Motivation Matters

Studies have found that self-compassion—treating yourself with kindness—can help with sustaining motivation when faced with setbacks. There are 3 components to self-compassion:

  • Recognizing the situation you’re in and how it makes you feel
  • Understanding that other people struggle with the same issues as you and that there are some things you can’t control
  • Treating yourself with the kindness you deserve

Explore the stories below to see how people like you have used self-compassion to maintain motivation.

“I feel selfish spending so much time on myself—walking, buying specific foods, and making special meals.”

It is normal to perceive spending your time on yourself as selfish. This perception can be a barrier to success and get in the way of the motivation needed to maintain healthy habits, like staying physically active and eating low-calorie meals. But using the 3 components of self-compassion can help.

  1. I have needs. I knew that Saxenda® and heathy habits, including reduced-calorie meal planning and increased physical activity, are things my body needs to maintain a healthy weight. But, I felt frustrated because I know others don’t have to put this much time into maintaining their weight
  2. I’m not alone. I took a step back, and thought about how I would advise a friend who feels the same way. I would tell her that the truth is that everyone has to manage their weight, but some have to increase their efforts more than others. I’m one of many who need to establish a regular routine of healthy habits to maintain my weight
  3. I deserve this. There’s a difference between selfishness and self-care. Self-care is something everyone deserves, including me. I knew that if I asked my good friend, she would remind me why I added Saxenda® to my meal planning and physical activity efforts in the first place. It was important for me to recognize that there’s nothing selfish about making changes to help take control of my weight

Patient Stories: Kevin

“I realize that this is the only way I can maintain my weight. No one else is going to do that for me.”

Find out how you can use self-compassion to stay motivated.

“I’m still taking my Saxenda®, eating low-calorie meals, and staying physically active. But lately I don’t feel like I have the same momentum as I did when I started.”

It’s not unusual to have reservations about moving forward when you don’t feel like you have the same momentum as you did early on. But it’s important to remember that your healthy routine is helping you maintain your weight and moving you closer to your goals. Using the 3 components of self-compassion may help you recognize your progress and find the strength to move forward.

  1. I want more. I was having a tough time staying motivated because I didn’t feel like I had the same momentum as I did when I started. I was being really hard on myself even though I was still taking Saxenda® and staying with the increased activity and healthy-eating routine that helped me earlier  
  2. I need to accept my progress. I realized that being hard on myself was pushing me to move forward, but it took an emotional toll. I reminded myself that others who struggle with weight management may also feel frustrated when they are noticing the same numbers on the scale. Their bodies adapted to their physical activity routines, and so did mine. That’s just the way the body works  
  3. I have the strength to take this to the next level. After I stopped putting myself down, I was able to celebrate the progress I’ve made and start moving forward. My SaxendaCare® coach and I discussed how I can change things up. After talking with my doctor, I’ve added new activities to my workout routines, whether that means intensifying my workout in the gym or incorporating physical activity, such as bike rides and hikes, into my social life. I realized I had the power to find ways to keep moving that work for me, and I felt more confident and motivated that I can do this

Patient Stories: Maria

“I’ve realized that it’s not about a number on a scale; it’s how I feel.”

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“As I get closer to reaching my goals, I’ve let some of my healthy habits go. I feel like I’ve slipped up too much. Maybe I should just give up.”

It’s normal to have a tough time getting back on track. But, when faced with setbacks, it’s important to pull yourself up and keep going. Discover how the 3 steps of self-compassion
can help.

  1. This is challenging. I was having a hard time sticking to my healthy habits, like low-calorie meal plans and increased physical activity. I felt like I had fallen so far behind that I would never be able to get back on track 
  2. Being human means getting off track sometimes. I was being too critical of myself. Everyone makes mistakes—it’s all part of the experience. I’ve come a long way, and for every setback that I overcome, I’m that much closer to reaching my goals. I proved to myself that it’s never too late to get back on track
  3. I’ve got this. I had a few setbacks, but I worked past them by giving myself the support, advice, and kindness that I deserved. I reminded myself that I was maintaining my weight by taking Saxenda®, working with my SaxendaCare® coach, eating healthy, and increasing my activity. Now, in situations where I would have been hard on myself for slipping up, I consider what has worked for me in the past and write that in a letter to myself to use as motivation. Taking a more positive approach has helped me stay on track with my healthy habits

Patient Stories: Kristal

“I never let myself get off track for a whole day. Even if I have a tough time and am out of my norm with a snack or a meal, it doesn’t have to derail my
entire day.”

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“I used to get complimented on my weight-loss efforts all the time, which made me feel great. Lately, the compliments have stopped, and I don’t feel as motivated to continue.”

It’s natural to enjoy recognition for your progress, but don’t forget to give yourself some internal encouragement as well. Following the 3 steps to self-compassion may give you the comfort
you deserve.

  1. This is hard. I was struggling to stay motivated because I felt like people weren’t noticing how hard I had been working to maintain my weight. I thought that maybe it was my fault and maybe I wasn’t
    doing enough
  2. I can’t control everyone. In the past, when I felt like I wasn’t doing enough, I would turn to those around me to help me feel better about myself. Then, I reminded myself that I can’t control how often or how many people compliment me. This helped me realize that I needed to start treating myself with kindness and support rather than criticism
  3. I need to be a better friend to myself. Once I realized that my insecurities were stemming from my own outlook, I felt more equipped to navigate the problem. Trying to power my motivation with the compliments of others was holding me back. I needed to soften my inner judgment, and let my kinder, more understanding self do the talking. Replacing my negative thoughts with positive thoughts gave me the confidence boost I needed to get back on track

Patient Stories: Andrea

“I can handle fewer compliments because I feel that people are not looking at me for my past but how I’m handling my future.”

Discover how to replace your negative thoughts with positive thoughts.


You've learned what others did to stay motivated and on track. Now, let's look at how they did it and what you can do to stick to those healthy habits even when times get tough.

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