When you’re trying to lose weight, some days you feel fired up, motivated, and raring to go!
Other days your motivation may be low – or even nonexistent.
And that’s totally normal…
Motivation comes and goes. No one feels motivated all the time.
So how do you stick to your healthy lifestyle when your motivation is lacking?
Set up healthy habits.
Whether it’s having a breakfast smoothie or going for a morning walk… healthy habits hardwire you for weight loss.
The more of them you have, the less you’ll need to rely on motivation. Healthy living becomes your default mode.
The key is to start small – one habit at a time.
That could mean…
- Meal prepping every Sunday to set up your week for success
- Carrying a bottle of water with you all day to stay hydrated
- Taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator
- Saying affirmations in the mirror while you brush your teeth
- Creating a bedtime routine and committing to 7-8 hours of sleep
Habits, like muscles, are built through repetition. So practice your new healthy habit until it becomes natural. At least 21 days is a good rule of thumb.
To stay consistent, you can schedule your habit on your calendar or even set reminders on your phone.
Once you’ve nailed one habit, add in another! This builds momentum so healthy living becomes your new normal…
Which makes achieving your weight loss goals MUCH easier.
ACTION STEP: Choose one new healthy habit to start up this week.
Superfood Spotlight: Salmon
Salmon is one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids on the planet. Omega-3s promote brain health, ease depression and anxiety, and lower inflammation – which is key for weight loss.
Salmon is also high in protein, which promotes satiety and helps you maintain muscle mass. A 100-gram serving of salmon boasts a whopping 19 grams of protein!
Salmon makes a quick and easy dinner served with some veggies on the side. But you can also sneak it into your snacks, like in the recipe below:
Recipe of the Week: Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites
Calories per serving: 124
Recipe makes 1 serving
- 4-6 cucumber slices, with peel (60g)
- 2 tbsp Non-fat, plain Greek yogurt (30g)
- ⅓ cup (3oz) smoked salmon (lox) pieces (85g)
- 1 tsp chopped dill
- Top cucumber slices with Greek yogurt, salmon, and dill.
7 Ways Having a Pet Boosts Your Health & Well-being
Did you know that pet owners are healthier, happier, live longer, and even weigh less than pet-free folks?
That’s right! Having a pet can actually help you lose weight. Wonder why? Check out this post where I break down 7 powerful health benefits of having a pet.
Latest Win 🏆
This week’s win comes from Nancy, who’s doing the 21-Day Smoothie Diet with her husband and seeing major wins:
“My husband and I did the 3-day detox. Today was the first day of having two smoothies and a meal. By the way, I lost 5 and 1/2 lbs in the 3 days. So I’m very excited and looking forward to continuing this weight loss journey. Oh, my husband lost 5 lbs as well.” -Nancy B.
That’s amazing Nancy! 🙌 I’m excited to see how the rest of your transformation goes. Keep me posted!
That’s all for now – until next time, have a great week!