Willpower is “The strength of will to carry out one’s decisions, wishes, or plans.

You can lose weight if you want to; you just have to set your mind to it. The biggest barrier you face is yourself. Willpower is what we call upon each day, especially while making decisions. It lies within us as we are resisting temptations like eating that donut in the break room or hitting the gym for a sweat session instead of going out for happy hour. When you are faced with challenges, remind yourself that you are fueled by willpower. Recite the mantra: “I have willpower!” Use your willpower as motivation and a way to hold yourself accountable to help you reach your goals.

Use your willpower!

Watch your portion sizes.

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With everything being “super-sized” these days, controlling your food intake can be difficult. Though challenging, eating smaller portions is one of the easiest ways to cut back on the calorie intake. When you are trying to lose weight, you need to make sure you don’t consume more calories than you need.

Give yourself a cheat day.

As long as you have discipline, a cheat day won’t hurt! Allow yourself a few calories to indulge in a “treat”. A planned cheat day allows you to splurge in a controlled and intelligent way that will still allow you to lose weight in the long run.

Don’t wait for something bad to happen.

Nobody is guaranteed a tomorrow, so why wait until it’s too late to start? Don’t wait until something bad happens in your life to change your lifestyle. It won’t get any easier tomorrow, so do it today. Start making small changes to a healthy lifestyle.

Take pictures.

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It’s amazing to see where you started on your fitness journey and where you currently are. It gives you motivation to keep going while seeing your results. Before and after pictures can give you a great sense of pride that you have accomplished what you have so far.

Log your food.

Having a food log to hold you accountable to what you’re putting in your body comes in handy. It’s a great way to track your progress and helps get you back on track if a slip-up occurs. It’s nice to go back and reference days to see what has worked and what hasn’t. Xperience Fitness has an awesome food log with over 82,000 foods to choose from.

Set SMART goals.

Set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely goals that will keep you motivated to succeed.