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10 Ways To Get Motivated to Lose Weight For Women Over 50

If you’ve spent decades fighting the same pesky pounds this article for 10 Ways to Get Motivated to Lose Weight for Women Over 50 is going to teach you ten powerful ways to get motivated to lose weight.  

And if you’re younger than my 66 years don’t worry because these strategies work well for women of all ages.

Finding the motivation to lose weight and embrace the ultimate goal of living healthier and happier can sometimes feel impossible. That sense of defeat, and the very real procrastination that accompanies it, is exactly what holds us back.

We all want to live our happiest, healthiest life. That’s a fact. But sometimes life seems to stand in our way and we just get stuck. 

You are smart. And capable. And you know what you want. 

So I’m going to share with you ten simple, direct ways you can motivate yourself to lose weight and live healthier and happier. 

Before we start let’s first talk about the basics. I founded my company, Momma Keto, to help women lose weight in order to live their best lives. 

My philosophy stems from my belief that good health truly depends on the power of three: mind, body, and soul. It’s really simple. Living healthier and happier depends on what you eat, what you do, and what you think. 

lotus flower mind body and soul

I am all about keeping things simple so here are the three keys to motivating yourself: get positive, reward yourself, and find a friend.  

Get Positive About Your Weight Loss Journey

There are many women over the age of 50 who have a hard time getting over feeling negative when we look at our overweight bodies. 

I know when I turned 50 it seemed like 25 lbs. magically appeared overnight. Did you feel that way too?

Did you wonder if it was even possible to lose weight once we reach 50 and beyond?

I’m going to tell you YES it is and it’s one of the main reasons I wrote this article. 

Attitude is really everything so the first step is to start with getting positive about weight loss. Research shows that happiness increases productivity. Happy people are more successful. 

Believing in your ability to succeed motivates winning.

Let go of the negativity and stop being so hard on yourself. Celebrate your wins. Nothing is more motivating than progress. 

Until you decide that you are going to love yourself and start thinking positive thoughts, you will never feel happy with your body – or anything external.

Positive energy makes you open to possibility. It allows you to embrace opportunity. Truthfully, failure is an inevitable part of living. You can help you turn those negative experiences into learning opportunities by having a positive outlook.

The key to motivating yourself to lose weight is seeing the upside. It will move you one step closer to the happy, healthy life you deserve. 

So now’s the time to start getting positive! Remember 50 is the new 30 and 60 is the new 40! 

We women rock as we reach our years of wisdom and full potential.

Reward Yourself for Healthy Living Over the Age of 50

Research shows that three-quarters of why we do things is based on rewards because rewards feel good. Rewards account for 75% of personal motivation toward accomplishment. 

This is particularly important in weight loss to find non-food rewards so you don’t undo all your progress while celebrating.

It doesn’t need to be big or even special to motivate you. It only needs to be enjoyable. If it makes you happy, guess what! It’s a reward.

A relaxing bath, an hour with a good book,  dinner with your partner, a walk with your dog,,, time to journal…all of these things are rewards. And they are already available to you.

Practicing gratitude will help you find the rewards in your life. Recognize the little blessings in your life and use them to motivate yourself. Then you can use those rewards to win your happy, healthy life.

Find a Weight Loss Buddy

We all want to be self-sufficient but the truth is that nothing can replace the support, encouragement, and accountability we get from our friends. Support is essential to motivation. Support motivates. It’s as simple as that.

When you surround yourself with people who are doing or trying to do what you are doing it gets a whole lot easier to stay on track. People join groups that are focused on change because being surrounded by people with a common goal makes attaining that goal seem a lot more possible.

Have you ever thought, “If I only had more willpower, I could reach my weight loss goal.” or “I should be able to lose weight on my own.” I tried countless times to lose weight on my own, but it wasn’t until I finally acknowledged I needed help it became so much easier and I made lifelong friends during my 80 pound weight loss journey.

Who you associate with helps determine who you want to become. If you’re looking to lose weight and live healthier, then choose friends who are trying to eat well, exercise, and take care of themselves too. 

When you surround yourself with other healthy people it is probably the strongest and most straightforward path to changing your own habits. This is called “the science of friendship.”

If you choose high energy, healthy, successful, happy friends, you’re more likely to lose weight and live healthier and happier too. Research proves that over time you develop the eating, health, and work habits of the people around you. So get yourself some quality friends and start working toward your best self!

