When you play a computer game and are completing missions to advance through the levels, every now and again, you unlock achievements and receive rewards.
These rewards are incentives to continue playing and to keep putting in the effort.
In the game of REAL LIFE, it is important that you acknowledge your own achievements.
Your weight loss journey will be a long one, with many twists and turns and whilst you may have your eye firmly fixed on the prize (your long term goal), it is paramount that you notice and celebrate the smaller goals that you are achieving along the way.
These smaller celebrations, serve as motivation to keep going, much like the little rewards you unlock in a computer game.
If you are solely focusing on the number on the scales and nothing else, you may not notice that your clothes are actually getting looser, or you’ve stopped craving that fizzy juice as much or you haven’t actually had a takeaway for a few weeks.
Watch out for the little things, like deciding not to have biscuits with that cup of tea today, or choosing to walk that little bit further or faster, or maybe catching yourself saying something negative to yourself and actually stopping yourself and saying something positive instead.
When these things happen, ACKNOWLEDGE THEM!
Give yourself a pat on the back.
Keep a little achievements journal, where you can note down all the little things that are changing.
When you have a down day and feel like nothing has changed and consider throwing in the towel, you can have a flick through your journal and remind yourself of everything that HAS changed, no matter how small.
Another way of rewarding yourself for your accomplishments, might be to buy yourself a new pair of jeans or a new skirt, to replace the ones that are now getting baggy on you!
Be kind to yourself.
If you are in this for the long game, and you are serious about losing weight and achieving your long term goal, remember to motivate yourself by celebrating little victories along the way!
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