Five Tips To Stay Motivated To Lose Weight

by Jenn

DisclosureWas your New Year’s resolution to lose weight?  Are you looking for ways to stay motivated to lose weight?  I know we are only a month into the New Year, you may have committed to losing weight and are already finding yourself wondering how in the world you will stay motivated to lose weight.  Weight loss is a journey, it doesn’t happen overnight, and trust me I wish it did.  Sure there is plenty of fad diets, but in the end they don’t work, and are not healthy.  The last thing you want to do is damage your body, we only have one and we should take care of it. 

Most of you already know I started my journey to weight loss before the holidays.  I know, I know bad time to start.  I didn’t lose much weight, but I didn’t gain any either.  I knew if I didn’t start then I would probably have a bad attitude during the holidays, and possibly gain more.  I know myself, and I planned for the holiday’s lol.  Anyway, I have found myself looking for ways to stay motivated, so I thought I would share what I do to help me keep my motivation to lose weight. 

Five Tips To Stay Motivated To Lose WeightFive Tips To Keep Your Motivated To Lose Weight

Write It Down – If you are already on the road to losing weight you should have a goal in place.  If you have not already written it down, do it!  As soon as you write it down it’s a commitment.  Remember to be realistic about your goals.  In order to keep the weight off you are going to need to do things the right way.  Spend some time, do some research, be realistic.  Remember if you are planning on keeping it of you will need to take things slow, a couple of pounds a week is realistic.    

motivational quotesSupport – I wish I had a workout partner, but I don’t so I have had to get creative.  Rather than having a workout partner, I have my kids who I promise to go on walks with, take to the park, play Just Dance on the Wii, and loads of other things with.  If playing Just Dance for an hour or two with my girls isn’t a workout I am not sure what is, lol.  They wear me out, and they do it on purpose too.  Oh, and if you couldn’t tell I love motivational quotes.  They are a great way to find that little extra bit of motivation you need to make it through a week moment.

Sleep – I have struggled with this one, and am finally getting into the swing of things.  Sleep is so important if you want to stay motivated to lose weight.  I wasn’t losing weight, I was doing everything I was supposed to when it came to eating and working out.  My problem?  I wasn’t sleeping.  Since I started sleeping, I have had more energy, been in a better mood, found it easier to stay motivated, and you guessed it – losing weight.

Technology – I am a huge fan of technology!  There are several great devices out there to help you stay motivated.  I use several apps on my phone, and recently started using a Jawbone, which is amazing. My husband has been suing a device similar to the Jawbone for a few months, and done great with it, which is what made me want to try the Jawbone.  You might remember him writing a review on the Misfit Shine from Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores.

motivational quotes to help you lose weightI have been using the Jawbone to track my level of activity and calories burned.  Which has really helped me want to do better each day.  It even reminds you to get up and move, which is great.  Rather than sitting down for hours working, I get up and move, then come back.  The Jawbone has made me want to do better than the day before, by taking more steps, eating better, and moving more. 

It’s really helped me learn more about my sleeping pattern, and what motivated me to get my bottom to sleep.  Since it tacks hours slept, time it takes to fall asleep, how many times I wake up, and other great things.  Oh, it even has a Smart Alarm, which wakes you up at the perfect moment during your sleep cycle.  Another thing I like about the Jawbone is that you can use it with friends, and follow each other’s progress to keep your motivated.  We all have that little competitive edge to us.

If you are looking for ways to stay motivated I highly recommend trying a device like the Jawbone orMisfit Shine .  It’s really helped me, my husband, and I know several other people who are using a similar device that love it.  

music to motivate your while you workoutMusic – Last on my list is music.  Music is powerful.  I use music to help set the mood, I have an awesome line of up songs I love to jam to while workout, walk with the kids (they ride their bikes, not ignoring them lol), and Just Dance has some rocking songs that make me want to get up and move.  Get motivated with the sound of music!  If you are not already adding music to your workout, it could be the missing link.  When I put on music and workout I forget I am even working out, I get caught up in the song, and feel pumped.  Studies have shown that music can increase the intensity and duration of a workout by as much as 15%, which I have found to be true.  If you are not jamming out, you could be missing out on those benefits. 

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I hope you find something in this post that helps you stay motivated to lose weight, and maybe even save some money on health and fitness items at Best Buy!  

