As a personal trainer and an expert on weight loss exercises, I am often asked, do you have any tips on staying motivated? That’s the number one problem my gym members have when they want to lose weight for a BIG DAY. They ask me what are your secrets.
This is what I have to say on this problem.
One trick I use to stay on track is my ‘countdown calendar.’ I either use a desk or wall calendar or I type up a chart that shows a week per row with an open block of space for each day.
I start by marking the ‘BIG DAY’ date on the calendar. Then I start counting backwards from the deadline to the present day… T Minus 94 days… T Minus 93 days… and so on. I also write down what I will be training each day and what time. I also list my exercises to lose the weight. Most people say they start strong but lose motivation as they go along. I actually find myself getting more motivated and focused with each passing day as I see the deadline getting closer.
If you don’t quantify and feel the time pressure, it’s really easy to say, ‘I have plenty of time, so this one cheat meal doesn’t matter… it doesn’t make much difference at this point if I skip this one workout — I’ll have time to make it up.’ But it does matter.
When you read your goals every day and also use a countdown calendar, it’s a great way to give instructions to your subconscious mind.
That single tip could be the tipping point to help you finally go all the way and reach your weight lose exercises goals before your BIG DAY.
Think of this program as the beginning of a new lifestyle. You should be able to stick to your lose weight exercises, with no problems. Our lifestyles have to change or we will pay the price when we get older.
Try as hard as possible not to give up just because you don’t see results as quick as you hope. Patience is a virtue. The same way it took your body time to gain all that weight, think about it as the time your body will have to exert just to get rid of it. Stick to the weight loss program and you will lose weight.