10 Things to Try When Losing Weight Gets Tough

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Everyone who has ever tried to lose weight has hit a rough patch here and there. (If it were easy, we’d all be fit!) It’s a totally normal thing to lose your mojo or hit a plateau. But that doesn’t mean that you should give up.

It’s inevitable that things WILL get tough. Once you’ve been losing weight for awhile and the excitement and initial pounds wear off, it gets hard.

Your hard work might be paying off in ways you don’t see, or you might be slacking off in ways that you haven’t recognized yet.

Or maybe you’ve had a life change (schedules, relationships, moves, etc.) that is really affecting your ability to focus on losing weight. You’re starting to lose sight of your goals and feeling a little defeated.

Whatever the case for you, when losing weight gets tough, there are things you can do to get back on track.

There are little things you can do to get back on track – you don’t have to get extreme like I did. When I realized I was getting fat and was unhappy & depressed, I decided to become a personal trainer. I decided that I needed to realign my priorities and put health at the top. Becoming a personal trainer was the ultimate way to keep myself accountable for getting healthy. Since that’s probably too much for most people, I’ve compiled a list of things you can try instead. 😉

10 Things to Try When Losing Weight Gets Tough

1. Set actionable goals with time frames.

Anyone can set a big, dreamy goal. Mine is to get to a healthy BMI (22-24.9) by the end of 2018. That means I need to lose 35+ pounds after I have this baby in late January. But how am I going to get there? Each month and each week, I have small goals set to help me get there. The more specific, the better. You need realistic action steps to reach a goal, so if you don’t already have these, that could be keeping you from losing weight. If it helps, keep a workout/weight loss journal. If you’re trying to lose weight after having baby, be sure to check out this post about setting realistic postpartum goals.

2. Announce your goals on social media.

Studies have shown that people who announce their intentions publicly are more likely to follow through. That means that if you can be a little vulnerable by putting your specific goals on social media, you’re more likely to actually do it. If that’s what it takes to keep losing weight and reaching your goals, I’d say it’s worth it. P.S. That’s a huge reason why I started this blog. Follow me on Instagram for my monthly goals & postpartum weight loss journey.

3. Enlist a new workout buddy.

Nothing can make working out more fun than working out with friends. It takes the serious business side of losing weight away and makes it social. You’ll start to forget that you’re working out if you’re enjoying yourself. Plus, it will help you stay accountable to check in with friends about your health goals every now and then. If you have trouble finding committed buddies like I did, consider hiring a personal trainer.

4. Follow some inspiring Instagram accounts.

I follow a lot of fitness accounts and I’m inspired by them ALL the time. Whether you need inspiring words or workout ideas, you’ll find them on Instagram. You don’t have to choose Instagram, but if you do, I suggest following Girls Gone Strong. Oh, and don’t forget to follow me too. 😉

5. Switch routines.

Been running on the treadmill every day? Try swimming! Try a new workout DVD! Sometimes, both our bodies and our brains need a break from our “regular” routines. This will help your body bust through plateaus, but you also might find something new to love! And when it comes to losing weight, enjoyment is a huge player in permanent change.

6. Try working with a personal trainer.

A huge part of a personal trainer’s job is simply to motivate. They’ll also take the guesswork out of your workouts, so you just have to show up and do them. No planning, no overthinking, just work! If you think that a personal trainer is too much of a commitment or investment, consider working with one just a few times to learn new exercises and hear some important encouraging words.

Also read: 10 Benefits of Hiring a Personal Trainer

7. Try a new group fitness class.

Not only will you feel empowered by how brave you are showing up to something new, you’ll get that social aspect I mentioned before. Finding like-minded people to be around is important in reaching your goals. You don’t have to become BFFs with everyone in class, but a few smiles exchanged will go a long way. You might find that you love Barre, Yoga, PUMP, Zumba, etc! If you do, roll with it! Here’s how to rock your first attempt at a new group fitness class.

8. Get some new gear.

Honestly, there is not much like a new pair of flattering leggings or hot pink shoes to get me to the gym. (I can only justify the spending if I actually use them!) It’s fun to shop for new workout gear when you’re losing weight, and it might just be the thing you need to keep going. I’ve personally been lusting after some new Evolve leggings, but I’m going to use them as goal-getting motivation. 🙂

9. Download a new workout app.

Trying new things is the trend here, you see? When I get bored or I’m tired of planning my own workouts, I’ll use apps like Aaptiv to get me going. You don’t have to try long workouts, just try switching up your movements by letting someone (or something) else tell you what to do. The best part is that you can use these apps on the go.

10. Set reminders on your phone.

Some fitness trackers will alert you when you’ve been sedentary for too long. But if you don’t have one that does that, simply set alerts on your phone or computer! When I know I’m going to sit down to blog, I often set a timer that alerts me when it’s been 1/2-1 hour. Then I know it’s time to get up and walk around, do some squats, or wash the dishes. Do that to keep yourself from getting sucked into screen time or be reminded of your goals. It’s an easy way to keep your body burning that fuel.

Are you having trouble losing weight? I do hope that these tips help! Tell me your best defense against plateaus and losing motivation below!

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  1. Marcela December 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Currently, I’m in process of losing weight and shaping my body. I’ve promise myself if I was OK with the results, I’ll make some post maybe inspire somebody. For now, I’m testing on myself some app, I have set timer and new gear. I’m starting to fall in love with an active life again 🙂

  2. Brandi December 16, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Switching routines is such a great idea! We get in a rut physically and mentally and even changing up something small can make a big difference.

  3. Mary December 17, 2017 at 6:17 am - Reply

    This is a really handy post! Love theses tips!!

  4. Justin December 17, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

    I definitely like the suggestions. I know people are often lazy, myself included, and they often need easy ways to not fall off the wagon so to speak. I think a simple fix like only drinking tea (real boiled tea that is) and water is a great way to get started. Drinking only water and tea definitely helped me when I lost a lot of weight a few years ago. Also, I think developing routines like working out at the same time every day, can make it more likely that someone will work out.

    One thing that also helped me lose lots of weight was to cook most of my own food (usually by boiling it), and eating lots of fruits and vegetables as opposed to processed food.

    In addition, there is one paradigm shift really helped me lose weight and keep it off for a few years. Basically, the idea is to eat and live your life so that you can have your ideal weight, and maintain it throughout your life. I avoid “diets” because I know that I wouldn’t be able to maintain them for the rest of my life. I’ve tried various diets, but some are very expensive to maintain, so I’ve developed a way to decide what to eat so that is affordable for me, and which I can live with the rest of my life.

    Sadly, one thing that is not often discussed with regards to weight loss has to do with one’s mental state. Losing weight is sometimes a very complicated matter, like if someone is dealing with depression, low self-esteem or other such issues, so those issues must be addressed as well if they are there.

    • Chantal | Ironwild Fitness December 17, 2017 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      I definitely agree! That’s why we talk about postpartum depression a lot on my site. Health is so complicated, but it sounds like you’ve found some things that work for you. Thanks for stopping by Justin!

  5. Jill Conyers December 18, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Great tips for motivation when things get tough. A workout buddy or group works great for me.

  6. Monica December 28, 2017 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Announcing my goals on social media is a little terrifying but I love the idea of setting reminders on my phone.

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