We all get into a little bit of a funk sometimes—or maybe a bit ol’ rut—where it’s really hard to muster the motivation to do the things we need to do (like, ahem, lose a few pounds). This is when it’s especially helpful to have some go-to tricks to inspire us and give us a little extra push in the right direction. We all have our own unique motivators, but I’ve been thinking lately about mine. Here’s a list of ways I motivate myself to get on track:
Follow Inspiring Instagrammers/ Snapchatters/ Vloggers
The people I draw inspiration from don’t need to have achieved their goals yet…in fact, I find a lot of inspiration from those at the start or in the middle of their journeys—those who are simply working toward a goal. The only real requirement I have for an inspiring account is, you must be able to admit to a bad day.
Watch Nutrition/Health-Centric Documentaries
Read Inspiring Books
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
In Defense of Food
Brain Over Binge
Women Food and God
Breaking Free from Emotional Eating
Feeding the Hungry Heart
When Food Is Love
The Gifts of Imperfection
The Power of Now
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The Happiness Project
Better than Before
Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life
It Was Me All Along
Eating in the Middle
Look at the Calendar
Nothing motivates me more than planning out my goals, and I do that best by pulling out my calendar. I plan the week ahead, set small goals, big goals (milestones), and use it as a progress tracker, too.
Make a Pinterest Board
A vision board of things that inspire you: people, clothing, healthy food, places you’d like to visit, quotes…
Buy Some Gear that’ll Make You Feel Good
This doesn’t have to cost much—I’ve been so happy with things from TJ Maxx and Marshalls—but I always feel more motivated to work out when I have something that fits well and makes me feel cute and confident. Another perk of liking those clothes is, I’m more likely to wear them, and once I put them on, I’m instantly eliminating one excuse not to exercise.
How do you motivate yourself?