From Askmen.com…. Full, uncensored post HERE. This article is aimed at men, obviously, so for the ladies out there, adjust the language accordingly. 🙂
No.10 Picture It
If you were once the proud owner of six-pack abs but are now on your way to looking like the Pillsbury Doughboy, stop the madness by digging up some photos of yourself (and your former abs) and display them in as many spots as possible, such as at your desk, on your dresser or in your kitchen.
The point of this exercise is to make you so nostalgic for how you once looked and felt about yourself, that you will work toward feeling this way once more. But be forewarned, the first few weeks of seeing yourself in your glory might make you depressed and cause the opposite effect: discouragement. However, once you get over feeling sorry for yourself, the anger will set in and you’ll be on your way.
No.9 Take Out Your Favorite Jeans
In a similar vein as pulling out old pictures of yourself, resurrect your former favorite pair of jeans that you haven’t been able to fit into for months (or years) and hang them somewhere that will force you to see them every day, like your bedroom or bathroom door. They will serve as a constant reminder of how you used to look and of the fact that your current weight is unacceptable.
No.8 Plan Ahead
If you’re dead set on regaining your 34-inch waist, go to your favorite clothing store and buy yourself a kick-[booty] power suit, astylish fitted shirt and slim pants, or that belt you’ve been eyeing for a while in a size 34. The fact that you invested in these stylish new threads, but can’t wear them, may just upset you enough to start losing weight.
No.7 Keep A Log
So you fell off the wagon and ate that big bowl of ice cream or didn’t go to the gym for five days straight. Get a piece of paper and a pen and write down what you did, why you are now royally [annoyed with] yourself and what you plan on doing in the immediate future to fix it. Friends often can’t relate to personal weight problems, so a log is a good outlet for your frustration and allows you to come up with concrete solutions.
No.6 Get A Training Buddy
On the other hand, you may have a friend who’s a gym rat and can provide you with all the motivation you need to make your dreams of weight loss a reality; set up a regular training schedule with this person. The fact that you have someone waiting for you at the gym (and who’s fit, no less) will ensure that you don’t blow it off. Furthermore, as gym buddies you can spot each other.
No.5 Hire A Trainer
If you have the money, hire a trainer and pay him in advance. Not only will a trainer get you to show up at the gym and push you to your limit, the often substantial cost of hiring one may just be enough motivation to stick to the program and lose weight.
No.4 Look Into Health Hazards
If you are more than 25 pounds overweight, you are not only putting your looks on the line, you are also potentially sabotaging your health. So if the size of your clothes is not motivation enough to lose weight, look into the health hazards you are putting yourself at risk for by being overweight, such as diabetes and heart attack. This fear may just get you to shed those pounds faster than you know — especially if you get a physical and a warning from your doctor.
No.3 Have A Plan
If you want to see any results, you must have a plan of action. So sit down and figure out exactly what you need to do to get in shape and lose that weight. Enlist the help of a trainer to design a personalized fitness program, and a nutritionist to create you a diet if you must. Set a long-term goal (i.e., lose 10 pounds by June 1) and the mini goals that will get you there (i.e., lose one pound per week). And remember to stick to it.
No.2 Don’t Allow Junk In The House
Do not, under any circumstances, keep junk in the house. Skip the beer and chip aisle at the grocery store. If you are having people over and want to serve dessert, pick it up that day and insist that one of your guests take it home with them. If there’s nothing to sabotage your dieting efforts, then they can’t be foiled, can they?
No.1 Reward Yourself
Not to contradict our previous point, but rewards are great motivators, so allow yourself a treat, such as your favorite burger or an extra [juice] once or twice per week. This will stop you from cracking under the pressure and giving up.