Made the commitment to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle?
Good for you!
However, as you embark on the road to slimming down, there will be times when you will need some weight loss motivation to help you with your weight loss goals.
If you are wondering how to stay motivated to lose weight, try doing one of my favorite motivators.
Take a picture of yourself!
Having a picture of your body is great for weight loss motivation for two reasons. For one, a picture showing the heavier side of you will stop you from making excuses to not work out and to not eat the right kinds of foods.
Secondly, a picture can show the “problem areas” on your body that you want to improve like toning up your arms, getting a flatter belly, or losing backside fat.
So…let’s get that camera ready!
Here are my before and after pics where I was able to lose 15 pounds! I lost body fat overall, but I mainly lost inches around my arms, my belly, buttocks, and around my thighs.
P.S. Sorry for the 1st picture being cut off, but my sister CANNOT take a good photo-lol
Step 1. Get a loved one or a close friend to take some pictures of your body. Be sure to wear fitted clothing so you can see your form and take pictures showing all sides of your body (ex. front, side, back). If there are problem areas you wish to improve like losing belly fat, take closer pictures of that problem area. At the bottom of your photos, write the date and the words “Day 1.”
Step 2. Place your pictures somewhere where you can see them daily. The refrigerator, bathroom mirror, computer, or on the nightstand next to your bedside are great places to have pictures displaying the undesirable you. However, try not to let these pictures get you down. Remember, you are using these pictures for weight loss motivation so you can stop making excuses about losing weight.
Step 3. Seek out a weight loss program that’s designed to help sculpt and change your body in 30, 60, or in 90 days and be committed to the workouts. Fitness videos and DVD’s are great, but with a “weight loss program,” you get multiple exercise plans that will keep your workouts from getting boring and thus, prevent your body from hitting a weight loss plateau. Also, since many weight loss programs come with a meal plan, don’t forget to eat a balanced diet too.
Step 4. After 30 days, take another set of pictures of your body and place those “Day 30” pictures next to your “Day 1” pictures. If you have been consistent with your weight loss program and have been eating a balanced diet, you should start to see a change in your body and see a change on the scale. Continue with your weight loss program and balanced diet. If you ever need some weight loss motivation, all you have to do is compare your “Day 1” and “Day 30” as proof that you are making progress.
Step 5. At 60 days, take more pictures of yourself. Again, if you have been consistent on your weight loss program and have been eating a balanced diet, you should see right before your eyes how your body is transforming into the body of your dreams! Mark your new pictures as “Day 60” and once more, compare your pictures from “Day 1” whenever you need weight loss motivation. If your weight loss program was only for 60 days and you finished, GOOD FOR YOU! If you have another 30 days to go don’t give up because you are almost at the finished line.
Step 6. Completed the 90 days on your weight loss program? CONGRATULATIONS! Take another set of pictures of your body labeling them “Day 90” and I guarantee your jaw will drop! After being consistent working out and eating right for 90 days straight, you should have developed this as a habit that’s part of a healthy lifestyle. Continue to keep up these good habits and you will be one of the few dieters who will be successful at keeping the weight off long term.
If you ever find yourself reverting back to the old habits that made you overweight in the first place, just simply look back at your “Day 1” pictures.
Aren’t these pictures great for weight loss motivation?
Well…after achieving your desired body, you can now use these pictures for “weight maintenance” motivation.