So you’re starting that new diet, taking up a new routine and have finally invested in running shoes…good for you. It’s the first few steps in a long line of life changes that will stay with you forever. But everyone who wants to lose weight needs to asses their motivations, and for many, thinking about what they will or won’t look like anymore comes to mind.
Problems With Using Pictures: A Younger You
Pictures are great for reminding us of and telling us who we were. There even great reminders of where we are in life, but the problems creep in when we spend time longing for the past to come back; it’s gone and so should the want to be who you were.
If you started off slim, think back and remember that the person in that photo got you to where you didn’t want to be. What you want isn’t to go back, it’s to go forward and forget about who you were, because the person in that photo was not who you wanted to be.
Problems With Using Pictures: It’s Not You
Maybe there is some who strikes your fancy. You think about what it would be like to be with them, or the kind of person it would take to be with them. The problem is that your only thinking of the physical. The same thing applies to people you want to look like, they are not you. They do not have your genetics, they may be able to put hours into a gym or do nothing but drink water, and who knows, you might even end up better looking than them, so, you certainly wouldn’t want to try to be someone else.
Using Pictures As Motivation
You can successfully use photos and pictures to remind you of your weight loss goals. They will help to motivate you, but you need to use the things that matter. Instead of thinking about who you were, think about where you want to be going. Pick a picture of a place to go, not for just a weekend, but where being there will require physical exertion or a whole new lifestyle. Keep in mind your trying to use motivation for a new life, not a few days of looking good.
Do: Hang up a picture of a physical challenge you’ve always wanted and know with hard work that you can achieve. You’re first 5 k, your first hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail, just pick something that will push you to have a maintained lifestyle.
Do: Put up pictures of task that you would like to strive for but are long term and may never be reached. Just because you may never be the first person to climb the North Face doesn’t mean you can’t do more than wear the jacket. So go ahead, put up a picture of something improbable, and know that improbable is still motivation, because nothing is impossible.
Do: Put up pictures of yourself as you are in the beginning, then, take pictures each month so that you can compare how your progressing and learn to see that you are changing.
Do: Put up pictures that make you feel like watching what you eat. It’s okay to go gross here. Find something about bad eating that really puts you off and think about what your putting in your body.
Do: Put up pictures that make you feel good. If you like puppies, well it’s a start. If you’re a guy, it may not be the manliest thing in the world, but hey they key is to get happy.
Do: Put up pictures of the reasons you, and only you, want to be around to enjoy. Family is big here, but remember, weight loss is about you enjoying your life. No matter how much you want to be around for a spouse or kids, it won’t be enough, you’ve got to want to lose weight so that YOU enjoy your life with them.
Don’t: Put up pictures of things that aren’t possible. This means the perfect body; everyone is different and everyone has different views on what’s perfect anyway.
Don’t: Put up pictures of love interest. It’s about you being you, and if they didn’t want you when you were starting on your weight loss journey, do they really deserve you when you finish it?
Don’t: Put up pictures of temporary weight loss needs. This means you need to stop using class or family reunions as motivation for your weight loss; same for vacation, it’s temporary, and you need to be thinking lifestyle.
Everyone will have different motivational needs when losing weight, but when there isn’t a support system around, it’s nice to grab a photo or look up at the fridge and think about why you want, not need, but want and desire more than anything, to lose weight. Many people need to lose weight, but it can’t happen until they want too, so be that person who wants to get on the right track health wise, and remember that real motivation comes from the inside, a picture is only going to remind you that you are who you want to be.