(Closed) How did you motivate yourself to lose weight?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
16 posts
  • Wedding: July 2015

I think that losing a few pounds is actually much harder than when you have a ton (not an actual ton) to lose. You need to find motivation…for me..what works is either a reminder of what I look like now that I don’t want to look like OR a pic of what I want to look like/compete with. I allow those types of pics to remind me of my goal as I think of the many excuses not to work out…or to eat chocolate. 

Post # 3
9754 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

Honestly, it took getting to the point where diabetes was a near at hand possibility, that motivated me for about 4 weeks, then having a fatty liver (or close to it) motivated me again. But honestly I have trouble finding motivation too! Good luck OP.

ETA: I agree with the PP, it is much harder to get motivated when you only have a little bit to lose.

Post # 4
242 posts
Helper bee

I have gone paleo, gone keto, started running, now I lift weights, I’ve tried a lot of things since getting engaged in the last year to lose weight. Here are my tips:

Decide what you want to do. Don’t try to lose weight for the sake of a number on a scale. It isn’t a good metric of health, nor is BMI. Think more about losing body fat, there are good websites that can help you with that. My goal is more stamina in my life, being able to walk around for longer, being as strong and fit as I can for when we decide to have kids, and I want to do aerial silks.

Portion control everything you eat. MyFitnessPall is a great app that helps you figure out what you are eating, where your calories are coming from. You might need to eat more protein to lose a few pounds. You might need more fat, less carbs, more calories in general. I really recommend just tracking everything by scale for a week to get a clear picture of what you normally eat and then make changes after that.

That being said, make changes in your lifestyle that are attainable,especially in the beginning. Drinking more water in a day, taking more steps in a day, etc. these are good goals to set. Saying you are never drinking soda again is definitely setting yourself up for failure. Its about small steps that add up to a big change.

If there is a certain body part you want to look better for the wedding, focus on that. I wanted better arms. I realize that they aren’t going to be amazingly toned bodybuilder arms, but they are already more toned and less jiggly than when I tried on my dress so they will only get better from here.

There are plenty of plans if you want something to follow that has all the guess work taken out of it. I have seen people get great results with Beachbody products and Shakeology, if that seems right to you. I really don’t know anyone who have achieved lasting results with Weight Watchers. But, like any plan you choose to follow, if you commit to it and commit to yourself, any plan can work and you will see results.

Post # 5
697 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

For me, Pinterest is what drives me in my motivation to lose weight right now. I want to lose about 15 or 20 lbs for my wedding and Pinterest helps me find healthy recipes and it also also allows me to pin photos and sayings that motivate me to keep pushing for my goal. I also print out a few of my favourite images that motivate me the most and I tape them right infront of my treatmill. I find having that constant visual reminder really helps me. Try it and see if it works for you! Put the images somewhere you look at in home all the time. Maybe kitchen or bedroom? Also, I would seriously recommend watching the documentary called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” by a man named Joe Cross. He did a juicing fast for 60 days and he lost so much weight and he got rid of a chronic rash that he had by doing it. He talks a lot about eating healthy in an unhealthy world and how the western diet is basically making us sick and causing disease. You can watch it online for free or if you have Netflix, they have it on there too. Watching that a year ago really woke me up and made me get my ass in gear. Everything he says is so true! Good luck and I hope this helps!

Post # 7
295 posts
Helper bee

I kinda did a big no no for motivation I bought my dress for our vow renewal in the size I want/use to be so I kinda have to loose it. Been working so far.

Post # 8
1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My clothes are getting too tight now and I’m getting a muffin top! As soon asg clothes started to not fit anymore I wanted to get back in gear and it motivates me huge!

Post # 9
1482 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I bought a trumpet dress 😛 Honestly, that was the biggest motivator in the beginning. I started out at about 168 lbs, am now about 155 lbs (6 weeks later), and my goal is 147 lbs before the end of April. Losing about 1 lb per week after the initial shock 7 lbs in two, and now the motivating thing is feeling my jeans grow bigger as I go smaller 🙂 

Otherwise I’d have a look around Google for some good newsletters or  forums to join. I get a newsletter from a place called Nerd Fitness, and even though I don’t do Paleo, the weekly emails with tips and tricks about how to exercise etc. keep me motivated.


Or maybe do something like this if you have the space? 

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