Stay connected to the Plan with these strategies.
If you find yourself drifting off Plan (summer has a way of doing that sometimes), you are not alone. Everyone disconnects at some point. Motivational speaker Jeff Keller agrees that staying on track can be tough. “No matter the task, there’s often some obstacle or temptation to keep us from our goal,” says Keller. “That’s why it’s so important to stay positive.”
Here’s how to stay focused on your goals (with a little help from Weight Watchers tools!).
Focus on the here and now
As long as you’re committed to your plan today, you’re succeeding because you’re taking charge of your life. Focusing on goals that are far in the future can sap motivation.
Change your language
Keller suggests scratching negative phrases from your vocabulary. Instead of saying "No,” “I can’t” or “I’ll try,” substitute the positive. Say: “Yes,” “I can” and “I will.” For example, instead of saying, “I won’t overeat” or “I mustn’t have chocolate,” say “I will track my food and stay within my budget.”
Create visual inspiration
Find a photo of yourself before you started your weight-loss plan. Tack it on the refrigerator, a bedroom or bathroom mirror or inside the food cupboard. As you reach new goals, take new pictures, visually marking your progress.
Although the number on the scale isn’t the only way to measure success, weighing in every week at your meeting can help to keep you accountable. Get a healthy perspective on how far you’ve come by reviewing your Progress Reports.
Exercising with friends is always more enjoyable. Schedule days to meet with your workout buddy, and if one of you tries to bow out, act as the other’s conscience. Participating in a Community fitness Challenge is another way to stay connected and get inspired.
Take it by the week
Attending a meeting – even when you’re on vacation – can help you connect with likeminded members for encouragement and even a gentle nudge if needed; if you’re away from home, try our Find a Meeting tool.
Be the boss of your world
Make sure that your desk at work, your kitchen at home, and the other places you live in are helping, not hindering, your efforts. Use our Spaces tool to see how to bring in the good stuff (all that summer fruit, for one thing!) and banish the not-so-helpful stuff.
Set mini goals (and celebrate yourself!)
When long-term goals seem far away, downsize them. Making it to the gym twice this week counts; so does choosing a fruit or veg for each of today’s meals and snacks. When you’ve reached a goal (and remember to keep them small), treat yourself for your commitment and hard work. You deserve it. Buy new clothes, a book or CD, get a massage – just do something that makes you feel good about you.
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