How Can I Get Motivated to Lose Weight?

How to get motivated to lose weight

In America 33% of adults are overweight and many of them are over 50. We all know that being overweight isn’t good as it is a symptom of many health issues. Some of those health issues are type 2 diabetes, acid re flux, sleep apnea, joint pain, high blood pressure. And these are just a few.

The bottom line is when people lose weight, they tend to get healthy. As a weight loss counselor, I work with lots of overweight and obese people. I have seen people get amazing results just by losing 20 to 50 pounds. And it’s not just about eliminating medications and eliminating sickness and getting healthy, it’s about getting your life back!

When someone gets healthy, they feel amazing in their skin. It’s almost like being a new person. You have more energy. Your clothes fit better. You may even feel sexier!

So how can I get motivated to lose weight?

You need to make 3 lists:

“How important is my health?”
  1. List what it feels like to be in your skin now. For example:
  2. List what your future will look like in 20 years if you don’t change. (Be honest with yourself)
  3. List what your future would look like if you were healthy and lost the weight you needed to lose.

Your lists may look something like this….

It’s really about being completely honest with yourself. You need to really take your head out of the sand and realize what your future holds.

The good news is we can reverse some damage and get healthy at any age! When you realize that you must change then you are ready to get started.

The most important thing I want you to know, is that it really isn’t so much about losing weight. You see weight gain is a symptom of something else going on. So I like to help people focus on nutrition and healing the inside of their body. When we focus on nutrition and not the scale, the weight will naturally come off. And you will feel amazing. You will most likely have more energy, less joint pain, sleep better and more.

It’s also about your life with your family….

Take the time and really have a heart-to-heart with yourself. Understand that you must change! And change can be scary. I know because I have been there.

But if you have decided to make a change and take your health back, you should take action now. Find a program that works for you where you also have support all the way through maintenance.

I highly recommend working with a health coach!

A health coach can provide a healthy plan, walk you through that plan step by step, support you. When I coach people, I also provide counseling to help folks with their relationship with food. Often we eat emotionally and not because we are hungry. I can help you change how you look at food. You will never feel alone with your health struggles.

If you would like to work with me, please email me with your contact information. Also provide some background information and why you feel like you are ready to make yourself a priority in your life!

To Work With Wendy and set up a Free Consultation email me at or contact me through Facebook.

The bottom line is, motivation is within. You need to decide what your future holds. Only you can take action! I wish you all the best!

Please comment below: How do you get motivated to lose weight?

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41 thoughts on “How Can I Get Motivated to Lose Weight?”

  1. Dear Wendy,

    Thanks for the Great inspiring article! This has to be motivating, not only for me but also for many others. Taking great advice from a weight loss counselor like you is very helpful and thanks for sharing these valuable information.

    I want to reduce my belly fat and your article means a lot to me. You not only discussed the problems and it effects but you have provided with solution for the problems as well which is awesome.

    The list and examples you shared made me to think more on the subject there is great power in writing the things we want to achieve and keep it in front of us and reading it often.

    Once I read… The secret to success is the PERSONAL POWER to take ACTION. So I need to take action to change and become the person who I want to be.

    Health Is Wealth!


  2. My mother suffered from hypertension at the exact age of fifty. Her bp is most likely between 140-150/100, that’s why her doctor prescribed her with a maintenance pill. She was also overweight for her age and height. That’s when she decided to change her lifestyle and outlook in life. She knew it’s going to be difficult but still pursued to become healthier. 

    Life coaches helps these people discover their vision of optimal health and benefits of wellness. Since they are experts in the field of change behavior, they can support you achieve wellness through their plan designed specifically for you. Nowadays, we are bombarded with diet plans and exercises we get from the internet but the question is, will it be suited for your own unique needs? It’s different with a health coach that guides you through the process without risking your safety. I believe so because of my mother’s experience with her coach.

    Let us be aware that this process is not easy and that we need someone who can help and support along the way. I’m not saying you can’t do this alone but sometimes it’ better to have an ally or a partner you can work with to make things easier as you go on with the challenge.

    1. This is so true, MissusB. It isn’t just about eating differently. It’s about totally changing your relationship with food. I for one struggled with my addiction to sugar which came in the form of carbs. It took time, but now I see those things almost as poison because they could have killed me eventually. Making a change in how you eat you almost have to reprogram your brain. The support and accountability of a coach can be very helpful!

