Ready to commit to your health goals once and for all? These weight loss motivation tips will help get you there!
Ever feel like you’re dragging your feet when it comes to making the choice to lose weight and get healthy? Maybe you’re worried that you won’t stick with it, or it will be too hard, or that the next thing you try will just be one more thing that doesn’t work, so why bother?
So, you’re listening and learning and pondering…but you’re still not quite sure you’re ready to commit. Finding the motivation to lose weight can be a challenge!
If you can relate, you’re definitely NOT alone! And today, we’re talking with Rachel Elmore, who can vouch for just that.
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So, how did she get over that hurdle? When did she know she was ready to commit? Let’s find out.
How to find (and commit) to your motivation for weight loss
An OG fan and follower of Thinlicious and our other brands, Rachel bit the bullet and bought the 28-Day Metabolism Reset the day it came out…but then nothing. Because, just like so many of us, she was a little reluctant to actually get started.
She was nervous about the low-carb aspect and not really sure she wanted to go all in. It took her a little while to actually commit, but once she remembered her weight loss motivation, the momentum started to build and build!
Thankfully, Rachel finally had the breakthrough she needed, and her commitment to herself was born. And through that, she was back in control of her thoughts, emotions, and eating habits.
She also lost 25 pounds after years of struggle!
So, how’d she do it?
Rachel used the 28-Day Metabolism Reset to her advantage and checked in with herself daily for accountability, motivation for weight loss, and encouragement.
In this blog post, we will share Rachel’s success story and provide you with the tips and tools you need to find your own motivation for weight loss, so you can start your journey to a healthier and happier lifestyle!
Why is it so hard to lose weight?
It’s no secret that weight loss can be a difficult journey. We face many obstacles and setbacks along the way, which is why it’s so important to find your motivation for weight loss & commit to it!
When we struggle with motivation, we tend to give up quickly because it feels like too much effort or is too hard. This is especially true if there is no support or resources.
For instance, think back to 10 years ago. You had to gather information from various sources to find a sustainable approach. The Yo-Yo cycle was all too familiar – lose weight, gain more, lose weight again, only to gain it back. It was frustrating and confusing, and you wondered how it happened.
It’s enough to make you lose your confidence!
Rachel understands what it’s like to hit a roadblock when trying to lose weight.
She shared, “I’ve never been a skinny girl, even when I was a kid. I was always average, sometimes slightly chunky. I’ve never been big, but I’ve never been skinny either, just average. And you know what? I didn’t want it to stay that way after having my last child. That stubborn belly just wouldn’t go away. I felt overwhelmed with information on how to make it disappear, and it paralyzed me into doing nothing.”
Most of us can certainly relate!
Expectations vs. reality: what’s really possible when it comes to weight loss
Besides the overwhelming information out there, it’s really hard to commit to something that constantly contradicts itself. You can be skimming social media and come across an article that says one thing while another tells you to do the opposite.
It’s no wonder why Rachel was hesitant to commit to her own weight loss journey!
In our society, we all have expectations for ourselves that may not be realistic or sustainable in the long run. We want drastic results with minimal effort — and this simply isn’t possible when it comes to losing weight.
We often expect instant success or give up too quickly if things don’t go perfectly. But that’s not practical or helpful.
Have you ever joked with your friends about losing 50 pounds by the weekend? Yeah… that’s not a real thing.
Think of weight loss as a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time and commitment to develop healthy habits that will become your new lifestyle.
Tips to stay motivated on your weight loss journey
Finding motivation for weight loss can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Here are some tips that Rachel used to stay motivated:
Determine WHY you want to lose weight
Your “why” is your number one source of motivation and can help you stay on track. It should be something that resonates deeply with you and will keep you going when the going gets tough.
Here are some examples:
- You want to feel stronger & have more energy for yourself and your family.
- You want to look in the mirror and feel proud of what you see.
- You want to improve your overall health so that you can enjoy life for many years to come.
Just ask yourself: where does your weight loss motivation come from? What drives it?
Plan, plan, and plan
When we asked Rachel what her biggest hack was to stay committed and motivated during the week, she shared that planning out her meals and workouts ahead of time was key.
It takes the guesswork out of what you should be eating and doing each day, which helps reduce stress and makes it easier to stick with your goals.
Rachel says, “Planning meals can be a game-changer. While I used to resist the idea, I now realize its benefits. Although I’m not a super organized meal planner, I’ve gotten much better at it.
Sure, we don’t have as much variety as I’d like, but at least I know what we have in the house. Actually, I’ve started to check out the Thinlicious blog to bring a new variety of recipes into my meal prep!
And hey, I still spoil the kids with their favorite treats like Oreos and macaroni and cheese. However, I’ve made a decision to no longer bring in tempting goodies like Ben and Jerry’s pints.
Overall, meal planning has made life easier and helped us stay on track!”
Rachel’s favorite ways to meal prep
The best part is I can make it in so many different ways. I can keep it simple and plain or get creative with different crusts like almond flour. And let me tell you; it’s absolutely fabulous.
I like to mix in some melted chocolate peanut butter for extra flavor. I also add some fruit, whether it’s fresh or cooked down into a jam. Oh, and have you tried adding Magic Spoon cereal? It’s a great addition to the cheesecake fluff.”
