Staying motivated to stick to your healthy lifestyle can be tough, but when you aren’t seeing results or have hit the dreaded plateau, it can be that much harder to feel motivated to keep going. Here are 10 ways to keep your motivation when you aren’t seeing the results you have hoped for.

1. Be Patient

This is a tough one, but you didn’t put the weight on overnight, so you aren’t going to lose it quickly if you are doing it in a healthy way. Weight loss takes time and worrying about it isn’t going to make it easier. In fact, feeling stressed out can actually increase cortisol levels which can cause weight gain. Just take a deep breath and relax.

2. Be Realistic

Realistically, you can lose up to 1-2 pounds a week, but that takes focus and diligence in your routine. Be realistic in your goal setting and make sure you have all the tools in place to meet your goals, and that your plan works with your lifestyle.

3. Stay Focused

Create a vision board or keep photos of what your goal looks like. Focus on how you are going to look and feel when you reach your goals and make that your motivation while you are working out or reaching for the fridge.

4. Be Positive

Mind over matter is a saying because it’s true! Believing you can do something is the very first step to achieving it, but if you believe you can’t, that will come true instead. Have faith in yourself and the sky’s the limit.

5. Stay on Track

Regardless if you have a family event or an important party, staying on track will be easy if you plan ahead. Heading to a restaurant? Peruse the menu first and plan on ordering the healthiest options. That way you won’t be tempted to over indulge when you are sitting at dinner and starving.

6. Remember Your Why

There is a reason you want to get fit. Hold onto that reason and lean on it when you need a little extra motivation. Anytime you feel like couch surfing instead of hitting the gym, remember why you made this promise to yourself in the first place and let that drive you toward success.

7. Stop Making Excuses

Excuses are the best way to derail your progress. We all know life happens and sometimes, skipping a workout is unavoidable, but if you find that your default is to say no, it’s time to reset your thinking. Instead, give yourself reasons to put in the work, and make sure you are choosing a workout you enjoy, or at least look forward to, like Bootique’s Boot Camp Style Workouts.

8. Keep Challenging Yourself

Don’t just show up and do the moves. Get in there and really give it your all. Challenge yourself. If you can converse easily during your workout, you aren’t pushing your body hard enough.

9. Get Support

Support is so important while you are working toward a healthier you, and the more support the better. Get your family on board (hint: this makes healthy eating and activity easier) and lean on your trainers and workout buddies. This will ensure you stick to your routine, even on those days you don’t feel like getting out of bed.

The bottom line is don’t give up. Minor set backs are just part of the journey, but if you follow these steps and believe in yourself, you can achieve anything!

What are the best motivators for you?