Q: What are some ways to stay motivated to lose weight for my wedding? I do great for a little while then I lose motivation!
You are not alone! A common misconception is that the wedding itself should be all the motivation one needs to lose weight. Most brides have access to the gym, diet plans that will work and, in general, know what it takes to lose weight for their wedding day. The missing ingredient in most cases is motivation, which must be a vital part of a bride’s diet and exercise plan. Before you start your wedding weight loss plan you must first identify healthy methods that will not only keep you motivated throughout your wedding planning, but will help you develop healthy habits to continue even after you exchange your vows. Follow these simple steps to help increase your motivation so that you will look fabulous and feel healthy while wearing your dream gown.
1. Identify specific goals, rewards, and consequences. Write down 2-3 small realistic goals for yourself per week or month and identify a reward once complete. For example, a manicure/pedicure, a special dinner date with a bridesmaid, a day at the beach with your maid of honor, or a weekend free of chores are all excellent rewards! In another column, identify a consequence for not reaching those goals. Challenge yourself! Think about something that you want to avoid at all costs and hold yourself accountable.
2. Make exercise non-negotiable. Everyday, we all make and attend work meetings and appointments with wedding vendors. Why not treat your daily exercise “meeting” the same way? Make some form of exercise a non-negotiable part of the day. Consider taking a brief walk at lunchtime, swapping a ride in the elevator for a trip up the stairs or enlisting a fellow bride in your workouts. Find a way to make exercise fun and you will keep the momentum. While completing your daily cardio, listen to your favorite music, read your new bridal magazine, or watch an enjoyable TV show or movie—you will be amazed at how much longer you can stay on the treadmill when your favorite program is on! Also, consider what type of exercises you are committing to and consider what types of exercise you most enjoy.
3. Revisit your past. Think back to your previous weight-loss attempts and identify what made you quit before? Was the diet too strict? Were you confused about what workouts to complete or short on time? Write out a list of these reasons and identify ways to overcome them. For example, if your diet is too strict, focus on incorporating more greens, whole grains, and lean proteins that are realistic into your daily life. If you’re busy, do shorter workouts but make that time a priority.
4. Get excited! Between wedding planning, a career and a variety of social commitments, it is easy to lose sight of the excitement surrounding your big day. Make a point every day to imagine yourself wearing that perfect gown and visualize the benefits of reaching your goals. Find inspiration from visualizing that special moment of walking down the aisle and keep up that positive attitude.
5. Listen to your body. Exercise boosts your energy levels, relieves stress, and helps keep your body chemicals in balance. Take a moment to stop and analyze how a new workout or healthy recipe affected your body. Did you sleep better? How was your mood? Remind yourself of these positive changes if you start losing motivation.
Lauren Taylor is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who is successfully working with clients across the country to reach their health and personal goals. She became a health coach to fulfill her passion for nutrition and offers individualized health and nutrition coaching programs. Visit www.yourhealthyeverafter.com to sign up for your free consultation or email Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org.