I’m not sure if it is because we are nearing January 1st and people are mentally preparing for their New Year’s Resolution to join a gym or lose weight or if they have just come off of Thanksgiving and feeling a bit out of shape, but I have been having TONS of conversations with people about losing weight and getting fit. It amazes me at how many people are not really aware of what it really takes to lose weight and keep it off.
To keep it simple, you need 3 things. If you can manage to apply these 3 things to do your daily life, I can guarantee that you will lose weight and keep it off. If you only have 2 out of the 3, you may see results for a brief period, but eventually the pounds (and guilt) will creep back up in your life. The formula is simple – commit to a healthy lifestyle, work out, and eat right. This may sound very simple, but you’d be surprised at how many people try to cut corners.
The most important thing for you to do is to make a real and serious decision to lose weight and get fit. If you aren’t serious about losing weight and making it a priority in your life, you won’t stay committed and motivated to take on steps 2 and 3. Most people start off very pumped up about losing weight, then within 2 weeks, stop working out and start heading back to the drive thru at McDonald’s for your lunch. Why? Not because it’s hard, but because they simply don’t want to do it anymore. They don’t see the value in losing weight or getting fit, at that time, so they begin to slack off in those areas.
If this sounds like you, chances are your WHY (the reason why you say you want to lose weight and get healthy) isn’t strong enough. Your WHY should be very personal and important to you, something that makes your reason for doing something non-negotiable, meaning you will make it a priority in your life. If you are having problems with creating a powerful why, here are some questions you can ask yourself:
- Why do you want to lose weight and get healthy?
- How will it change your life?
- How will it affect your relationships?
- How will your quality of life improve?
- What will your future look like?
- What will happen if you don’t lose weight or get healthy?
If you don’t have a realistic, honest, and meaningful WHY, you won’t stay committed. So find your WHY and remind yourself of it daily. If you make something your priority, you will find the time to commit to it and make it a part of your daily life.
As you gear up for New Year’s Resolutions, the first step is to really want to commit to it and then to walk in that commitment and desire to accomplish your goals every day. Part Two will be coming shortly. 🙂
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