Having a positive mental attitude is key to keeping your motivation. It’s a fact of life, positive people tend to have more successes in life, they tend to be happier, more fulfilled and worry less. With the right positive attitude, your chances of succeeding greatly increases. You have to pay as much attention to what’s going on in your head as what’s on your plate. Like they say in tennis, it is 80% mental, 20% skill. So how can we stay positive at such as a daunting task?
Here are a few things you can try:
1) Small victories
Set up small short term goals that are easy to achieve. Examples can be: For one meal, do not eat meat. Or, for one day, exercise at least 5 minutes longer than the previous day. You get the idea. By setting up super short term, easily achievable goals, you can celebrate more often and feel good about making progress.
2) Try easier, not harder.
Remember that this is something you WANT to do, not something you HAVE to do. No one is forcing you to lose weight, you are doing it on your own volition. So why make it so hard? If exercising three times a week is too hard, then try doing it twice. If that is too hard, then try doing it only once a week. Either way you are doing something good for yourself and you should feel good while doing it. Trying easier would make the process much more painless, and in doing so more likely to allow you to stay positive about the experience.
3) Support group
Finding support from other people can also help to keep you motivated. Having other people just knowing you are on a diet makes it feel like you are not doing this alone. See more on a weight loss motivation via support system here.
So keep your head up and spirits high, and remember that attitude is half the battle.