How to stay motivated on the Healthy Mummy 12 Week Challenge
One of the most important points in successful weight loss is staying motivated – and knowing how to stay motivated day in day out.
The motivation that you have is what keeps you going and is what keeps you focused on your healthy eating and healthy lifestyle – and to succeed with your goals on the next Healthy Mummy 12 Week Challenge you will need to keep up your motivation.
In fact, one of the best ways to keep yourself on track is by creating your very own motivational board!
You can attach your 12 Week Pledge, your goals, images of people who inspire you, quotes to remember or even an outfit you may want to eventually fit into.
Scroll down to find how to make a motivational board and how it helped others smash their goals on the last 12 week challenge!
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Some days are harder than other as you work towards your healthier, happier life. It’s totally normal to have times when you struggle to work out, or miss a meal prep day and feel like things are getting on top of you.
But, the great news is that staying motivated can be made easier by creating a motivation board! To make your board as unique as you are, pin up articles that motivate you, images you love, quotes that inspire you and even a swimsuit that you really want to wear next summer.
Kirsty Whitehead can vouch for this. She lost a whopping 18.5 kilo and 72cm on the 12 Week Challenge!
And to help stay on track, Kirsty made a motivation board and she says she found it helped her stay focused.
“I have loved my motivation board. I have never used one before, I popped it on my kitchen door and it was a reminder when I walked through the door,” she says.
“I had three months to cross off. I had some favourite quotes and my pledge written. I even had a little peg counter. This was a powerful incentive to physically move the pegs from kilos shed.
“My kilos have been shed because I am not finding them again. I made this board very ‘Kirsty’ because again my challenge was a commitment to myself.”
Some helpful tips on how to make your own motivation board
1. Start with some research
Check out these beautiful boards, made by members of the Healthy Mummy community, and take some inspiration from them!
2. Get your thinking cap on
What types of things inspire you most? Inspirational sayings and quotes? Pictures of nature? People whose bodies, or parts of their bodies, you can aim for with your workouts? Special items of clothing? Gather a set of things that inspire you.
3. Get material
Would you like your board to be made from coloured cardboard, cork, whiteboard, felt? Choose where you’ll hang it so you know what size to get. Then think about the accessories you’d like to help make your board look amazing. Pegs, stickers, pins, ribbons, mini bunting and craft paper are all great for this. You’ll find them at Kmart, Spotlight or the Reject Shop.
4. Visualise yourself at your goal weight
This will keep you in a positive frame of mind as you work through creating your own board. Try asking yourself some questions about that. What will life be like for you and your family once you reach your goal? How does it feel to be there?
5. Keep it real
It’s your board, so keep it fun and real for your body. It’s probably not the best choice to have heaps of images of Kim Kardashian if you’re super tall and blonde.
6. Show your board off
Hang your board somewhere prominent so you can easily see it. Be proud of it – it’s a great reminder of the steps you’ve taken already, and of how close you are to your goals.
7. Stay on track
- Little pegs can be a great visual reference to help you keep track of kilos lost. You can make two lines – one on the top to show how many kilos you want to lose, and the bottom line showing how many you’ve already lost!
- Cross off every day you complete your exercises.
- Grab a little (non food related) reward every time you meet a milestone. This could be getting your nails done, buying some new trainers, or a date night at the movies.
Now you’re ready to get board building! Building a motivation board can be super simple, and doesn’t have to cost much either.
You can make one to help you start off your happier, healthier journey, or at any point along the way. And when it’s helping you smash your goals, you’ll be so glad you did it!
10 other amazing motivation tips
1. Have a goal in mind
Whether it be a monthly goal or a long term goal, create a mental picture of how you want your body to look, or even find a picture and stick it on the fridge – that way if you get tempted to have a binge the picture will be staring back at you!
2. Make a motivational board
See above on how to do this.
3. Reward yourself for every five kilos you lose
Not with food, but will a new handbag or facial, something that will make you feel special.
3. Don’t allow yourself to feel deprived
If there is a certain food you cannot live without, schedule it into you diet mid morning once or twice a week, that way you can burn it off throughout the day, and not feel guilty.
4. Have a ‘cheat meal’ ONCE a week
This gets some people through those first few weeks. Once your new healthy lifestyle becomes a habit – you will no longer need to call it a cheat meal, you will naturally allow yourself to give into your cravings occasionally.
5. Exercise with a buddy
Working out with a friend is not only more fun, but that way if you’re feeling lazy, you have someone to help you get moving again.
6. Walk your pet
If you have a pet, take them out for walks daily and you will both benefit from the movement and fresh air. Plus, researchers have found that having a dog is more likely to lower your risk of heart disease!
7. Sleep in your workout clothes
If you plan to train in the morning, you will feel more motivated to get up and go for that morning jog.
8. Plan meals in advance
Do all your shopping for the week on a Sunday or Monday including snacks, that way you will be less likely to opt for take away or fast food. The 12 Week Challenge can help with this.
9. Don’t quit if it takes time to see results
Slow and steady is the key to long term weight loss, creating a real healthy mummy! You can and will get there if you take it one day at a time.
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