Motivation (or the lack there of) is the number one reason people decide to come work with me. It'd be funny if it weren't so heartbreaking when I hear the pain in someone's voice when they explain that they "Should be able to just DO it themselves" like they are flawed somehow. The funny bit is how WRONG they are to think the way they do.
People misjudge people of size. They think that just because they are over weight or obese that they are lazy and stupid. I have found that these people are some of the hardest working smartest people that I have come across. They are overweight not because they want to be but because there is an underlying belief driving the behavior that is keeping them overweight and sabotaging their weight loss efforts.
The best way to get motivated is to make a decision to change something in your life that is no longer serving you. The next step is to find someone who will support you on your journey, it can be a friend, your partner, a co-worker or a professional. Sometimes having a professional help you get started is the smartest and best way to get you moving down the road to better health.
It's important to have accountability partners when making changes on our lives. We ALL need support to help us stay the course. We need people who believe in us, who will help remind us of our goals, people who will hug us when we're down, cheer us on when we are up and give us a kick in the pants when we're whining. There are times when I don't feel like doing a workout and I'll call one of my support team and let them know I just don't feel like working out. I still workout but at least I've put a voice to my resistance and for some reason just feeling that I was heard makes a world of difference.
It's important to remember that you didn't gain all your weight overnight and it will take time and effort to start feeling the benefits of increasing your activity level. In fact it's SUPER important to focus on increasing activity rather than focusing on exercise. Start with small changes like marching in place during commercials as you're watching tv. Start parking farther away from your destination, make cleaning your house a time challenge activity, see how full of a laundry basket you can carry. When you start focusing on increasing activity it just doesn't seem as daunting.
It's also important to not go overboard when making changes to your diet. Unless you have a fod alergy it's supper hard to stay away from a food you really enjoy. Sure you can so it for a while but for how long before the thought of eating it consumes you? If you plan ahead and pre-package snacks to have handy for those times that you are super hungry you'll have a healthy snack choice to grab instead of reaching for a high fat high sugar food.
There are no 'Good' foods and there are no'Bad' foods - there is just food. Sure some food is healthier to eat than other food but by making food 'Good' or 'Bad' it makes us Good or Bad for eating it. Food is food, it's just fuel for our bodies and the sooner you are able to embrace that idea the better. The secret is to give yourself permission not only to eat the food you want but to enjoy it without feeling guilty for eating it. Okay so it's probably not the greatest idea to eat ice cream at every meal but ice cream is fine as long as it's something that you only eat (& enjoy!) occasionally.
When you start focusing on increasing your activity - make a game of it to see how much you can get into your day - it's important to start shifting your perception from 'Have To' to 'Get To'. It's much more fun to do something you GET to do rather than something you HAVE to do. When you start to feel better then you'll naturally do more which sets you up for success. Another tool is to track your workouts, your food and your progress. It's great to be able to look at the shift in activity and food choices as well as pant size!
Remember that small changes over time yield HUGE results!
Here's to your Health, Wellness and Fitness,
Jennifer Malocha CEO of Fun at Wuhoo Fitness
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