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Ready to budge the bulge? Maximise your motivation with these top tips!
1 Start small
One way to marry change and motivation at the beginning of your journey is to ask yourself what you are prepared to change. Target the little things first – like cutting back on the spoon of sugar you have in your morning cuppa, or swapping half an hour of television time for half an hour of incidental exercise (think cleaning the house or doing a spot of gardening). Kicking these small goals will fire your resolve to achieve your bigger-picture targets.
Building on from the last point, make a list of small, specific changes that you’d like to make – and stick to them. So, instead of saying “I’d like to eat more healthily”, instead plan to eat one extra serve of vegies each day, or switch to eating bread three days a week, rather than seven. Writing goals down in this way makes them easier to track and achieve!
Here’s the truth – losing weight, remaking your habits and implementing long-term lifestyle changes is not an overnight process. Maintain your motivation by avoiding setting deadlines on when you want to achieve certain goals.
Don’t forget to celebrate your wins – not just wins on the scale, but goals like joining the gym, or walking for two kilometres without stopping, or being able to cut back on your medication as a result of your weight loss. It all counts!