One of the biggest challenges people face when trying to make positive changes in life is experiencing a lack of motivation.  So many people want to make healthy choices and get their life on track, but get discouraged by past failures and make poor decisions.  We’ve all experienced a lack of motivation at some point in life, and although there is no way to 100% eliminate this problem, there are some things that can be extremely helpful when apathetic, self-sabotaging thoughts begin to set in.

Set yourself up for success

If you are serious about eating better, then commit to a pantry clean out that eliminates all processed food and sugary beverages. Surround yourself with the types of food you want to be eating, and eliminate the foods you want to stay away from.  If you are surrounded by foods that tempt you, you are already setting yourself up for failure. On the other hand, if you surround yourself with healthful foods that you know you want to be eating, the chances are much better that you will make a good choice

Connect to your why

Motivation often comes from being in touch with why this is important.  What are the biggest motivating factors driving you to want to lose weight or eat better? How important is this to you?  People have all sorts of good reasons for wanting to eat well and lose weight- from health, to athletic performance, setting a good example for loved ones or simply wanting to look and feel better.  Take some time to reflect on what is important and why.

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Be accountable

Find a method of accountability that works best for you.  Is there someone in your life that can cheer you on and remind you of your goals? Knowing you are not going at this alone can be the factor that gets the ball rolling in regards to changing your mindset.  Telling other people about your intentions to lose weight, eat better etc has been shown to boost success because now there is some accountability.

Adjust your expectations

Would you rather climb a mountain or a molehill? Don’t put the bar so high that you are defeated before you even begin.  Make a goal for yourself that is realistic and relative for where you are right now. This means making an honest assessment of current dieting patterns and pinpointing some small changes that can be implemented right away.  If you are eating junk food and drinking sugary beverages most days of the week, consider making a small change such as cutting out soda. Small changes are crucial for motivation because it provides a taste of success.

Implementing these changes can help to change the apathetic mind and rewire it for motivation and success!

Leave a comment below to let us know how it goes, and what works for you when you experience a lack of motivation.


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