November 2, 2023

Mastering Your Weight Loss Journey: Beyond Motivation and Scale Numbers

Health + Fitness

If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard countless motivational speeches and read inspirational quotes about reaching your weight loss goals. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of shedding those extra pounds and envisioning a healthier version of yourself. However, I want to challenge you to think beyond mere motivation – because motivation is, in many ways, overrated.

Sure, that initial burst of motivation can kickstart your weight loss journey, but it often fizzles out just as quickly as it ignited. Why? Because we tend to focus solely on the end goal – those elusive numbers on the scale that promise a slimmer, healthier you. But what happens when the scale doesn’t budge or when progress slows down? That’s when most people throw in the towel, feeling defeated and demotivated.

So, let’s divorce ourselves from the idea that motivation should be solely tied to numerical results. Instead, let’s reframe our mindset to find motivation in the daily actions we take to achieve our goals.

Shift Your Focus

When you begin your weight loss journey, you might have a specific goal in mind, whether it’s losing 20 or 30 pounds. That’s great – having a target is important. However, it’s crucial to recognize that the journey is more than just reaching a specific weight.

The trap many fall into is expecting instant gratification. In the first week, it’s common to lose several pounds due to water weight, and you feel excited and energized. But as you progress, the pace slows, and the numbers on the scale may not change as dramatically. This is where people often get discouraged and give up.

Embrace Immediate Results

Instead of fixating on those numbers, focus on the immediate results you experience every day. Ask yourself how you’re feeling. Do you have greater mental clarity? Are you more energized because you’re taking better care of yourself? Are you showing up differently in other areas of your life?

Take me, for example. I’ve developed a daily habit of going for a walk outside. Initially, I did it for weight loss when I embarked on the 75 Hard challenge a few years ago. But now, it’s not about shedding pounds; it’s about improving my mental health. It’s about disconnecting from the digital world and immersing myself in the real world, which matters more than we often realize.

Prioritize Mental Health

Exercise is undoubtedly beneficial for weight loss, but my daily walks serve a more profound purpose now. They offer me a chance to unplug and escape the online grind. As someone with an online job, I’m constantly glued to my computer, communicating through emails, Slack, and social media. It’s a world apart from the richness of life experienced in person, outdoors, and in the real world.

Remember that your weight loss journey isn’t just about the destination; it’s about the journey itself. It’s about cultivating daily habits that improve your mental and physical well-being. It’s about embracing the outdoors, reconnecting with the world, and realizing that there’s more to life than chasing numbers on a scale.

So, the next time you feel your motivation waning because the scale isn’t cooperating, take a step back and appreciate the immediate benefits of your efforts. Reconnect with why you started this journey in the first place, and let the daily actions inspire you to keep moving forward. Your weight loss journey is not just about numbers; it’s about becoming a healthier, happier you.

If you are looking for help to kick off your weight loss journey check out my Body Confidence Academy. This course could be just the push you need to start creating your own healthy habits.


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I’m Natasha Pehrson

Your ultimate hype girl and weight loss bestie! I’m a wife and mom to 4 who has lost 100 pounds by ditching diets and instead focusing on creating healthy habits and changing my overall mindset around losing weight. Get to know me.