17. Reward yourself
You can make it something as easy as treating yourself with a new purse with 5 lbs lost, a spa day with 10 lbs lost, or how about this idea: place a dollar in a jar for every time you exercise. It’s a fun way to reward yourself and stay motivated to workout at the same time. Think of this as your reward money to splurge on whatever you’d like!
18. Switch to a stand up desk
Most of us spend a lot of time in front of our computer, whether it’s just for a few hours a day at home, or perhaps a job that requires it. It’s a lifestyle that most of us can’t avoid, but if you can switch to a stand up desk you’ll naturally burn more calories every day and improve your posture and mood. It’s your lifestyle that really matters in your long term weight goals, and this is one way to be more active without changing your job or computer habits. To ease into the change, consider a tall chair so you can sit and stand throughout your day.
19. Exercise for reasons other than losing weight
Exercising consistently week after week can be hard if your only goal is weight loss. Believe me, the scale can lie! It doesn’t take into account your body composition (fat vs. muscle), and sometimes results can be slow. If you can remind yourself (maybe even make a list) of all of the other reasons why you exercise, you’re more likely to make it part of your life. Imagine yourself one or more years from now and how different you would look and feel with regular and consistent exercise vs. not exercising at all.
20. Wear more flattering workout clothes
Looking and feeling good goes a long way towards staying confident and motivated. If you have gym clothes that make you look and feel good about yourself, you’re more likely to keep a regular workout routine. And if you can afford it, get a makeover while you’re at it! Just because you are not at the weight you want to be now doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel your best. Building your confidence NOW will help you stay motivated and on track.
21. Stick reminders everywhere
Sticky Notes! I use these things all of the time as reminders. I stick them to my computer monitor to help remember tasks that I need to get done throughout the day, but they also work wonders in helping you stay motivated! Write inspirational quotes on them and place them in places that you visit often during the day such as your bathroom mirror, refrigerator, the snack cabinet, your desk, and so on.