The most important question you can ask yourself before starting your weight loss journey is ‘Why’. It seems so simple but many people don’t bother to ask themselves this questions and never pinpoint their ‘Why’ factor. Why is it so important to ask yourself Why? It will help you Build Inner Motivation.
If you have a clear, attainable, and realistic answer to this questions, you are much more likely to stick to your fitness routine. You will put time into prepping your food, you’ll put time in at the gym, and you’ll motivate yourself to push that extra mile even when you want to give up. It will make a world of difference.
If you don’t know what your ‘Why’ is, chances are you will start a fitness routine and be able to stick with it for a few days, maybe even a few weeks, but if you don’t have that motivation to push you through, you will end up slipping up and quitting when the going gets tough. Losing weight takes a lot of effort, nobody is going to argue otherwise! You need to have the motivation to push through and reach your goals.
Pinpointing Your ‘Why’.
- First off, take a look at your fitness goals. Your motivation will depend on what your fitness goals look like. Do you want to lose 30 pounds? Do you want to do 50 pushups? Do you want to do 10 chinups?
- Is your goal to lose weight? If that’s the case, what will you gain by losing weight? More energy to play with your kids, a longer lifespan, a healthier body overall? Do you want to be accepted socially? Or maybe you are trying to attract attention from the opposite sex? How will weight loss benefit you.
- Maybe you are already at your goal weight and you are trying to bulk up and gain muscle, again ask yourself why. How will you benefit from more muscle mass? Why is muscle mass important to you? Health reasons? Physical appearances?
- Take a look at your goals and then ask yourself why do I want to look this way?
Write your ‘Why’ Down.
Everyone has heard the saying, ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.’ Writing your ‘why’ and your goals down on paper and keeping it visible will serve as a reminder to keep going. On the days when you are having a hard time pushing yourself to go to the gym that piece of paper will give you the push you need to hit the gym.
Writing down your ‘why’ will also help you form a concrete reason. Sometimes it may be hard to just visualize it. If you can write it out it will help you form your ‘why’ in a permanent form. Create a visual board of motivation with inspiring quotes, pictures, and rewards for when you hit goals.
Finding your ‘why’ may be the most important part of keeping up with your weight loss plan and successfully reaching your goals. If you have a strong enough reason for wanting to change your body, you can do it. Make sure you have your goals visible and keep reminding yourself that you can do it, and why you want to. It will keep you going when times get tough.
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