Tips for staying motivated while losing weight
This is a guest post written by Maggie Smith of Dexter’s Super Savvy Mommy. Maggie was part of Shaklee Corporation’s Team #Cinchspiration campaign and is now the Shaklee 180™ blogger spokesperson. Maggie received free products, online support and incentives for participating.
While I was driving in my car, I read a sign that said 180 miles to some city I hadn’t heard of before. I smiled a smile so big that it nearly hurt my face. I smiled because now, to me, 180 is more than just a number–it is my lifestyle. You see, last summer I started my weight-loss journey with Shaklee 180™. Today I am more than 40 pounds* lighter and I have a newfound confidence.
I struggled with my weight throughout my 20s. Once I hit 30 I made it a point to get healthier. I lost a few pounds here and there but nothing really worked. In May of 2012, I took command of my problem and I applied to be a Shaklee 180™ blogger. I was floored to discover, a month later, that I was chosen! WOW, finally someone believed in me and knew I could do this once and for all. I am bound and determined to enjoy my 30-year-old body by biking, hiking, and pushing my physical limits. I deserve it, and quite frankly, so do my kids.
As a mother of two young boys, most days I have very little time for myself. Shaklee must have had me in mind when they developed Shaklee 180™ because it is simple, effective, and just what this busy mom needs. When I have to get my son out the door for school, I usually have very little time to make myself something to eat. Being able to grab a Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Meal–in-a-Bar and a cup of black coffee is fast, convenient, and healthy. To me, nothing tastes better in the morning. I am losing inches with Shaklee 180™ and it is written all over my face.
Staying motivated to lose weight isn’t easy. However, when your heart wants what your body needs, I think it makes it easier. Here are some ways that I stay motivated with my weight loss:
- 1. I try to drink 8-10 glasses of water each day. I do this not only to keep hydrated but also because water helps satiate your appetite so you’ll feel fuller with fewer calories.
- 2. Another thing I do, some may call quirky, is brush my teeth directly after dinner. I do think nothing tastes good when you have a minty mouth, so I don’t eat or drink anything else until bedtime. Nighttime snacking can get the best of us and this is the easiest way to combat that (besides going right to bed!)
- 3. My last trick is to keep a “trophy” dress or pair of pants that I really want to wear. I try them on every couple of weeks. Soon enough, I will be wearing them and needing a new “trophy.”
Thanks for reading! Please share any of your tips for staying motivated in the comments section below.
*Results and experiences from the Shaklee 180 Program are unique for each person, so results may vary. People following the weight loss portion of the Shaklee 180 program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds a week.