Now that you’ve gotten more positive, given yourself a few small rewards, and found some awesome friends, here are those:

10 Ways To Get Motivated to Lose Weight For Women Over 50

Ditch Refined Sugar to Speed Up Weight Loss Once You Reach the Age of 50

While we all know that sugar is horrible for our waistlines did you know studies show it’s even worse for our brains? The ugly truth is that refined sugar is a poison that can literally kill you. That’s why this is the #1 tip in this blog post. 

woman craving sugar sweet cookies but worried about weight gain

Here are some of the reasons to ditch sugar: 

It contributes to obesity.
It steals your energy.
It lowers your immunity.
It promotes wrinkling.
It robs your bones of minerals.
It contributes to diabetes.
It contributes to heart disease.
It provides empty calories that show up on the scale.
It rots your teeth.
It can cause cancer.
It weakens eyesight.
It’s almost as addictive as drugs are.

I love sugar and was completely addicted to it. Up until my late-forties, I was eating a Milky Way bar every single day. 

To make matters even worse, I justified this indulgence by drinking Diet Pepsi and diet iced tea.. 

How do you think that worked out for me? Not so well as I woke up one day and suddenly realized I was fat.

The only thing sugar has going for it is that you like the taste but when you weigh that against your health, is it really worth it? 

When I finally decided my daily consumption of sugar was no longer worth it, this was the first step to my successful weight loss journey.

Eat Enough Fuel Weight Loss Protein

Did you know that we need more protein as we age? It’s true. A good range to aim for is eat between 0.6g and 0.8g of protein per pound of lean body mass. But if you’re over 65, this goes up to 1.0 – 1.2 grams.

Foods rich in protein, including cheese, eggs, fish, lamb, beef and chicken. Nutritious eating.

Foods high in protein fill you up longer than other foods because it takes the stomach longer to break them down. Protein also doesn’t mess with your blood-sugar levels so you don’t get cravings and hunger spikes. 

Protein will keep you safe from the carbohydrate cravings that kill most healthy breakfasts. Eating eggs, or egg whites, and lean meats or drinking protein-filled smoothies for breakfast will help you avoid bagels, toast, and danish.

Protein fuels weight loss motivation especially for women over 50.

Go Media Free For a Day

Consumption isn’t only about what you put in your body but also about what you put in your brain. As we get older aren’t there times when you yearn for the days of quiet solitude without the noise of the internet?

Every day we are bombarded with a near constant onslaught of images and ideas from our phones, television and computers.

They fill up our brain and crowd out other thoughts—important thoughts, like dreams, aspirations and hopes. And those bits are really the core of who you are.

Don’t clutter your brain with news updates and scraps of unimportant information because this can negatively impact your weight loss goals. 

keyboard keys with warning sign with words No Social Media, No accessing social media

Ditch your social media and consume only things that are good for you at least once a week.. Read a book or an article on making positive changes in your life or on good health. 

When you fill your head with good stuff the same way you fill your body with good stuff, all of that real, uplifting, encouraging info will help motivate you to be the person you want to be.

What you put in determines what you get out. You know the old saying “garbage in, garbage out” is horribly inaccurate. 

The truth is … garbage in, garbage stays!

Increase Your Weight Loss by Tracking a Healthy Habit

Your performance improves when you measure and track it. Just by recording your effort helps to increase the likelihood that you will succeed at weight loss. Pretty cool, huh?

We all know that tracking your food can help you lose weight. When you keep a detailed record of what you eat, you’ll find hidden carbohydrates, patterns of consumption, and be able to pat yourself on the back for a day well done.

The problem is that as simple as it may sound, tracking is difficult. If you’ve ever tried to keep a food diary for more than two days you know how easy it is to get sidetracked. But research has shown again and again that when you track a behavior it improves drastically.

Workout and fitness dieting copy space diary.

I tracked everything I ate every single day. This tracking helped me make adjustments when I hit a plateau. 

I encourage my clients to know exactly what and how much they’re eating, but tracking can be a pain in the butt. So if you can’t imagine logging every bite, lick or sip into a tracker like Carb Manager or MyFitnessPal, then pull out your camera instead.

Taking a picture of everything you eat is a fun alternative to writing it all down which can feel like a chore. 

Since you most likely already have your phone in your hand, taking the time to snap a photo will give you a minute to think over your choice and an honest record of everything you ate.

When you keep track of how you’re doing, whether it’s a daily food log or a weekly weigh in, it will motivate you to keep making the smart decisions that will help you win your happiest, healthiest life.

Sleep at Least Seven Hours Each Night for Consistent Weight Loss

Sleep is the first thing most of us give up when life gets too hectic. Four in 10 Americans get less than the recommended seven or more hours of sleep. Deadlines and family demands have us setting the alarm clock earlier and earlier or staying up all night trying to “get it done.”

When you get seven to eight hours of good sleep it will give you the energy you need to make healthier choices, lose weight and perform more efficiently. You might actually just find that you get more done when you get more sleep.

mature woman sleeping on bed

More focus, lower stress, decreased depression, increased memory, longevity, better creativity, less fat and increased muscle mass are all linked to healthy sleep habits. 

