Motivated To Change?

Understanding the reasons that are motivating you right now could be the difference between absolute failure and long-term success…

Several years ago my single friend was successfully living her lifelong dream. In the mid ’70’s her family took several trips to Hawaii and she fell in love with the islands and always wanted to go back some day to live there. So years later before she retired she decided to make this dream come true.

“The actions I took in order to make this dream possible started when I realized that a dream was only a dream unless it became a goal.”

Over the course of a year she was able to save up enough money and downsize her assets to make her goal a reality. Her struggles were fewer during that period of preparing for her life long dream mainly due to her ability to recognize the negative emotions when they crept in.  She was able to redirect her mind back on the target by actually seeing herself walking on the beautiful beaches of Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii.

In regards to fitness and optimal health, we can reach our goals by taking small steps each day. Overtime we can look back and see those little choices have led up to our overall lifestyle goal of optimal health. When we make daily decisions based on creating healthy choices for our lives we become a happier more energized people.

When motivated to change how do we create a healthy lifestyle to last a lifetime?

Dr.Wayne Scott Anderson, nutritional physician and author of “Habits of Health”, has said it best. He states in his book that it is important to first understand the difference between a problem-oriented motivation and an outcome-oriented motivation. In other words thinking in terms of trying to fix your bad health verses shifting your focus on creating an optimal health result. “In the first, you’re motivated (to change) by taking action to get rid of the problem; in the second, you’re motivated (to change) by taking action to bring what you truly want into being. Changing our emphasis from what we’re against to what we’re for has a dramatic impact”

“Are we merely against something, or do we want to create an important result?”

Dr. Anderson also makes it very clear, and I agree is important to understand as we learn how to create a healthy lifestyle, that we are not talking about the power of positive thinking. “…but rather about the fundamental reason we act—with no spin on it, positive or otherwise. The right eating approach is vitally important, but it’s just the first step. For long-term success you need the right motivation…”

So even if you could adapt yourself to the healthiest diet ever, and your motivation is to fix or prevent a health problem, research has shown that most people return to their old ways in about 2-3 years.

Top three factors to think about when creating healthy long-term weight loss:

1. Choosing the right diet plan (way of life) will prevent you from the yo-yo dieting path (repeatedly losing and gaining weight) which puts you at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, more weight gain, weakened immune system, and more.

2. Choosing the right type of exercise program for your lifestyle will keep you on target. This does not mean you have to go out and join a gym. Remember my friend I told you about that turned her motivation and desire into success? Well, she discovered that by saving the money she needed to live on and by not joining a gym she could create her own workout routine right in her own apartment! Believe it or not, along with her diet plan, she was able to walk around her apartment (she called it, “The Apartment Walk”) for so many minutes a day each week and actually lost the inches and weight she wanted in the time frame laid out for her.

3. Choosing a healthy support system has been shown to be the deciding factor in meeting your goals. A strong support system will help you be accountable and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

So what is motivating you right now to lose weight or have more energy? Are you willing to get up and get moving toward creating a healthier lifestyle?

Great! You have taken the first step. Now get up out of your seat and gather the tools you need to help set you free from those “negative lifelong ingrained habits”.

We are here to help you get started and keep you moving toward the healthy weight loss you desire.

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Sandi Lane
Certified Health Coach
Weight Management Consultant

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