  3. A great website to motivate people to lose weight. Thank you for sharing this amazing information. I agree with you that creating a list is helpful, to be honest with myself. Losing weight is the best way to feel healthy and have more energy. Also, working with a coach is the best way to walk through the plan step by step. I’d like to share your website with my friends.

  4. Hi, Wendy.
    Your Article on motivation to lose weight is very thought-provoking. Thanks a lot.
    Three steps are the basic but when I put it with pen and paper, it was completely different. These steps suddenly created a sense of alarm on what can happen if I do not decide NOW. There has been a lot of procrastination and NOW is the time to work on feeling better with balanced weight.
    I have been keeping all my clothes from the past ten years to reuse again but due to pot belly could not attempt. But, surely, I will change myself now.
    I am going to be 50 in November. Looking forward to your guidance.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

    1. Thank you so much, Gaurav. There is no better time then now. If you want to set up a coaching plan, just contact. I’d be happy to help you out.

  5. It is a fact that few people understand the weight and the effects on the body gracefully accepting overweight as an age crisis. Many people, especially women ( not exclusively)  gain weight as they go through the 50s and into 60.

    Less exercise, larger meals and often alcohol contribute to a continued girth growth.
    For you to change your lifestyle you will certainly need needs help and that is where a life coach is essential.
    Someone to guide you and show you real input to your food intake and enjoy the small weight losses along the way. Smooth out the bumps and bring you to a happy place.

    It is there for the asking

    Peter H

    1. You got it, Peter and sadly most folks have no idea even what is healthy to eat. Some of the “healthy” food people eat aren’t as healthy as they think and could be actually making them fat. For example, I had a client who struggled for years and couldn’t lose weight. She was eating a banana everyday thinking it was a health food. When she stopped eating her daily banana and had an avocado instead, she started to lose weight. 

  6. this is a great post and I learned a lot today

    I try and try to lose weight and no matter how much I lose I always seem to find it again and having read through this, I am going to look at it all differently

    Thank you so much and keep on helping out today

    1. I’m glad you found it helpful, Vicki. I’m curious what you found the most helpful? I noticed that you used the word try in your comment. I too, tried many things. It wasn’t until I decided to make a change in my lifestyle that I saw long term results. What is your why? Really take some time to think about what you want to feel like in your body. And know, you are stronger than you realize.

  7. This is a timely message to me! For although I do not have a personal issue with obesity, the problem is prevalent here in Jamaica!  However, allow me to congratulate you, for it’s my opinion that your little article supersedes the sophisticated, highly publicized public education campaign about weight loss that has been put in place by the government. Why? Because, in contrast to to the government campaign, your article is effective and to the point.  It goes straight to the reasons for the problem, shows the steps to be taken to get rid of it, and gives a viable alternative (your health coaching services) for those persons who are unable or unwilling to take the necessary steps to lose weight. To me, that’s so cool! I’m so glad that you’ve included your contact, for I’m definitely going to share your advice with all the persons that I come into contact with, that really need it! 

  8. I started to put on weight half way through my thirties, and I’d always been tall and slim to this point, never having to worry about what I ate etc. 

    I admit that motivating myself to start losing the weight was VERY hard, as I’d never really had to do anything like it before. In the end I simply lined up the jeans, and tighter fitting tops that were my favourites and tried them on, one by one. 

    Very tight fit, and I’m quite vain. 

    In the end this was enough to get me into running every morning, and it’s something I’ve carried on to this day. I’m now (still) able to fit into all my favourite clothes! 

  9. This is a good motivation tool. It is so hard to lose weight especially as you get older. I think most people take steps to get started with living healthy but it is difficult to maintain and a list such as the one you are advocating for would motivate and serve as a reminder when things get hard. When the weight loss isn’t happening as fast as I would want I need to be reminder of what is at stake. 

  10. Well said Wendy!

    Writing about how we envision ourselves in the future sounds menial but if you’re serious about what you write on and not writing it as a chore, I think it might actually work. I’m planning to get healthier in the future because my current body weight is making me even more tired than I used to be. What about you, what’s your motivation if you don’t mind sharing with us 😀

    1. I’d love to share, Riaz! For me at the age of 55 it is about longevity. But really more than that. It’s about being medication free and healthy for as long as I live. I don’t ever want to be a burden to my kids or grand-kids. And I want to be the “cool” grandma who can physically keep up with them. I want to live my life to the fullest with energy and health!

