Losing weight is hard work and we can all use a little extra help. Here are four different things you may want to have in your tool belt. They’ll help keep you on track and more importantly keep you motivated to keep going. Motivation is key, particularly on those days when you’re craving high-calorie food or don’t want to head outside to exercise. Use these tools to help you reach your weight loss goals.
Food and Exercise Journal
One of the simplest, yet most effective tools to accompany your weight loss journey is a journal. Use it to record what you’re eating when, how much water you’re drinking, and what exercises you’re doing on a given day. You might be surprised by what you find out.
You may also want to record how you’re feeling on any given day and what challenges you’ve encountered during the day. Just knowing that you’ll have to write it down is often enough motivation to keep you from overeating and to head out for a walk.
A Vision Board
The mind is a powerful thing and it can be a strong ally to you. Spend a little time each day picturing the thinner, healthier version of you that you’re destined to become. A vision board can be helpful here. Get a piece of construction paper and add anything that helps you visualize the thinner you.
Use pictures of yourself when you were down to your ideal weight. Or find magazine pictures of people that look similar to you and are the shape you want to get down to. You can also add images of the types of outfits you plan on wearing after your weight loss and of course plenty of pictures describing the lifestyle and activities you look forward to.
An Outfit In Your Ideal Size
Is there a particular outfit you look forward to wearing? Or is there a jeans size you are trying to get down to? Go ahead and buy a pair and hang it up in your bedroom. Look at it each day and tell yourself that you’re well on your way to fitting those pants.
You may also want to keep one pair of pants from your heaviest days. When you feel like you’re not making progress, pull them on as a strong visual reminder of how far you’ve come. This will be very powerful as soon as you start losing inches around your waist (which will happen quickly).
A Support Group
Last but not least let’s talk about support from others. Surround yourself with people that support and encourage your weight loss journey. Ask them to hold you accountable and cheer you on.
This support group can happen locally with loved ones and friends, but it can also be an online group. It’s even more powerful when you can find others who are working hard to lose pounds and get in shape. You can cheer each other on and help each other along your weight loss journey.