Weight loss is most certainly a mental game. What you need to do to keep your head in the game will be completely different from what I or others need to do in order to accomplish the same thing. That being said, here are a few tips:
- Don’t say you “need to lose” 15 pounds. Instead, say you’re “going to lose” or you “are losing” 15 pounds. Change your outlook. It’s not something you’re desperate to do, it’s something you are doing. It’s just something that you do. Make it seem normal. Trick your mind into thinking healthy. Eventually (hopefully) it will stick.
- Make it known to your friends and family what your plans are and what you’re doing. It makes you accountable and it makes them a part of your journey. This means you can politely request they respect your eating decisions (assuming they are healthy) and that they do not tempt you with things you cannot be trusted with.
- Find a mantra. Doesn’t matter what it is, so long as it works for you. Mine is simple and kinda dumb. “You’re already awesome, Bonnie, you don’t need to add any sugar.”
- Make yourself a menu for the day or week. Input your nutritional values and your calories for each menu item and then add them all up at the beginning of the day/week. If you have met all your nutrition goals but have calories left over, then you can have a treaty bit (assuming it doesn’t trigger you into an unhealthy mindset. For me, even with left over calories, chocolate is off the list. I can’t eat it responsibly.)
This is just a small sampling of things you can do to keep yourself on the straight and narrow. Oh, and remember this:
Motivation has NOTHING to do with your success. You don’t need to be motivated, you need to be dedicated. Do not confuse the two.