Motivation is Key to a Lasting Weight Loss

We are discovering that our brain is cybernetic in nature, it is literally like a computer, waiting for a program to be installed. The sub-conscious mind will carry out any instructions you give it.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”

“Whether you think you can or you can’t – you are right”
– Henry Ford

Installing positive programming into your sub-conscious can be achieved through written goal-setting, positive self-talk (affirmations) and mental imagery (visualization).

Your Long-term Life Goal Should be Achieving and Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Long-term life goals are gradual.

Establish flexible short-term goals. Losing one to three pounds a week is a realistic goal. A prudent approach is to aim for a weight loss of 5 to 10 percents of your total body weight and then to allow your body time to adjust to that weight before trying to lose more weight.

Old habits die hard. In order for effective change to occur, the motivation and desire for a different pattern of life have to be an underlying impetus. See if you can write down at least five reasons why you want to lose weight. Do you want to look and feel better? Do you want to prevent certain health conditions? Did you know that obesity increases the risk of both heart disease and cancer and cuts an average 7 years of a life? In fact, being obese is equivalent to being a life-long smoker, and having both health problems cuts an average of 14 years of your life.

A woman measuring her waist and giving thumbs upWhat is your motivation? Motivation is the driving force which gives us the will to accomplish tasks and eventually succeed at reaching an ultimate goal.

  • To stay motivated keep a record of your progress (your successes and failures).
  • Develop exercise motivation to lose weight. Join a gym, if you can, where the possibilities are endless and the atmosphere is motivational. Exercise helps you look your best, keeps your metabolism up, your blood pressure down and your bones and muscles strong.
  • Keeping a food and exercise record is also highly motivating.
  • Read inspirational stories.
  • Share your success with friends and family.
  • Celebrate your success. Treating yourself feeds into your brain’s reward system and keeps the mental and spiritual energy flowing to keep you moving toward your goal.
  • Never, ever quit! You are never a failure as long as you are working on the progressive realization of a worthy goal. Losing weight requires great patience and persistence.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal”
-Henry Ford

“We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough”
-Helen Keller

Accepting a weight loss that does not match the number you dreamed of is healthier than writing off the success as failure and then giving in and gaining the loss back, plus a few more pounds. Think of weight loss as moving down a flight of stairs, with landings to stop and evaluate your progress.

Remember that all the important results are invisible. Before you lose weight, your organs will be cleansed of fat and toxins, your joints will become supple, your muscles and immune system will be strengthened through good nutrition and exercise.

Creating Positive Self-talk is Important to Your Long-term Success

  • Learn to love and accept yourself. When you love yourself, you want to do good things for yourself such as weight loss through good nutrition and exercise.
  • Praise yourself; don’t criticize yourself. Self-criticism breaks the inner spirit, praise builds it up.
  • Be gentle, kind and patient with yourself. Positive change takes time as old habits are broken and new ones developed.
  • Believe in yourself.
  • Be optimistic about healthy weight loss. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
  • Talk to yourself positively about your health. Self-talking only takes a couple of minutes each evening and a couple of minutes at the start of the day.
  • Sleep well and profitably – the last thing you put into your mind before you go to sleep gets firmly loaded into your subconscious mind and affects your thinking and your sleep. It also affects your creativity and your outlook on life.

Visualize Yourself as You Would Like to Be

Whatever you are thinking and picturing in your mind repeatedly on a daily basis is already on its way to you. Visualize yourself slender and healthy.

Just get started! Take a decisive action!

“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Actually, losing weight is not that complicated. Getting lean is simple. Exercise, eat healthier foods, and eat smaller portions.

“Suit the action to the word, the word to the action”
-William Shakespeare

What a great advice it makes for those wanting to hit any target!

Good luck!