  11. As you get older, it can get harder to have the motivation to lose and maintain that lower weight. I say this from my own experience. I get asked by friends this question. They say how can I get motivated, it just seems like it is a battle that can’t be won, gravity is everywhere.

    I mention that gravity has nothing to do with the weight thing other than to push any extra you may have closer to the earth! You have come up with some good tips on getting started on recognizing the problem areas and then also offered some good alternatives to make some changes.

    Being honest with yourself and going through writing down the things that may stop you plus what the end state would look like with the weight loss versus not losing it can help. You have to admit there is a problem then design some clear steps that will fix the problem(s).

    I work with people that are trying to lose weight and often the extra weight is just one of many symptoms, and the root cause is something quite different. This is why I also agree with your recommendation to get a weight loss coach who is aware of the many ways to approach weight loss…

    1. You are so right, Dave. It is about getting healthy first. Being a detective and figuring out what is causing the weight (which is a symptom) will lead to solving the health problem and ultimately the weight problem.

  12. Hallo there Wendy, 

    I have a close relative I live with who is in his late 30’s and he is very self conscious about his body. He keeps on complaining to me that he is feeling like his youth is wasting away.

    He has been trying to get in to weight loss program but he feels like the challenge is too hard for him. I have been looking for different ways to get him motivated and I have to say that your method is by far the best I have seen.

    Being real with yourself!

    Also, the fact that you also volunteer to help people through it, it adds credibility to you and your strategies. This is something I strongly believe that my relative will highly benefit from.

    I will share this article with him and get him over to your coaching. 

    Thanks a lot and I look forward to an interesting journey for my relative.

    1. I think it is great that you want to help him, however it sounds like he may not be ready. When it comes to making a change in regards to getting healthy and losing weight, if a person isn’t ready to make themselves a priority, it simply wont work. I appreciate the compliment. Thank you.

  13. Hi Wendy,

    This is an awesome article and topic. I,  like a lot of people took my health for granted. I sat at a desk for 10 years working long hours and never adjusted my eating habits or exercised. I always felt fine until one day I didn’t. I went to the hospital with my BP north of 200 and ended up on BP medication. My weight was an issue without me even realizing it. I was an ex-athlete so I always knew how important exercise and nutrition are. In fact, I even started a niche website myself for weight loss which for the moment I’ve abandoned. Over the last 3 months I’ve lost 30 pounds mostly from changing my diet and walking 3-5 miles a day. I still have to lose another 30 and knowing what I know now a health coach would have made my life much easier I’m sure. Excellent article and you are right in my wheelhouse.

    1. Bob, you certainly are not alone. Most of us sort of are in denial until a health crisis happens. Or until their doctor has a serious conversation with them. Sadly sometimes we wait until it is bad or critical. The good news is no matter how bad it gets, we can turn things around and get healthy. 

      Congrats on the weight loss! You are a rockstar! Yes, a health coach could help people save a lot of time in learning step by step what to do. Plus a health coach offers lots of support and motivation. But it sounds like you have educated yourself. You should be very proud. 

      I am a personal health coach and counselor. So if I can ever be of any assistance to you, please don’t ever hesitate to contact me.

  14. I love the way this article outlines base on the base of the steps on what someone needs to take to lose weight. In fact, a friend of mine recently decided to a few pounds and I think think this will be something that will help him get over the obstacle of actually doing what it takes to take action.

  15. Interesting Article Wendy. 

    For me, I have also seen how obesity can make one look disfigured and out of shape. Especially women. After childbirth, the whole thing just becomes loose and saggy, and they feel it’s normal because change has to most definitely take place. But I don’t feel that way. I want to look the way I am now all the time, and at whatever age. I want to always look good. That is what motivates me to do exercises, jogging, sit ups,and so on. 

    Plus exercises helps you do things you never thought you could do with your body. Overtime, your body gets so stiff, but that wasn’t the original plan. So it’s good to exercise, to keep being flexible and healthy at all times.

    Thank you.

