17 Ways to motivate yourself

1. Love and appreciation

Love inspires motivation and motivation feeds appreciation.
Loving yourself motivates you to appreciate our body and all the things that it can do. Appreciation for the body improves body image and appreciation for body image leads to motivation.

2. Mindfulness

As discussed above, mindfulness is key for success. Being mindful ensures that you are aware of your “why”, the reason for starting your Muay Thai journey, and are dedicated to making good choices that support your ultimate goal.
Mindfulness also keeps you aware throughout the process: food choices, social settings, and process/progress.

3. Be committed

Motivation for weight loss will suffer if you are not committed. Making a public commitment will help hold you accountable and enhance motivation.

4. Get a mentor/ Accountability partner

Having a mentor and/or an accountability partner will help with motivation. Having someone that inspires you and believes in you will boost motivation.

5. Animals help motivate

Getting a dog will increase movement. Dogs have to go outside and play. A dog can be an accountability partner!
Not only will they make you move, they are awesome support beings.

6. Goal setting

You know your “why” and now you’re ready to get started. What are your goals? Are they realistic?
An average of 2 pounds a week is normal and healthy weight loss. Setting goals like “I plan on losing 15 pounds in a week” will result in lack of motivation at the end of the week.

7. Pace yourself

The Muay Thai journey is a lifestyle transformation journey.
This doesn’t happen within a few days. Habits take time to break and take time to make. Don’t lose hope!

8. Perfection doesn’t exist and set backs will happen

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Be patient and love yourself through this process. This isn’t an easy journey. Expect a few set backs as you transition and get into the groove.

9. Don’t set your eyes on the end, set them on each day

What I mean is, focus on the journey, not the end goal.
If you are trying to lose 50 pounds, or compete someday or whatever your goal is focusing on that will motivate you initially; however, it will cause lack of motivation later due to being overwhelmed about the length of time.
Instead, focus on your daily goals. And have fun with it

10. Incorporate a plan that fits your day-to-day life

Everyone has different responsibilities and different reasons for training and losing weight. One plan doesn’t work for everyone.
Build your own plan, one that you can fit into your every day life.
Mindfulness is key here and helps keep you motivated. Being mindful of your day to day and incorporating a plan is important.
A few suggestions:

  • Reduce the number of calories you eat. Keep a food journal and track everything.
  • Make smaller plates with smaller portions. Portion control is important.
  • Reduce your unhealthy snack and sugar intake. Sugar can breed disaster.
  • Stay away from deep fried/fried foods.
  • Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.

11. Don’t weigh yourself everyday

This is a huge NO. Weighing in once a week and keeping track of progress is what you need. Weighing yourself once a day is one of the fastest ways to lose motivation.
Remember, healthy weight loss averages 2 pounds per week.

12. Don’t focus 100% on the scale

The scale is just one way to track progression and even in that, special consideration must be given.
You may have gotten on the scale 2 weeks ago and have  lost 15 pounds. This week you may see 5 pounds gained.
If you turned fat into muscle, this will happen, don’t lose motivation! This is a good thing! It means you are burning fat and building muscle. Building muscle means toning up.

13. Celebrate and reward yourself!

When you reach a goal, celebrate! Share your success with your social environment.
Being happy and celebrating your achievement enhances motivation.

14. Do Private Lessons

It is okay to private lessons to help motivate and coach you toward your goals.

15. Use music

Music is a motivation booster for sure! Music will help you move and groove, taking the focus off of the act and allowing happy to kick in and motivate you!
Research found that those that listened to music while training were more likely to stick with it than those who didn’t.

16. Keep those jeans!

You may have a pair of jeans that you want to get back into. Keep them! Let them motivate you.

17. Take pictures and document your awesome!

Your body will change as your eating habits and exercise habits change. Take a picture at the start and consider a photo every 30 to 60 days. Seeing your progress will help keep you motivated.