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The importance of tangible, motivational weight loss tools

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010

Congratulations!  You have decided that you are going to take control of your weight.  You have hopefully already ordered your Liquid Amino Diet Kit and have maybe already started on the diet.  But maybe now that you have started you are feeling like you have gotten in a little bit over your head.  Maybe all this weight loss business is not for you now that you still have to deal with kids, spouses, job, carpool, the list goes on.   Maybe you are finding that the motivation you once had is waning.  You need a few tangible motivational goals!

It is hard to recapture where you were mentally when you initially set your weight loss goals.  When you are in the thick of any diet, those days of positive thinking and determination may seem very far from your reach.  By creating hard, tangible, physical reminders of the moment of decision, you can recapture your feelings of positivity and determination when you need them the most.

Here are some examples of the kinds of tangible motivational weight loss tools that you can turn to when you feel like you might not be able to get through the day:

Examples of motivational weight loss tools

  • Cut out a few pictures of beautiful, thin bodies you can imagine yourself having one day.  Use these clippings as a reminder of your desire to be healthier and make sure to place them in spots that are places of temptation (i.e.: the refrigerator or pantry door, on your dashboard, etc.)
  • Put a less than flattering pictures of yourself on your bathroom mirror as a reminder that you are working towards improving yourself and moving away from the unhealthy person that you were in that picture.  Straying from your diet just pushes you back closer to the place that you do not want to be.
  • Keep a picture of yourself that you are happy with in a visible place you will see throughout the day.  Maybe it was a picture of you in college or high school.  These pictures serve as reminders of a real body type that you are capable of getting back to if you continue to put forth the effort.
  • Many people have a pair of jeans that they buy or pull out of the back of their closet to serve as their tangible weight loss goal.  Envisioning how great you will look once you have worked to be able to get into those jeans can be a powerful motivator.
  • Having something that serves as a reminder of how awful it feels to be out of shape or how great you feel when you are looking your best can be great ways to tap into the power of both tangible and emotional motivators.  For example, maybe you have a Christmas card from a co-worker who constantly brings you down because of your weight; you may be motivated to cause that co-worker to do a double take once you are looking hot again.  Or maybe you have a note of encouragement from a friend or family member that you can gain strength from when you are tempted to stray from your diet.
  • Supportive people are perhaps the strongest of all tangible motivational tools because they can provide you with advice and encouragement that is specific to the current need.  Additionally, when the approval of those whom you trust and look up to is on the line, it becomes harder to cheat on your diet because you know that in doing so you will not only let yourself down, but you will also disappoint those whose opinions you care about most.  If you could use a few more support people we highly encourage you to use our amino diet facebook page and the wonderful people there.  They are going through the same thing you are to reach their own goals.  Post there often!
  • Come up with your own!  You know yourself better than anyone else and you know what really will motivate you.  The important point we want you to remember is that having something tangible to remind you to stay strong is a fantastic tool to helping you to reach your ultimate weight goals.

Creating tangible motivational weight loss tools for yourself is something that is best to start doing before beginning your diet.  However, it is never too late to come up with a new strategy for how you will keep yourself motivated to stick to your weight loss goals.

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