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May 9, 2011

Motivational Weight Loss Tips

With the recent glorious spell of weather, spring has truly sprung and summer is well on its way.  Many of us are looking forward to long, lazy summer evenings, BBQs, outdoor living and those all important summer holidays which often means exposing bits of us which have been under wraps since the end of last summer! 

So, perhaps you just want to tone up a bit, shed a few pounds or maybe you’re keen to work towards a longer term gradual weight loss to enable you to reach your ideal weight.  Whatever your end goal, the key to your success is motivation. 

Deviating slightly for a minute, I’d like to tell you about a fantastic training day I attended back in March to progress my Forever Living Products business, led by Bill Woods, one of the top FLP Distributors in the UK.  Bill couldn’t stress enough the importance of “self discipline” and “desire” –  both of which are now my daily mantra!  Discipline and desire = success – not just in business but also in achieving one’s target weight.  Think about it – it really equates to motivation.  You might think you’re motivated about losing weight – but are you really?

Consider “who’s idea is it?”  Is it your partner’s, your mum’s, a health professional’s, celebrity magazine’s…….?

The first thing you need to decide is that you are taking action to achieve your target weight because you are choosing to!  YOU!  Nobody else!  You must take ownership of  this decision – or your motivation will quickly wane.

Secondly, you must work out clearly your “WHY”.  In other words, why are you motivated to fitten up – what’s in it for you?  What are the benefits, what will happen if you don’t?  Try answering these 4 questions spontaneously,  in the following order, writing down what you come up with:

1.  What will happen if I do achieve my target weight?

2.  What won’t happen if I do achieve my target weight?

3.  What will happen if I don’t achieve my target weight?

4.  What won’t happen if I don’t achieve my target weight?

After each question ask yourself “and what else”.

These questions might seem a bit weird but trust me, they will help you explore effects, consequences and outcomes when making such a decision.

How much do you really desire achieving your goal?  Your desire has to be passionate, you want it so much you ache!  If it just seems like a good idea – that will not be enough to keep you going beyond that initial motivational surge.  Desire is what will keep you going when will power won’t!

My Top 5 Motivational Weight Loss Tips

1. Following on from answering the 4 questions above, list all your reasons for wanting to reach your target weight/eat healthily/exercise regularly etc.  When you think you’re done, add at least another 3 reasons.  Keep adding to your list whenever you think of more reasons.  Position your list where you will see it first thing in the morning, last thing at night.

2.  Write down your end goal, and write it so it is personal, precise, in the present tense and with a definite (realistic but challenging) time frame.  Then write down mini goals along the way (again personal, precise, present tense and time framed).  Finally, write down one first step/action you can take today, to move you forward towards your goal.  Keep your written goals to hand, read them daily.

3.  Visualise success. Make your success believable.  Every day spend a few minutes visualising and enjoying your success.  How fantastic will you look when you reach your mini goals and end goal?  What will your friends be saying to you?  What will you be saying to yourself?  How will your clothes be looking on you?  What will you be feeling?  What will you be doing?  If you think you can’t visualise, consider the colour of your front door/car etc.  If you know that, you can visualise and practice makes perfect!

4.  To maintain longer term focus, plan “special dates” through the year for which you want to be looking and feeling great – eg. your birthday, Valentine’s Day, summer holiday, special party, Xmas etc. Plot out your target weight for each event, (making sure it is realistic) and use each event as a major goal in itself.  Use this technique to also encourage weight maintenance by ensuring you stay the same weight for each special date.

5.  Get your sub-conscious on board!  Try motivational CDs which also includes self hypnosis (I like some of Glen Harrold’s). For my own coaching clients I have, on occasions, created personalised guided visualisations/relaxations.  If you know that you eat when stressed, then try a stress management CD.  Listen to it at least once a day for at least 3 weeks, thereafter keep listening regularly.

Of course there are many more tips I could suggest, the 5 above are just to get you started – what else can you come up with yourself?

Why not get in touch to discuss the benefits of 1-1 coaching with me to really get you on track and keep you on track? 

Take a look at Forever Living Products’s brand new website http://www.nutri-lean.net and find out how Clean 9 and Nutri-Lean could help you kick start your healthy living lifestyle.  Please do email or phone me if I can be of further help to you.

And finally…..

Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time – Mark Twain

You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be – David Viscott

May the motivation be and remain with you!

Warm wishes,

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