How to Get Motivated To Lose Weight!

Finding the motivation to lose weight is different for every individual. For me, personally, I find that it is impossible to maintain and lose weight simply by eating healthy, I must also exercise. It can be discouraging some days because many of my friends can eat anything and everything and still maintain their shapes. That just may be one of the reasons why I struggled with weight when I was younger. I kept thinking to myself, why should I have to exercise and watch my calories when no one else around me does? Once I resigned myself to the fact I must exercise and eat healthy to BE healthy, this is when my progress started. This article is going to teach you how to develop your own exercise plan to lose weight. I cannot say it enough – you have to do what works for you. 

To get started, write down a list of activities that you love to do (not scrapbooking…physical activities).  Here is what my list looks like:

Pilates, Yoga, Wii Fit, Exercise videos, Dance, Cardio, Golf, Tennis, Walking at the park

That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s enough for me. Your list may be even shorter. So was mine at first. The most important thing is – don’t do the same activity every single day. You’ll get bored, you’ll give up and be back right where you started. Trust me on this one!

Example of an Exercise Plan



Time Spent

Calories Burned

January 1, 2010

Pilates Video

30 minutes

102 calories

January 1, 2010

Elliptical Cardio

30 minutes

125 calories

January 2, 2010

Walking Video

60 minutes

200 calories

January 3, 2010


30 minutes

110 calories

January 3, 2010

Wii Fit Games

60 minutes

220 calories

January 3, 2010

Walking outside

30 minutes

100 calories

Exercising Daily for Weight Loss and Optimum Health

Studies have shown that 60 minutes of exercise a day, even if split up into different sessions (two 30 minute sessions or three 20 minute sessions) are a heck of a lot better than not doing anything at all. Everyone has SOME time to exercise. Even if you just have twenty minutes, it is certainly better than nothing.

For my personalized exercise plan, I try to stick to the following plan:

Sunday – 1 ‘low effort’ exercise – Walking, Wii Fit, etc. 30 minutes to 60 minutes

Monday – 2 forms of exercise to amount to an hour

Tuesday – 3 forms to amount to an hour and a half

Wednesday – 1 ‘low effort’ exercise

Thursday – 2 forms of exercise to amount to an hour

Friday – 3 forms to amount to an hour and a half

Saturday – 1 ‘low effort’ exercise

  • This plan works well for me. Edit it so it works for you. Some people say that you should take one day of to give your body a ‘break’, but doing a low effort (as I call it) exercise such as walking or playing the Wii Fit is much better than taking a day off and will allow your metabolism to continue to function at an optimum rate for weight loss.