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Use This Little Known Tool to Lose Weight Starting Now

Use This Little Known Tool to Lose Weight Starting Now

Being unhappy with our weight is not uncommon. Perhaps you have gained some weight and want to lose it so that you can fit back into your favorite jeans? Maybe you want to lose some weight so that you can look good on an important future event (your sister’s wedding, graduation ceremony, or just simply to look good on a date).

Or perhaps you want to lose weight to improve your overall health?

Well, it’s easy to say that you want to lose some weight, but the reality is, if weight loss was that simple, then most people would not be overweight.

So why do so many people fail to lose weight then? There are four main reasons:

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They lack a clear goal.

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    Most people said: “Wow, just realized that it’s pretty hard to fit into this jeans anymore. Well, guess I need to lose some weight, I will start to exercise and eat better, starting next Monday,” which is not specific enough. Rather than saying that, you should set a clear goal with a time frame, such as: “I plan to lose 10 pounds in a month.” As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, then you are really planning to fail.

    They didn’t measure and monitor progress.

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      How many times have you set weight loss as a New Year Resolution? Maybe you have set a good goal that is measurable and within a certain time frame (10 pounds in a month), however most people fail to monitor and measure their progress. They don’t weigh themselves regularly, and hence they don’t even know whether they hit their goal or not. In the end, they just give up.

      They are relying on willpower and memory.

      Perhaps you plan to weigh in every week, but we humans often have limited willpower. We also have many other things that we need to remember, so it’s very normal for us to forget stuff. In the end, you might forget to weigh yourself and it results in not updating their progress.

      They don’t reward themselves enough.

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        Weight loss can be a pretty long journey, and it is a better idea to reward yourself on every milestone that you have achieved. The reward will motivate you.

        So how do you avoid those problems? It’s very simple, you can use this little known tool to:

        • Set a clear goal (how many pounds to lose and by when). A clear goal is specific, measurable, actionable, relevant, and time-bound.
        • Measure progress by crossing off the numbers and checking the date.
        • Paste this tool in the place that you frequent, so you don’t have to rely on memory
        • Set a small reward for every milestone that you have achieved.
        • Additional benefit from using this tool is social support. Since you will be posting this tool in your home (or whatever place that you frequent), other people (be it your family, or your roommate) will know about your weight loss plan. They will help you keep yourself accountable in maintaining a healthy lifestyle so that you are successful in losing the weight.

        So what is this tool you’ve been talking about? Show it to me!

        Well the tool is actually just a simple poster. However many people loved this poster (it has been shared over 5,000 times in Pinterest alone). Here is what the poster looks like:

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          Yes – this simple poster can actually help you lose weight. It’s very much like a vision board and its boldness and brightness doesn’t allow you to forget or pass over your goals.

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          Last Updated on March 13, 2019

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

          1. Work on the small tasks.

          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

          2. Take a break from your work desk.

          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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          3. Upgrade yourself

          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

          4. Talk to a friend.

          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

          7. Read a book (or blog).

          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

          8. Have a quick nap.

          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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          9. Remember why you are doing this.

          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

          10. Find some competition.

          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

          11. Go exercise.

          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

          12. Take a good break.

          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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