Scoff at them if you will, but we’re big fans of weight loss motivation quotes here at MVF. Cheesy? Absolutely, but sometimes you just need a little pep talk. Here are 30 of the ultimate weight loss motivation quotes, complete with bonus free mobile wallpapers so you can take your motivation on the move.
30 of the ultimate weight loss motivation quotes
It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you don’t stop – Confucius
It’s incredibly daunting to know that you’ve got a lot of weight to lose, and you may fall into the trap of looking on enviously (usually on social media) at others who seem to be quickly and effortlessly losing weight. Reader, mind your own business and focus on yourself. And know that even if you feel like your weight loss is slow going, it’s more than you were doing, and that is something to be celebrated.
Don’t let a stumble in the road be the end of your journey
All too often we see people give up on their weight loss goals when they’ve hit a blip. I’m sure you know what we’re talking about – having a crisis because you’ve had an unplanned binge, or missed a few too many workouts. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again.
Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork
Oof, bit of a morbid one, but a stark reminder that what we eat really does have a big impact on our lifespans. And you don’t want to speed up your own descent into the cold, hard earth just because you can’t stay away from the deep fat fryer.
When you eat crap, you feel crap
Painfully true, this one. Eating junk food until it comes out of your ears is BRILLIANT at the time, we’re not going to lie, but do it often enough and it just makes you feel like shit – sluggish, bloated and tired.
What? We didn’t say these weight loss motivation quotes would all be profound, because this one…well, it’s not. However, it’s some very sage advice. Similar to Nike’s beloved ‘just do it’, when you’re feeling like skipping a workout or having an extra treat meal, or whatever it is you do when you’re just about ready to give up – don’t do it. Just keep going.
Take it one meal at a time
Thinking that you’re going to have to eat well all the time forever is overwhelming. But focusing on the here and now makes it a lot more manageable – about to have breakfast? Do your best to make this one meal the healthiest you can. Do the same at lunch, and again at dinner, but stop worrying about that meal out you’ve got planned three months down the line.
When you feel like quitting, think about why you started
This is different for everyone, but everyone has something – that little spark that made you want to take control and start losing weight. It might be wanting to be able to keep up with your kids or to decrease your chances of diseases that run in your family. You might have seen an unflattering picture of yourself or realised that it was getting harder and harder to make it to the top of the stairs without stopping for breath. When you’re struggling, think back to your lightbulb moment.
If not now, when?
Well? Time is of the essence, meaning that if you’re waiting for a Monday to make your perfect start, you’re wasting days and potentially putting your progress back a notch or two.
Fall seven times, stand up eight
This is a Japanese proverb (七転び八起き, Nana korobi ya oki – literally seven falls, eight getting up), a testament to resilience. Make it a testament to your resilience.
Every step is progress, no matter how small
You may not think that small steps are worth taking, but they all add up. Swapping that large fries for a small bag? It may not seem like much, but it’s a step in the right direction.
One pound at a time
Yes, it feels impossible to lose 100lbs when you’re just starting out, but you can lose one pound, right?
A year from now, you will wish you started today
How many times have you had a false start when it comes to weight loss? If only you’d cracked it the first time you tried…
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts
This is from First Lady and activist Eleanor Roosevelt, and perfectly sums up why you shouldn’t fret if things don’t go your way today – tomorrow is a new day.
Quit slacking and make shit happen
I know it’s hard. I know you’d much rather do something more fun than go for a run, or choose the low-cal option, or run the calories of everything you eat through MyFitnessPal. But it’s worth it, and you can make shit happen, you’ve just got to get off your arse.
The past cannot be changed, the future is yet in your power
So what if you’ve tried and failed to lose weight in the past? You can’t change it, and what’s more – it doesn’t matter. Set your sights on what you can achieve now.
There’s no such thing as failure: either you win, or you learn
It’s pretty frustrating to feel like you’ve failed, and it can really dent your confidence. But turn it around and start thinking of failure as more of a learning curve.
You will never win if you never begin
Think you’ll never manage to lose weight? Well, you won’t with that attitude.
You are your only limit
As we all know, weight loss is as much of a mental game as it is a physical one. Our relationship with food and our bodies is complex, but often the only thing that’s actually standing in your way is your own thoughts. So get out of your own way.
Success is no accident: it is hard work and perseverance
As said by Pele, who knew a thing or two about hard work. The full quote is “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
What you plant now, you will harvest later
This will come to no surprise to any farmers or keen gardeners out there. But it’s worth remembering that you will reap the rewards of healthy behaviours.
If you know you can do better, then do better
If you’re frustrated by your lack of progress on the scales but know that you haven’t been entirely honest with MyFitnessPal about what you’ve been eating, or if you’re reaching for that new PB but know that you skipped a training session – quit fooling yourself. If you’re not doing your best, you can’t expect amazing results.
Never let your fear decide your future
The fear of the unknown stops up from doing a lot of things. Joining the gym, learning how to cook healthy meals, you may even feel scared at the very thought of losing weight at all because of the potential impact it will have on your relationships. But if you envisage a healthy future, you’re going to have to learn to let go of that fear.
It is never too late
If you think it’s too late for you to make a positive impact on your health, take heart at the fact that there are people in their 90s still running marathons, and it is possible to ‘reverse’ type 2 diabetes if you’ve already been diagnosed.
Leap, and the net will appear
There’s that fear of the unknown again – but no matter what it is, you’ll find a way of making it work. Perhaps not the best idea to take this one literally, though (MAN v FAT is not responsible for any leaping-related injuries)
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new
How much time have you wasted on berating your younger self for not eating better, doing more exercise, taking the chances? It achieves nothing, because even if you do think your past self was a gigantic idiot, so what? Focus on what you can change, which is how you react to things now.
You get what you focus on, so focus on what you want
Forget all the little distractions along the way and just focus on your goal.
Yes, I can
You really can!
Don’t stop until you’re proud
Slimmed down enough to drop a shirt size? Brilliant! But if you’ve gone from an XXL to an XL but what you really want is to be back at your pre-kids M and able to wear your fave clothes from your younger years, keep going!
A little progress each day adds up to big results
Keep chipping away at your goal and soon you’ll realise that all those little victories add up to the biggest victory of all – reaching your goals.
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