Thursday, June 19, 2008

Are You Ready To Step Off the Weight Loss Merry-Go-Round? Part 3

The last two days I wrote about taking small nutrition and exercise steps to get you started on a new healthier lifestyle. A lifestyle that will help you drop fat, increase your energy, reduce your risk of many diseases and keep you active and independent as you age. You will not enjoy long-term success, however, without also addressing...

The Mental Component

First of all, you must absolutely know that you can succeed, regardless of how many times you were previously disappointed with your results.

Remember, this time you are focusing on small steps that you absolutely can accomplish. You will then build upon your successes. You will not be overwhelming yourself mentally, emotionally and physically with drastic diets or hour long cardio sessions. You can do this!

Second, you must dig deep for the most compelling reason that you want to lose weight / get healthier.

The more passionate you are about the "why" and the more emotion attached to your reason, the more likely you will reach your goal.

As Les Brown says, "Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way."

What is your compelling motivation?

If you had a parent who died when you were young, you may want to make sure that you're around for your child. Maybe you're sick of feigning disinterest and feeling left out when your friends do physical activities. One of the men on the Turbulence Training forum decided to get fit after his son asked him why he had "boobies."

Keep asking yourself why you want to get in shape. Keep digging. Go past the superficial answers like "I'm sick of being fat" or "I hate my thighs." You may very well hate your thighs and be sick of being overweight but will those reasons keep you on track when you feel like throwing in the towel?

If you need help discovering your compelling motivation, go here to check out this earlier blog post.

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