Mustering up the motivation to begin or continue your weight loss journey is so much easier when you have the support of the people around you. Not only will this inspire you to reach your goals, but also it will remove some of the social challenges (hello, isolation!) that often accompany your journey to health. There are some simple steps you can take in moving towards your goals, and each one invites you to step outside of yourself and seek support.
Refine your goals
Maintaining weight loss motivation requires you to become really clear on what your goals are, and how they are unique and special to you. Take some time to reflect on your reasons for wanting to lose weight. You could find a quiet place to take a few breaths and envision your future self. You may even be inspired to journal or write down a few notes. What does your future self look like? What are they doing? How do they feel?
Many of us are inspired to lose weight because we want to look a certain way. And while that can be hugely motivating, it can also leave us comparing ourselves to others and falling into unhealthy habits. See if you can delve a little deeper into your WHY. Perhaps you want to be able to enjoy more activities with your family, to live a longer life, to improve your energy levels and sense of vitality, or to help heal an injury. What are you holding on to, and what obstacles stand in your way?
Once you feel clear within your self, invite a friend or family member over for a healthy meal and share with them your reasons, or share them with your Jenny Craig Consultant – who can provide you with much-needed feedback and support. This will help you become even clearer as you have a sounding board for your new goals and visions.
A friend in need
Embarking on your weight loss journey is extremely admirable – but it does come with challenges. And one of the major challenges you’ll face is the feeling of going it alone. So much of our socialising happens around food, and if your friends and/or family aren’t on the same page, it can be a lonely (albeit worthwhile) road.
Walking down the road to weight loss with a friend or family member is incredibly inspiring and can even be enjoyable! Having this weight loss support will be a huge asset to you both. What can be frustrating on your own becomes so much lighter when you can joke about it with a friend. You can even speak to your Jenny Craig Consultant who can inspire you with meal plans to enjoy together.
The best part? Jenny Craig’s ‘Share the Love’ campaign has been created for you to enjoy the journey with friends. By referring a friend, you both receive $100 off food*. You can get by with a little help from your friends!
Words by Jessica Humphries for Jenny Craig.