    1. Yes it is important to exercise. And it sounds like you are doing well and are healthy. But for those who are not healthy exercise simply isn’t enough. Health and weight loss happen in the kitchen. If we are not giving our body good nutrition we will not see results in the gym. I have found that most of my clients lose weight and see their numbers improve once they change their diet.

  16. About 10 years ago right around the time that the economy took a nose dive and there were massive job layoffs, I gained a lot of weight because of emotional eating. Even though I had known for several years prior that diet and exercise was important, I let myself go.Then one day a friend got me to join a weight loss challenge for prize money.

    Though money is a great motivator I still know myself. I will not be motivated to exercise unless I enjoy how I go about it. I first went back to eating semi healthy. This alone made me lose 10 pounds really quick, which motivated me more. Then I started exercising which was nothing more than a 15-30 minute walk at a nearby park everyday.

    This helped me to lose another 15 pounds. On days when the weather was not kind for being outdoors, I put on some dancing music and danced by myself. Regardless of whether it was walking or dancing, my goal was to break a sweat. I was motivated by exercising in ways that I enjoyed and even more so when I saw the weight come off.

    Health is everything. When you have health many other things in your life can be better dealt with. You sleep better and have less stress. Exercise is great but if it doesn’t include a healthy diet, the battle of the bulge will be harder to win. There is an old saying, “You are what you eat.” Always consume the right foods and drinks to get started, then exercise.

    1. Thank you, Robert for your insight. I agree with you 100%! Nothing is more important than health. Good health gives us energy to thrive and live our lives to the fullest. And we are all motivated by different things. I love that a contest and money motivated you to lose weight. It seems that regardless of how we get our motivation, once we get started, we actually love it! It is almost as being healthy and medication free is the new normal. Thanks for sharing your experience with my readers! 

  17. Oh motivation, this issue cannot be overemphasized when it comes to fat loss because I have been there before and I know how hard it is. Getting motivated is not easy and that is why I endorse your three steps. Truth is, if I had found this post earlier, my weight loss would’ve been a lot more easier and I wouldn’t go through so much stress trying to lose it. I used a health coach too so I agree that they can really help with mapping out a good schedule for the exercise. Nice post over all!

  18. Its really true that most people needs some kind of motivation, inspiring words to get up to task. Losing weight is not an easy task and only people with strong hearts get through with it. I love the three questions you wrote in the article, they are really essential and they are the real motivation. Thanks for sharing this informative and educative article, it’ll really help people to know what right steps to take when aiming at weight loss. It’ll also help me in many ways.

    1. Losing weight isn’t an easy task. Actually, it can be. But keeping it off long term requires making necessary lifestyle changes. And it is about reprogramming your brain and changing your relationship with food. Otherwise the weight loss is only going to be temporary and the weight will come back.

  19. Hi,

    Great informative post. I absolutely agree with you. For lose weight, motivation is very important and I know from my personal experience. The last couple of months I am trying to lose my weight, so I have started the gym. But my main problem is sometimes I think-oh this week I will more workout and will look after my diet plan, but then next week I go where I was before . Couldnt understands what should I do. But after reading this post I have understood we really need Health coach to motivate and for our transformation.

    One question I have, if I consulted with any health coach shall I have present or is it possible to attend in online as well.

    1. Hopefully I am understanding your question about working with a health coach. Every health tudor or coach works differently. I work with my clients online (through skype or messenger) or over the telephone. Now that I have relocated to Florida, I will be working with clients one on one. But I’m pretty flexible. 

  20. Thank you for this article. I really found benefit from thinking about my list, and recognising that change can be scary and hard. But I also realised that my fear of change is largely because, even though I want a happy healthy new life, means leaving my old life, and there are aspects that I enjoy of my old life. I think I need to do some soul searching to really make a solid choice to let go of that and find different enjoyment from the new life I could potentially have if only I make the changes. Thanks again for sharing.

    1. Josie, reading your comment gave me goose bumps because I know how emotionally hard it is to get motivated and make changes in our health and how we eat. It isn’t just what goes in our mouth, it is more about what goes on in our head. It is life changing. But you got this! And I’m here if you ever need some extra support.

  21. Hi! I’m grateful I have read your post. It has motivated me to write down this list and focus on preparing to take action towards a healthier future.

    Reading your list is interesting because many of the things you wrote will be similar to the things I’ll write down. Thank you very much for the example.

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