A lot of people ask me “how do you stay motivated if you don’t see the scale changing”.
I will try to keep it short because this is a subject that sends me talking forever, lol.
First things first…just because the scale is not moving, does not mean your body is not changing. There are what we call “non scale victories”. For example, pants being looser, rings on your fingers being looser, noticing size of stomach getting smaller, curves starting to show. Anything. Just because you don’t see the number n the scale getting lower, does not mean you are not making progress.
I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have days or moments when I get discouraged.
I’ve been on my journey for a few years now, and it still happens. Those moments where I feel like I’m working so hard in the gym, eating so healthy and I’m just not losing.
So what do I do? I change up my routine in the gym. I add an extra 10-20 min of cardio to my workout at the end, and lift lighter for more reps.
Changing up your workout is important. You cant expect to do the same thing every single day for months on end, and always see progress.. eventually your body will get used to it.
Then, change up what you are eating. Eliminate something or replace something. For instance, I like to really eat my main carb with dinner. I stopped doing that and switched my sweet potatoes to my lunch, and noticed a difference. You would be very surprised what a difference small changed can make.
Also, (and I meant this in the nicest way possible)….
Make sue you are not lying to yourself. Are you really eating extremely healthy?
Could you be sneaking in a few cookies here and there, or eating bigger portions?
Maybe try to 2 weeks to write down everything you eat, and the calories it is. Total it up at night and really see that you may not be eating as healthy as you thought you would.
Last but not least, always remember this is a process. You did not gain all your weight in a week, so you will not lose it in a week. There are zero quick fixes to natural weight loss. It takes time. Months, even YEARS. Yes years. Its taken me y ears and im still going. So imagine how discouraged I might get. But I keep in mind that I have come so far. And if I had given up any of those times I would not be here today. I wouldn’t be down almost 200 lbs. I wouldn’t be writing a motivational blog to people trying to lose weight. I have gained so much knowledge in this experience, and I am always happy to help anyone who is truly committed to the process.
Weight loss is a personal journey, a personal commitment you are making with yourself, for yourself.
Don’t give u p, no matter how many times you get discouraged. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. I promise you. Im living proof.