Focusing on what matters most to you can help you be successful on your weight loss journey, even when you meet challenges along the way. In order to make lifestyle changes to help you lose weight, you need to remember why you’re doing it. Think about what’s most important to you. Is it spending time with family? Being independent? Living a long life? Whatever your reasons, they can help drive you to keep working toward better health.
Weight loss is a process, and you will need to work hard to maintain your progress over time. You may not always feel as motivated as you did when you first began your journey. Whenever you feel your motivation dip, remind yourself of why you want to be healthy. Ask yourself:
- Who and what matter most to me?
- How do I want people to describe me?
- How do I define success in my life?
- What makes my life really worth living?
Think about how your life feels right now. Are you spending your time and energy on the people and activities that are most important to you? If quality time with people you care about is important to you, it may be easier to say “no” to tasty treats when you consider how losing weight may help you be more engaged with those close to you.
You may even want to write down your reasons and put them in a place where you’ll see them each day. When you're clear about what you want, you may find the drive to keep yourself on the path to better health.