Wednesday, 04 January 2017 00:36

Why Lose Weight?

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You're about to sit down to another salad with chicken like you eat every day for lunch when it hits you: You just can't do this healthy eating thing anymore. And the thought of tonight's Zumba class makes you want to scream. You just want to inhale a bag of potato chips and not feel guilty about it and worry about the numbers on the scale. Whether you're in the middle of trying to lose 100 pounds or you're three months into a new fitness routine, your motivation to lose weight is gone. So what do you do?

 
Excuse the cliché, but weight loss is very much a marathon, not a sprint, which is not easy to accept when you see considerable progress right out of the starting gate and then watch as it slows way down over the next few months. Plateaus tend to rear their ugly head and mess up your motivation at some point along the journey to weight loss, but they don't have to derail your progress. Learning how to arm yourself early against the mental blocks and boredom that can come with being right in the middle of your weight-loss journey is key in leaping over that hurdle and powering through to the finish line.

Re-Evaluate Your Reason

The first step to getting motivated again is to look at why you wanted to lose weight in the first place. Did you want to lose weight simply to look better for a big event, or were you doing it to lower your blood pressure or decrease your risk of heart disease? If your reason for losing weight isn't serious enough, it's easy to lose your enthusiasm. When you say you want to lose weight, what you really mean is that you want to play with your kids without getting winded, you want to look in the mirror and feel good about what you see, you want to impress someone, you want to live a long and healthy life, you want to improve your overall quality of life, or you want to look good in spandex. These are all great reasons to lose weight as long as they come from you.

Many people give up because they realize they don't really want to do the work, even though they know they have set a goal to lose weight. Improving your diet and exercising regularly is hard, though, and you can't be successful if your heart really isn't in it.
 
Start by making a list of all the ways your life could improve once you lose the weight or how your health will benefit. Then, when your motivation is at an all-time low, consult the list and remind yourself of all the positives.

Embrace the Learning Experience

Losing your motivation doesn't mean you're a failure, so don't beat yourself up. Think about what you've learned, instead. If you've tried lifting weights a few times but hate it, you haven't failed because you don't like weights—you've simply discovered what you don't enjoy. If you haven't worked out for a while, I recommend making a deal with yourself to exercise for only four minutes at a time.  A few minutes of stair climbing, jumping jacks or planks every day is a good mini habit to develop than going to the gym once a week for an hour and hating it. This is a short, easy-to-reach goal, and it's likely you'll want to keep going after those four minutes are up. If not, you've got some exercise in and you haven't let yourself down.  

Acknowledge the Stress Connection

Stress causes many women to lose their focus. If you're working all day, then rushing home to take the kids to soccer practice while also trying to maintain some sort of relationship with your partner, you're likely pushing your own goals and needs aside. It's hard to lose weight when you're busy taking care of everybody else, and you might not realize how stressful your life really is because it just seems normal to you.
 
This is some of the topics we will discuss in my upcoming 8-week weight loss group. Other important discussions that I will cover are - current popular weight loss methods, why they’re broken, how the brain and body naturally change, how weight loss works, and the resulting best approach. The weight loss group is different from counting calories and relying on your "willpower", instead, I will teach you to use scientifically proven techniques to build mini-habits which are the most impactful way to change your life.

If you're interested in joining please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (705) 269-0063.  

Last modified on Wednesday, 04 January 2017 01:01
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