What are things that keep your motivated to lose weight, or stay fit?

 

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36 comments

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Caryl Anne April 17, 2014 - 11:29 am

Excellent post! I agree that writing down what you want, what you did, and where you want to go will help keep you motivated, especially when you meet a goal. Also, as stated above, music is a very powerful tool and can help motivate any individual to get up and move. I suggest changing out playlists and songs so that you don’t get bored and to help keep the workout interesting. Thanks for sharing your tips!

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denise low April 6, 2014 - 7:06 pm

I am always starting diets. But I always back slide.Maybe someday I will follow through.

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Rhea Liza Muñoz March 18, 2014 - 8:32 am

nice tips. It gives me an idea how to lose weight. I would try this one. Im so desperate to reduce my weight. I hope this will be effective to me

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Karen March 17, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Great tips to stay motivated. I’ve heard a lot about Jawbone. Will have to check it out.

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Katerina March 6, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Thank you Karen! Sometimes (maybe twice a month) I get bored or I am too tired or it has a really bad weather so I take the bus but now I am known as the “the walking motivator” from my friends and from time to time they try to hide from me when we are off from school so that I don’t make them walk!hahahaha (it’s very funny when i see the frightened look on their face when i accidentally see them waiting on a bus stop)if they won’t join me, I walk by myself cause I refuse to be that passive when I am only 24 (my friends are 18-22)..i am a very lazy person in general but when I see a sunny day I want to live it instead of getting pushed and squeezed inside a bus..:)

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lisa March 5, 2014 - 11:21 am

I need to get motivated. I hate exercising! Once I get started, I get sore and give up. The best way for me is to turn on some music and tune out everything else.

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katerina March 4, 2014 - 8:19 am

I would always use PUBLIC transportation to go to my school because i was too bored to walk there until I decided to start moving a bit and now I am walking 4km every day and feeling good i made this choice!

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Karen Hand March 6, 2014 - 7:34 am

Katerina: Congrats to you. If only I had the will power to do so.

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Marcia Lee February 19, 2014 - 10:14 pm

I have an elliptical that I just walk past on my way to do laundry. I’ve not only plateaued, but am sliding up the scale not in pounds lost, but gained. It’s time to get out those ear buds and listen to a great book or as you said turn the volume up on my favorite songs & jump on.

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Tom February 19, 2014 - 5:36 am

I was on a mission last year to lose fat. I found using myfitnesspal helped me a lot during the first few months – it gave me a much better awareness of my calorie intake.
Then later on, I started using fitocracy to track workouts – it turns exercise into a game where you earn points and level up…it also has a huge community to give you encouragement along the way!

I’ve also found that music is hugely important when exercising – it can really help push you on that little bit harder.
Having a good set of sports earphones is crucial. I’ve heard good things about Yurbuds before, I really must check them out!

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Sandra Beeman February 18, 2014 - 7:33 pm

I think this article touches on each aspect of successful weight loss, I’m stuck, it seems until the warmer weather to start back on my exercise routine. Music, I also found is a very pleasant motivator.

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Jenn February 19, 2014 - 12:41 am

Yes, me too… Sometimes I have to make myself put it on, and it takes a min but before i know it I am not even thinking about what I am doing! LOVE MUSIC to help keep things fun!

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jeri accardo February 10, 2014 - 7:02 pm

I just went back to work and am finding more desire to move more at work. I do have to move a lot anyway at work and move fast! But I am finding ways to get a little more movement that really stretches the muscles. I feels great!!

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Terri Carle February 6, 2014 - 7:01 am

great tips! I started my lifestyle change in July last year. I was so depressed see to seeing myself in my bathing suit I just cried. I finally talked my doctor into helping. He prescribed meds to help me get started but only after I agreed to see a nutritionist. She helped me a great deal to not only know what to eat to lose weight, but for life, for my health condition. I have to say, I have not regretted my lifestyle change even though many people say they could not do it, they were never to the point in their lives I was. God Bless!

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terrijean jacobo February 3, 2014 - 4:01 pm

thankyou sooo much for these great tips! i need all the help i can get lol =)

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Trish F February 3, 2014 - 12:03 am

Great tips girl! You sound like your on the road to success. I will certainly be checking out the Jawbone app and those wireless earbuds. Thanks for sharing.

