Healthy Hack #11: How to Stay Committed & Not Give Up

About Healthy Hacks

As you may already know if you have been following me, I made a decision that changed my life. I decided to escape from my lifelong obesity and to lose over 100 pounds in under a year.

My results significantly exceeded my expectations and I lost 100 pound in 9 months, 120 in the first year and am still going strong – 130+ pounds in 16 months to-date. The pinnacle of my journey so far was completing my first half marathon just 16 months after weighing in at 325 pounds!

Throughout my fitness journey I have been repeatedly asked the same question: what’s your secret?

While there is no true “secret” to successful weight loss there are some techniques that worked well for me. I am going to share these techniques with you through this Healthy Hacks series in the Operation Melt blog.

Please read on because I am confident that these hacks can become the “secret” to your success with your own health & fitness journey.

How to Stay Committed and Not Give Up

We are officially 2 weeks into the new year so how are you doing with your 2019 goals? Are you staying the course and making progress or have you already starting giving yourself permission to lose focus? That certainly isn’t the way to succeed.

As you get deeper into your journey and your resolve starts to get shaky you need some strategies to help you stay committed. With the right reminders and techniques you can keep yourself on track and not risk giving up on your important goals. And these strategies don’t just apply to fitness goals either, you can apply them to all of your goals.

Reason

The top strategy to staying committed is to remind yourself of why you started in the first place.

When you started your journey, if you followed my tips, you wrote down not only your goal but your “why” too. Your “why” is essentially your business case for taking on this project and it needs to be compelling. The more important your “why” is to you the more motivational it will be when the going gets tough.

When you start considering giving up on your goal or start feeling your focus fading go back and read what you wrote when you started. Remind yourself about why this journey was important enough to you that you wanted to do it. By doing this you can refocus yourself and get back on track.

Results

If you are anything like me results are a big motivator for you. I call it a success snowball… you get started and make some progress. The progress becomes a motivator and causes you to make more progress and the effect keeps compounding.

When you start feeling your focus fade and you are considering giving up pause to look at what you have accomplished. Look at where you started and where you are now and see how you are beginning to experience success. That reflection on your accomplishments may be enough to get you over this hump.

I can tell you that this was a big part of my success. I continued to look back and look at the data I was tracking and saw progress happening nearly every day. That was enough to keep me going sometimes particularly when people started noticing my changes.

Research

My final strategy for keeping focused on your goals is to continually research ideas and information.

Go online and to other sources to further immerse yourself in them through research. Spend time every day learning more about your journey and ways to improve how you are performing. Look for sources of inspiration, knowledge, challenges and anything else that keeps it interesting. Even talking to people about their fitness routines, suggestions and journeys can be motivating.

No matter the technique you choose you need to find some things that work for you the refocus you on your goals as you start to fade. By finding ways to remind yourself why you started, reflecting on your results and researching new ideas you can keep it interesting and motivating. You can do this and you can be successful!

Thanks for reading and good luck with your goals – but you don’t need luck because you have a plan and you’re on this, right?! Check back next week for another hack.