3. Hold yourself accountable
Simply creating a specific, time-based deadline for yourself will be a motivating factor, Donavanik says, and will make it easier to remind yourself of why you’re pursuing a punishing fitness and diet regimen. “My favorite quote: ‘A goal without a deadline is just a dream,’” Donavanik says. “If your goal is to lose 10 pounds, give yourself an actual date. From now until that date, give yourself benchmarks you need to hit at certain time points.”
Better yet: Try to make your goal or deadline personal—your first day of beach season, say, or your winter vacation to somewhere tropical—so you have a rooting personal interest in attaining your ideal physique, Donavanik says.
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