal. Most of us are just not that motivated by numbers on a scale. Try to attach your goals to something meaningful to you, such as feeling confident at an upcoming social function, setting an example for your kids, or peforming well in a walk/run for a good cause.
And of course, give us a call right away if you feel like you’ve lost your motivation. We can offer more advice geared toward your individual medical weight loss plan, and help you get back on track toward your goals.