I enjoy eating healthy. But there are days when I need some extra diet motivation. Days when sugar is just calling my name. Or on days when maybe I feel a little self sabotaging. And during these times, inspirational quotes can really save the day.
The concept of inspirational quotes can seem totally sappy. I think of the cliche cat hanging on to the tree branch, with the words “hang in there!” by its side. On the other hand, inspirational quotes can be real world advice. They can become that voice in your head that tells you to believe in yourself. They can push you when you’re too tired or heartbroken to push yourself.
Work on the mental and physical.
I used to think of a healthy transformation as physical. It came down to what I ate, and how much I moved, and how much junk I pushed off my plate. This was during my yo-yo dieting years.
But nobody talked to me about the mental transformation. I used to think of the mental aspect as boiling down to one word: willpower. And if I could just manage some damn self-control, I’d be off of this stupid yo-yo ride.
But a big switch came when I replaced the word willpower with inspiration. I stopped trying to drill healthy habits into my lifestyle. And I instead worked to find the needed inspiration to fill my heart with enough desire and belief in myself to make me crave healthy living more than I craved junk food.
Inspirational quotes: From willpower to inspiration
And for that reason, I want to talk about inspiration. Because if you’re working towards some healthy changes, you need to stop pushing yourself. And instead, focus on finding inspiration, Because this can help you come from a place of love instead of a place of judgement.
So here are some of my favorite quote to create healthy motivation. On certain days, I can forget why I chose a healthy lifestyle. And these quotes aren’t just inspiring. They help me get back on the path I set for myself.
Weight loss diet motivation inspirational quotes
“Dieting is the only game where you win when you lose”. – Karl Lagerfield
“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” – Oprah Winfrey
“If you’ve built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundation under them.” Henry David Thoreau
“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” – Rikki Rogers
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible” – Tony Robins
“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” – Jack Ma
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Zigler
Inspirational quotes for emotional eating.
“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Maya Angelou
“You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin
“It’s a good idea to always do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.” – Paulo Coelho
“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.” – Aesop
“You can’t always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside.” – Wayne Dwyer
“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” – Winston Churchill
“Remember that stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life.” – Andrew J. Bernstein
Inspirational quotes for self-acceptance.
Because you can’t become the best version of you, if you’re not accepting of who you are.
“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Everything you need you already have; you are complete right now. You are a whole total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else. Your completeness must be understood by you and experienced in your thoughts as your own personal reality.–Wayne Dyer
“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling
“I had to grow to love my body. I did not have a good self-image at first. Finally, it occurred to me, I’m either going to love me or hate me. And I chose to love myself. Then everything kind of sprung from there. Things that I thought weren’t attractive became sexy. Confidence makes you sexy.” ― Queen Latifah
“We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.” ~ Mary Dunbar
“One woman filled with self-love and self-acceptance is a model more super than any cover girl.” ― Amy Leigh Mercree
“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.” – Brian Andreas
“The privilege of a lifetime is being yourself.” – Joseph Campbell
Transform your mental outlook, change your body.
Motivation isn’t something that you find and keep. It’s something that you need to create day after day. This is the only route to creating and maintaining a new healthier lifestyle.
Diet changes take as much emotional work as they do physical work. It isn’t just about reps at the gym. It’s about shifts in your mental perceptions. So if one of these quotes really speaks to you, hang it up somewhere you can see it daily. Sometimes you need to hear a lesson over and over before it sinks in.
So these are some of my favorites. Finding the desire is easy. Finding the inspiration to turn desire into action is much more difficult. So use anything that give you a boost in the right direction.
Are there inspirational quotes that keep you motivated? Let me know in the comments below!