How many times have you gotten fed up with your current state of health or weight and said
“That’s it! I am fed up!”
You then call a couple of friends to see what they are doing for fitness and then perhaps go online looking for something fast and cheap to make it all go away.
a few days later you just give up because it was too hard, too restrictive or too complicated. Maybe you think that you aren’t meant to be fit and healthy and that is just for the ‘others’.
You too can be healthy and live at a reasonable weight. All you need is a few little things you just haven’t gotten before.
Health and fitness is for life and eating only soup broth will end it quickly.
You do need motivation for weight loss
One of the best forms of motivation is the one that keeps renewing itself.
Often motivation comes in the form of fear – like when you are told you will die if you don’t change your life.
Or in the form of impulse – like the gym is having a sale of “buy 5 years for the price of one” or like the chips at the checkout isle.
Motivation weight loss is easier if it is renewable. By writing out your goals and your vision of the new you over and over. That will be inspiring and very motivating.
One way to achieve this vision of the new you to be is to have a photograph ‘photo shop’d’ into the new you and keep it out in plain view. When you look at it don’t think ‘someday’ you may think – that is already me. And it is true. If you are living as though you are that lean and healthy person then its only a matter of time before your body catches up.
You need an easy weight loss plan
There are many plans to choose from out in the wild world. And its tempting to jump on one that promises a huge accomplishment in a very short period of time. Its only natural to want to wake up the day after you have made that hard decision to change your life and magically just ‘be’ fit.
Be good to yourself and pick something that you can do for life. Look around you into the real world and see what the real world fit people are eating and doing. If you do what they are doing and follow healthy weight loss plan you to will be healthy and fit.
You need a weight loss planner
A simple weight loss plan written in ink will have more reinforcement than a few ‘tips’ or rules. Do yourself a favour and see a real nutritionist or dietitian that will motivate you. And not the person at the radical weight loss centre either (you know the one that just moved into the mall).
A certified nutritionist or a dietitian will be able to put you on a simple and comprehensive meal plan. What to eat and when. Often you can find someone free or economically in your area either at the local hospital, the YMCA or even your local grocery store.
You need a fitness planner
Just like having a plan for your diet you also need a written plan for your fitness. A good weight loss plan includes fitness and exercise. Don’t worry about doing ‘everything’ at once. It isn’t necessary. Build up to it.
Everyone is short on time, but I bet you could set your alarm 20 min early, throw on a hoodie and go out the front door and walk away from the house at a brisk pace for ten minutes. Don’t forget to turn around and come home.
You need fitness motivation
Along with a photo-shop’d picture of yourself in the future decide what else motivates you. I am not a big supporter of the punishment and reward system so closely associated with the weight loss industry.
I think the reward is your health and there should be no punishment for trying. Your fitness plan can be motivating by recording your accomplishments. Not measured so much in weight loss or changes in inches, but feeling good about what you are doing.
Did you follow all the steps in your fitness plan today? Go for your walk, eat your healthy menu, take your mother out shopping? Then congratulate yourself.
Remember that motivation without a plan is difficult at best. Get a good plan, and you can keep motivated simply by making the same decision every single morning that you are now living as a healthy person. Every evening give yourself a gold star for following all the steps.