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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

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

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Last Updated on December 2, 2019

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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