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Jenn February 3, 2014 - 1:34 am

I sure hope so I am really trying hard… soooooo hard, the Jawbone is amazing I LOVE IT!!! I mean it really helps keep me movivated!

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Kelsi February 2, 2014 - 4:07 pm

It is so hard to stay motivated. I finally have a workout partner and worked out for the first time since having my son two months ago. I am definitely going to try adding music to my workout. I think I’m going to burn a Workout Music CD today. Thanks for the tips!

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Jenn February 2, 2014 - 6:08 pm

Stay stong you can do it… I have been thinking about starting a facebook group for this I know so many people would could use the extra push… me inlcuded if I do would you like to join?

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rochelle haynes February 2, 2014 - 11:24 am

this is nice to know

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Chrystal Thurston January 31, 2014 - 8:48 am

I committed at the first of the year to lose 20 pounds however long it takes. I lost 8 pounds in 2 weeks but then my hubby found the discounted goods and brought home my favorite cookies and I gained 4 backs. I have been using Garcinia Cambogia combined with Green Cofffee Extract since Dr Oz is giving such great reviews. I have Fibromyalgia and Arthritis in 70% of my body so moving is very painful, but I have a video for staying fit while sitting and am trying to get back into yoga again. For me getting into a regular schedule of just moving and stretching is where I need to start and as the pain subsides I can do more. If the weather was better I could go to the gym and do water aerobics which I will when it is.
I wish I had a phone to use wither of those apps they sound like exactly what I need, but I have a kitchen timer and can use that to remind me to get up and move at least once an hour.
Thanks for the great info!

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Jenn January 31, 2014 - 8:21 pm

good for you girl you are doing amazing! Keep your head up, and if you ever need anything please let me know I am here to support you in any way I can! We all need support, and 8 pounds in 2 weeks is amazing keep it up….

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Deborah Caudill January 29, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Thanks for the article on staying motivated to lose weight. You have some great ideas that I plan to try. I believe getting more sleep will help me to stay on track to lose weight, as well as making me feel better.

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Helga January 29, 2014 - 10:50 am

Thise are some sensible tips to help people. Motivation is so key.

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RANDY FULGHAM January 29, 2014 - 10:45 am

GREAT TIPS –THANKS FOR SHARING

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melisa January 29, 2014 - 4:18 am

At least you didn’t gain over the holidays, that’s very good news. (Some of us blew it-BIG time) These are good points and you have me very interested in that jawbone app now. Going to look into it. Thanks!

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elinor semira January 29, 2014 - 3:57 am

those would really help me lose weight one step at a time and keep myself motivated for the rest of the year to strive harder. thanks for sharing those very helpful tips.

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Mystica January 29, 2014 - 1:54 am

Great and practical ideas on how to lose and keep the weight off.

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Shannon January 28, 2014 - 11:48 pm

Hi Jenn thank you for all of the great tips. Have a nice day.

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maria carrasco January 28, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Thank you for this post. I am trying to lose some weight and you gave me excellent tips to reach my goal.

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jeri accardo January 28, 2014 - 7:32 pm

MY BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH WEIGHT LOSS IS MY PROCRASTINATION!! THANKS FOR THE TIPS! I REALLY DO NEED THEM!

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lisa January 28, 2014 - 12:01 pm

I like your suggestions. Music would help me the most. Whenever I play my favorites, I can’t help but getting up to dance. I might as well exercise to it.

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mysweetiepiepie January 28, 2014 - 11:45 am

Staying motivated is definitely the hardest part, thanks for the great tips!

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Stephen January 28, 2014 - 9:03 am

Thanks for the tips on losing weight and keeping motivated. It all helps!

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md Kennedy January 28, 2014 - 8:13 am

My husband is on a journey to improve his health, and has found that the days after nights with good sleep are so much easier than others. As for the music, I HATE the buds that come with the iPod – I’d love a pair of these yubuds!

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Anita L January 28, 2014 - 7:31 am

You certainly have posted some great tips for staying on track with losing weight. It really does get much harder as you get older though. Being in menopause, I can say that getting proper sleep is a difficult thing to do. I am on the strangest schedule and it’s not helping matters any.

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