How to Get Motivated
Motivation is the key to success after weight loss surgery. Every person becomes motivated in different ways. There are personal factors that can motivate you to succeed, some of which are positive—like a child or aging parent that you want to care for—while others are more negative, such as the sudden loss of a loved one due to a preventable illness, like heart disease.
Whatever your personal motivation is, learning how to harvest that motivation and tailor it to drive you towards greater success is the key to achieving your weight loss goals.
There is an old saying that a goal without a plan is just a wish. Well, similarly, motivation that isn’t focused and harnessed is little more than a pat on the back. You can have motivation all around you, but if you don’t know how to recognize it and put it to work in your favor, then you won’t experience the benefits of having it in your corner.
When it comes to managing motivation for weight loss consider the 5 Rs. These include relevant, risks, rewards, roadblocks and remove:
- Relevant: Ask yourself how is this weight management plan relevant in my life? Attempt to really make the weight loss plan as personal as possible.
- Risks: Ask yourself what are the risks that I am setting myself up for if I do not make this change in my weight level? The answer is often a long list of health related issues that you don’t want to deal with.
- Rewards: Ask yourself what are the rewards in my life if I do reach my weight loss goal? These are the big rewards, like being able to enjoy more time with family and friends.
- Roadblocks: Ask yourself what are the roadblocks to weight management in my life? Identifying these early on can help you be prepared to overcome those roadblocks as they appear.
- Remove: Ask yourself how can I remove the roadblocks in order to better manage my weight? Successfully removing a roadblock can help you feel a strong jolt of motivation to continue towards your goals.
Motivation can come from just about anywhere. It can be biological, emotional, cognitive or social. Figure out what can motivate you to stay focused on your weight loss goal after weight loss surgery, and keep it close at heart. You’ll need that motivation to continue strong throughout your weight loss program!