That’s because sleep regulates hormones and hormones have EVERYTHING to do with health. 

Restore your mind and your body with good sleep and you’ll be so much more motivated to lose weight and live well.

Declutter Your Life

When you get rid of the junk that you don’t want or need it is incredibly motivating and satisfying. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and smothered by all of the underused resources in our lives. Let go of the clutter and make room for more energy you can use to change your life.

declutter your life

Research and studies show that people are more productive when they keep a clean desk. 

People are also more motivated to cook healthy meals in a clean kitchen. Clutter doesn’t just affect our motivation. It affects our environment and our mental state too.

So clear out your mind, clear out your closets, and pave the way for permanent weight loss.

Do Something Kind for Someone Else Every Day

One of the great joys in life is helping others. And the fact is, if we’re too busy to lend a hand, chances are that we aren’t living up to our potential.

When you help others, it allows us to connect with the people around us and shows different sides of ourselves. It refocuses our energy on the greater good and reminds us of what really matters. 

Kind words do not cost much

It almost always changes our opinion of ourselves for the better. We are able to see ourselves in a different light when we use our talents and resources for the benefit of others. It lets us appreciate both what we have and what we are capable of doing, both of which are powerful motivators.

Make Friends with Five People Who Inspire You to Lose Weight

Your mom probably told you, “You will be judged by the company you keep.” And even as an adult that rings true. The people you surround yourself with define you. 

Chances are if you choose motivated, hardworking, friends who are trying to better themselves and their lives, it is very likely that’s where you will put your energy too.

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. —Jim Rohn

five friends with hands on top of one another

Look around at the company you keep.

Do your friends motivate you to be your best self?
Do they bring out the best in you?
Do they build you up?
Do they encourage you to make healthier choices?
Do they support your weight loss journey?

If you find yourself surrounded by people who are negative,  drain your energy, are lazy or who gossip and criticize, perhaps it’s time to move on. 

It’s ok to love those people but take the opportunity to look around and choose five people you admire to add to your social circle. 

What about them inspires you? Ask them questions and learn from them.

Do Something That Terrifies You Every Day

It has been said that twenty seconds of fear is all you need. You can change your life if you are willing to confront fear for twenty seconds every day.  So how does fear stop you?

If you take twenty seconds to ask that question, share that dream, make that phone call, walk into that exercise class or post that picture, you’ll find that the anticipation was a lot more painful than the act itself.

“Just do it” is Nike’s slogan for a reason. When you let go of the fear that’s stopping you that is half the battle.

Lettering of inspirational quote JUST DO IT on black chalkboard

Many times when you step out of your comfort zone you aren’t actually entering a dangerous situation. You’re growing. You’re stretching yourself. And that’s how you win health and happiness.

Fear can motivate you. I am going to challenge you to post your weight loss goals on Facebook or other social media. As scary as this may sound, you’ll be surprised with all the support you receive in return.

Reflect on Your Blessings Every Day

At the root of the abundant mindset is gratitude. It changes everything. You open yourself up to unlimited opportunity when you adopt a grateful attitude. 

While defeat limits growth, gratitude uncorks it. We create a more fertile environment for a healthier, happier life every time we reflect on our blessings. Positive things happen for positive people.

Instead of viewing your weight loss goal as a path paved with deprivation, be grateful for all the healthy foods you have available. With every healthy bite you take reflect on the incredible gift of health you are bestowing upon yourself. You will dramatically improve your outlook and improve your chances of success with this simple mindset shift.

Gratitude changes everything

Every year, I complete a year-end review which begins with gratitude. Step one begins with highlighting the wins of the past year because you can’t build upon your wins if you don’t acknowledge them.  

Let your gratitude for the blessings in your life motivate you to be your best self and to lose weight. 

Conclusion…

You deserve to love yourself.

You deserve a life that is abundant and joyful.

You deserve to lose weight and live your happiest, healthiest life.

There are hundreds of ways for you to find your motivation. Write a “To do list.” Pursue your passion.  Be truthful with yourself. Plan indulgences. Change your posture. Pursue your passion. Take responsibility for your choices. Break big goals into baby steps. Raise your standards. Take a break.

Happy healthy life

Don’t be afraid to find what works for you. You can do something as simple as creating a vision board to keep all your weight loss and other goals at the front of your mind. 

Life is a brief, beautiful journey. Start optimizing your potential by using the ten suggestions in this blog post.  

If you fill your days with what you love, are passionate about and use your energy, all of it, physical, mental, and spiritual to motivate your success, you can lose weight and will win the happy, healthy life you deserve.

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