Keep a weight loss journal
Writing your goals down helps to put them into perspective and can help you stay on track with your weight loss motivation. Plus, it’s a great way to celebrate small victories and track your progress.
At the end of each week, take a few moments to reflect on how far you’ve come and what progress you’ve made. This can be anything from cutting out sugar for a week or increasing your water intake.
This is also a great spot to keep a log of your weight and measurements (if that is something you want to keep track of).
Take photos of yourself
This is a great way to track progress and stay committed!
You don’t have to go full front-on mirror selfie if you don’t want to, but it can be beneficial to take photos of yourself in the same clothes or same location every few weeks so that you can document your progress.
It’s also helpful to take note of the changes in your body composition and how you feel when you look at the photos.
Rachel actually just showed us some pictures of a recent family trip she went on where she wore a super cute bathing suit! She told us, “I felt so comfortable in that bathing suit. I was so happy. I could not believe it.”
Find an accountability buddy
Having someone who can support you and encourage you along the way is really important. An accountability buddy can help to keep you on track and motivated when times get tough.
This could be a friend, family member, or even an online community. A supportive community can be very helpful in providing encouragement throughout your journey!
Not sure where to start? Try our ultra-friendly and helpful Thinlicious Facebook group!
We recently took some time to ask Rachel some questions about her weight loss journey, going through the 28-Day Reset, and how she stayed motivated. We wanted to share them with you in case you were having the same questions yourselves!
What really kept you from jumpstarting the program at the beginning?
“When Ruth finally sent out the 28-Day Reset, I thought, “Oh, it’s like keto.”
At first, I wasn’t sure because I had the impression that keto was all about meat, cheese, and bacon. But here’s the thing – I actually love vegetables. I’m that weirdo who would choose a salad over a steak any day. But hey, I can still add steak to my salad, right?
So when I read through the reset, I realized I can eat kale and broccoli, which is awesome. I decided to give it a try!”
Once you figured out what you can eat, did you fully commit to losing weight?
“When I first started my journey, I took it slow. I wanted to make sure I understood what I needed to do. After reading and rereading everything countless times, I even spent extra time at the grocery store reading labels. It was eye-opening to see the unhealthy foods I had been eating!
So I eased into it, starting with tracking my food intake. Tracking was the most important thing for me because it helped me stay aware of what and how much I was eating.
I didn’t focus on testing my glucose or ketones because I wanted to prioritize paying attention to my eating habits. In the end, I didn’t need to rely on measurements to see progress. It worked for me, and I’m happy with the results.”
Have your goals changed at all since you started?
“I’ve made some changes to my eating habits to avoid belly fat. It’s become a regular routine for me and has helped me stay on track.
I’ve started adding more healthy carbs to my diet, but I’m careful to choose the good ones. I still enjoy the occasional dessert, but I don’t eat as much as before because I’m focusing on filling up on protein, fats, and carbs that my body needs.
It’s important to me because I want to stay healthy and be there for my six-year-old son as he grows up. I don’t want people mistaking him for my grandson, so I’m taking steps to maintain my health and appearance.”
Do you mind sharing your progress and results since you’ve committed to your weight loss?
“Yes. For me, the number on the scale isn’t the be-all and end-all. It’s more about how I feel and how my body is changing. But, with that said, I’ve actually lost 25 pounds!
Here’s the thing, though, I didn’t really have a specific target weight in mind. I was a bit unsure about where I should be at. But I thought maybe losing between 25 to 35 pounds would be a good range. So, I’ve been working towards that. I’ve been hovering around 144 to 146 pounds for about three months now, so I’m not quite sure if I’ve reached my ultimate goal yet.
However, my measurements have definitely improved!
My hips have shrunk by seven to eight inches, my waist has slimmed down by five inches, and my bust has reduced by six inches. These results are really encouraging, and I might have reached my desired weight without even realizing it.”
What advice would you give someone who’s just starting out on their Thinlicious journey?
“When I first started, I was worried about doing things correctly and following all the steps. But here’s the thing: you might never get all the steps right, and that’s okay.
The key is to keep a list of things you can eat and learn from any mistakes you make. If you eat something you shouldn’t have, don’t beat yourself up over it. Just try again the next day and avoid making the same mistake.
Once you gain knowledge and understanding, you can move forward in a better way.”
What do you know now that you wish you would’ve known when you started?
“Looking back, I wish I had known that this journey is all about getting to know yourself better. Paying attention to what you already know about yourself or what you’re learning about yourself is crucial.
For example, I knew from the beginning that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everything. I wouldn’t remember to test my blood sugar or weigh myself daily if I was focused on tracking every single food item. So instead, I would weigh myself once a week, making sure that I prioritized tracking my food intake.
Everyone is different, and it’s important to figure out what works for you. If you struggle with testing your blood glucose levels, prioritize that. If you can’t remember everything, choose the most important thing for you to focus on.
The key is to know your strengths and limitations.“
If you found this post helpful, you’ll love the podcast where we interview Rachel. Check out the Ditch the Carbs Podcast here!
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