How to stick to the plan without going off the rails

The journey to a healthier you can be a tough one. Every so often we need some motivation to keep us going, so here are a few of my go-to tips …

Weight loss is a serious task that not everyone around you will take as seriously as you do

That is why it is so important to be your own cheerleader for those times when the cake call is too strong to resist. I’ve had my share of weight loss hurdles to hop over since embarking on my health mission, but I found ways to stay motivated along the way.

Here are a few ways that you can stick to the plan without going off the rails:

Keep track of your progress

I don’t believe in weighing yourself too regularly, but I am a firm believer in the power of the tape measure.

When you measure your progress by way of monitoring centimetres lost rather than obsessing about the scale, your chance of losing (weight) is higher.


I’ve tested this theory myself and although I know that I have lost weight, I can’t tell you how much I’ve lost because I ignore the scale. What I can tell you is that I’m down a whole lot of centimetres and my clothes fit really well again.

When you keep a written record of your progress, you have something tangible to look back on when you start to feel discouraged. It is a great motivator to add up how many centimetres you’ve lost over a few weeks.

When you measure your progress by way of monitoring centimetres lost rather than obsessing about the scale, your chance of losing (weight) is higher

Cheer yourself on

Every now and then you get despondent when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and you aren’t a size 32 yet. Relax: when you focus so much energy on the negatives that you see, you miss all the amazing progress that you have made!


Instead of noticing your flaws, celebrate what you have achieved.
You might have amazing biceps now from lifting weights, or your waist could be so much smaller, thanks to careful eating habits. Celebrate the positives that comes from a weight-loss journey.

Speaking of lifting

Another thing that I find is a great motivator for me when I feel a bit down is to lift the weight I have lost. Yes, pick up however many kilograms that you have lost in the gym to get a feeling for what you really have achieved.


Picking up 10kg dumb-bells will really give you a sense of how much you have accomplished on your weight-loss mission. Especially when you consider that all that weight used to be on your body.

There you have it: my top three go-to motivators for when the blues strike.

Good luck!

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Until next time.



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