Whenever we decide to make any positive change in our life, that rush we get at the beginning is powerful; we are really committed this time, and get all excited. Things go great for a bit, but then that enthusiasm wanes. Our bad habits start to take over. We do not feel as capable or willing to do what is needed. Our goals start to fall by the wayside, and before we know it, we are right back where we started. This can happen with anything, but we are particularly prone to this problem when it comes to losing weight. We have so much muck to work though from bad habits to poor self-image; we are impatient. All of these issues zap motivation and we find ourselves at the tail end of another ‘’failed’’ attempt to shed those extra pounds.

Take Advantage of the Internet for Support

While the internet gets a bad rap in many ways, it is a powerful way to connect with like-minded people, no matter what your situation. You will find no shortage of Facebook pages, websites, forums and the like where people all on the same weight loss journey can connect. It is a great way to get support and advice; you can vent your frustrations and hear from people who understand exactly what you are going through.  I have benefitted tremendously from connecting with online communities in dealing with many challenges in my life, from health to family issues. We often look at connecting online as some sort of ‘’artificial’’ connection, but it is not always like that. Many interactions can be quite meaningful and helpful for people.

Get a Solid Exercise Routine Together

Haphazard exercise routines do not fit well into a weight loss plan. Cardio is pretty simple—you hit the treadmill or go for a jog. Not much to master there. But, when it comes to other types of exercise, such as strength training, having a solid routine in place where you know you are doing effective exercises correctly will motivate you to keep up with them. Strength training builds muscle and the more muscle you have, the more calories your body burns 24/7. Research routines online and look at videos on how to perform them. Consider hiring a personal trainer for at least a few sessions; he will put together a good workout for you, and teach you proper form. If you can afford to work with one all the time, that would be a worthy investment.

Clearly Define Why You Want to Lose Weight

When it comes to losing weight, the ultimate aims are improving our appearance and health. But, why we want those things exactly is much more nuanced. We all have our own personal drivers. When it comes to achieving this goal, it is crucial to identify yours. It is not enough to say you want to be healthier—why do you want to be healthier? Are you sick of the cycle of guilt and self-loathing? Are you concerned your health is affecting your parenting ability or your relationship with your children? Have you suffered a health scare and want to keep things from getting worse?  List out all the reasons you want to lose that weight, and keep asking why, until you cannot go any deeper.

About the Author: Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who enjoys blogging about all things health and wellness.

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