If you’re trying to lose weight your probably also trying to find the answer to this question.
It’s even more difficult to do when you’ve got a chronic illness, like fibromyalgia, sapping all your energy and enthusiasm.
I know I lack motivation.
It’s something I’ve been trying to unlock the secret to.
It’s especially true for my diet.
Since my carer went on a low fat diet recently and lost a lot of weight. I’ve also cut back on saturated fat, cheese and cake.
Now I try to eat low fat alternatives, which is not always easy.
My body wants to eat snacks and other unhealthy food.
I asked my carer how he managed to stay motivated enough to only eat certain foods.
He said he eats enough at meal times to feel full up and only snacks on fruit and healthy alternatives, when he is hungry.
Once your mind is set on achieving a target weight it’s easier to get motivated to keep working towards it.
Regularly checking your weight and keeping up exercise which helps to keep the weight down.It’s obviously a formula that’s working for him.
But everyone is different and what works for one person is not necessarily going to help someone else.
You may remember my post about Keeping Positive and Motivated with Fibromyalgia from earlier in the year. I suggested a number of ways to reprogram the mindset, using positive thinking.
I read recently that the opposite is true for some people. Looking at things in a negative way motivates them more. Although I find it difficult to recommend using this technique to motivate, due to the downward spiral of thoughts it can trigger.
I have noticed that it has worked for me in the past. For instance the negative comments of others inspire me to prove them wrong. When someone says,
”You can’t achieve —————”.
”You’re be unable to complete ———“.
I will always prove them wrong and work really hard to achieve that target and surpass it.
Its a bit like us fibro warriors when we pretend to be well and not ill. We’re constantly striving to show we can do things, we want to engage in life and contribute.
To sum up, choosing the best way forward to motivate yourself is something that can be down to trial and error.
A period of experimentation could be helpful to find the way forward. Loosing weight is down to choosing the best motivational techniques for you.