Health, The Good Life
If you started a new diet or fitness program last month – you experienced the excitement of the first glimpse of muscle definition or seeing the first few pounds come off. But it’s now February, you can’t look at another salad, you’re looking for an excuse to skip that workout, and you’re haunted by this dispiriting thought: I’m going to have to do this for the rest of my life! This called motivation fatigue and here are some tips on how to fight it.
Divide and Conquer
Instead of concentrating on your ultimate goal, which can seem very far off, make a short-term goal like skipping your late-night snack. By keeping your focus short term, you can get that sense of achievement sooner rather than later.
Have a Visual Gimmick
Get out that pair of too-tight jeans and move them to the front of the closet. Every morning, when you go to pick out your clothes for the day, you’ll see the jeans hanging there waiting for you. Not only will you see this image when it’s right in front of you, you’ll see it when you’re deciding whether to head for the gym or play hooky.
Praise Your Own Achievements
When you do something great – like an extra workout — give yourself a pat on the back. Literally. Say, “Good job! I knew you could do it!” It sounds hokey, but if you take the time to praise your own positive behavior, you can reinforce it.