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How to Get Motivated to Lose Weight

A year ago, I weighed 40 pounds more than I do now! I had stood in line, crying, at the store buying the biggest pants I had ever owned. And I thought what will it take, and how on earth do I get motivated to lose weight?

But here I am now, a year later, 40 pounds lighter, happier, healthier, and ready to keep going and lose 20 more pounds. How did I do it? Let me tell you how I got motivated to lose weight.

The first thing I had to do was stop telling myself I could never be thin! I would look at my “thin” friends and think how lucky they were.

But in talking with them I learned they worked hard to be thin. And several of my friends had been heavier like me and now they were looking hot and sexy. So I thought to myself, if they could do it, so could I.

The next big step was realizing that one piece of chocolate did not destroy my entire day. Or one bad day did not mean I had just gained 5 pounds. And if I got sick and could not workout for a day two it did not mean I had to start all over again.

Everyone has a bad day! It is so important to remember that, because you aren’t the only one and you won’t be the only one that gets back to it the next day and gets motived to lose weight again.

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Another important step is to understand that there are lots of little things you can do to cut calories. And once you start cutting a little here and a little there, the next thing you know, you have cut enough calories to lose that first pound. And once you lose the first pound, you will be motivated to lose another.

Something else I did that worked really well for me was to set up mini goals and reward myself when I reached them! For example, my first goal was to lose 5 pounds. When I did that I got to go out and buy myself a new shirt.

At 10 pounds I needed a new pair of pants, so that was my reward. So, right now set your first goal. Make it small and attainable. And make the reward small and inexpensive. As you lose more weight, the rewards can be bigger and a bit more expensive.

And my last tip is to change your way of thinking. Instead of focusing on all the reasons why you can’t lose weight, shift your focus to all the reasons you can and will lose weight. For example, change the statement, “I don’t have time to lose weight…” to “I will record my shows and get 30 minutes of exercise time in….”

You control your fate, and you control your weight, don’t ever forget that. Take the steps and tips I have given you and begin your journey of getting motivated, staying motivated and losing weight. And remember, little steps go a long way in the process of losing weight.

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