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Weight Loss Motivation: The “Secret” to Getting Started

Weight Loss Motivation: The “Secret” to Getting Started

This article will be a swift kick in the pants for some… a motivational call to action. For others, it will be an eye-rolling waste of time. Here’s the deal: I have a “secret” to motivating yourself to finally lose weight. It’s called …

Get. Off. Your. Behind.

Easier said than done though, right? Think about how many hours you waste per day. I know what you’re probably thinking, “I work my butt off and I’m busy when I come home, so I deserve some down time.”

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Fair enough. But hear me out for a minute. We’re all busy. And you can either keep making excuses about why you’re still overweight or you can do something about it. Which do you choose?

It’s really that simple, folks.

Motivation means doing. Do something. Anything. Except for sitting on the couch watching TV for 5 hours a day (that’s the average in the U.S.). That’s pathetic. Even if you watch 3 hours of TV a night, what’s stopping you from taking just 1 of those hours 4-5 days a week to exercise?

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The answer is…

You.

You’re holding yourself back. Not your busy schedule. Not your kids. Not your job. If you want something badly enough, then you have to be willing to make sacrifices to go and get it. You have 1,440 minutes every day to spend how you choose. Make the choice to take 30-60 minutes in each of those to get some exercise and prepare healthy foods.

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Here are some tips to get you going.

4 Steps for Getting Started

1. Honestly assess your “reasons why.” Knowing what you want is easy for most people. But honestly assessing why you want it is another story. It’s uncomfortable because it exposes your insecurities. So really think about it: why do you want to lose weight? For most people, it’s because they don’t like how they look or feel. They feel nervous to be around others in a bathing suit. They are embarrassed that they’re 20 pounds heavier than they were last year. They are depressed. These feelings are normal. Embrace them. Be honest with yourself. It’s the first step to motivating yourself to lose weight, and one of the most important.

2. Set goals. When you get to the point when you can assess and identify your weight loss triggers and emotional insecurities, it’s time to set some goals for yourself. Start with itty-bitty goals and work your way up… setting unattainable goals is the quickest route to failure. And be specific: for example, one of your goals may be “lose 1 pound in 30 days.”

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3. Formulate a plan. Next, create a game plan for how you’re going to accomplish your goals. The logical first step: get a planner. It can be a desk calendar, a document on your computer, or a physical daily planner you can write in. The important part is to be able to write down your plans for each day and track your progress moving forward. I use a daily planner to create check lists of each healthy behavior I want to accomplish for the day. Then I write down what I did and check that item off the list as I complete it, which leads us to the fourth and final step.

4. Execute the plan. Here’s an example of how to do it: if my goal is to “lose 1 pound in 30 days,” part of my plan to accomplish this would be to “eat 4 or more servings of veggies every day this week.” Every day I would write how I have accomplished that goal (i.e., “ate 3 cups of lettuce, a bag of carrots, and a tomato”). You’ll be amazed at how gratifying this feels to see your progress in action.

So there you have it: the “secret” to getting started with weight loss motivation… is to get started. The question is how will you do that? Let us know below.

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Scott Christ is a writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Pure Food Company.

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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