As we’re trying to trim down our bellies hips and thighs, it’s good to have some weight loss motivation that we can hold onto when times get hard.
Imagine yourself in 15 years from now. Scary thought I know but just do it. What will you be doing? What kind of physical shape will you be in? My mother always said to me, if I feel like I do now, if I don’t do anything about it, I’m only going to feel worse in 5 years.
I wanted to stretch that out a bit to 15 years. That’s a significant amount of time but still short enough to envision in a real way. 30 years from now seems kind of hard to imagine. 5 years from now we’ll be pretty much the same.
Are you going to be able to play the sports you love and participate with your kids? I like the analyogy of a boat setting sail. If you take two boats setting sail from the exact same port but they are 1 degree off, it doesn’t seem like that much of a difference right? You won’t see that much of a difference in their locations even 25 or 50 miles out to sea. But the farther they go the more pronounced their location is. Pretty soon one boat is in Japan and the other boat is near Australia.
The point I’m trying to make is small and seemingly mundane daily habits make a profound difference (especially as we age) in the types of people that we become and how we function later on in life.
Negative Weight Loss Motivation:
In 2008 cancer overtook heart disease as the number one cause of death in Americans. Between the two, you’re almost guaranteed a gonner. Many people have made a correlation between cancer and obesity. Let’s just say, your chances of getting cancer increase if you’re overweight.
Why not be proactive and get some weight loss motivation now so that you don’t get cancer later on in life?
The amount of fat that stores on your body and in your arteries make it very difficult for your heart to pump properly. By the way, eating fat doesn’t make you fat. Heart disease and clogged arteries is mainly caused by inflammation from eating too much sugar in the form of processed carbohydrates like pasta, bread, pizza, spaghetti and all white flour products.
Need some weight loss motivation? How about not having a heart attack? As a by product of eating cleaner and more healthy, you’ll lose weight. Sounds great doesn’t it?
As with cancer and heart disease, diabetes is another monster subject that has many causes. In addition to the foods I mentioned above, you should replace foods like chips, crackers, cakes and bad carbohydrates with fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and meat.
Positive Weight Loss Motivation:
Imagine getting into your skinny jeans again. You can put on your bikini or swim trunks and walk on the beach and turn heads. What a feeling that would be.
While other people are 73 and in rest homes, you’re writing books about health, giving lectures and having the best time ever like Mimi Kirk. How about living until you’re 100 or 110 totally healthy and totally with it. You can do it, but only if you start to change your health game now. Having longevity as your weight loss motivation is going to keep you making good healthy food choices even 15 years from now. Losing 5 pounds isn’t going to be enough weight loss motivation for you to stick to a diet plan.
Keep Up With “Kids” Half Your Age
Imagine being 50 and playing a pickup game of basketball with a bunch of 25 year olds and actually outplaying them? Think it’s not possible? Think again. But it’s only possible if you make small changes to your daily health disciplines starting now.
Be Respected And Admired
When people see how much of a physical and emotional transformation you’ve made they’ll want to ask you all about it. They’ll ask you for advice and for motivation. They’ll be quizzing you on what diet works for you and they’ll want to emulate what you did. Want to be in inspiration for others? How about using respect and admiraion as your weight loss motivation so that you can help other people reach their goals?
Weight Loss Motivation How To:
Okay so we’ve talked about how your possible future scenarious might or might not play out based upon the decisions you make today. But let’s get into some practical ideas for some weight loss motivation.
It’s important to take this journey to weight loss very slowly. The body doesn’t like to be shocked. When you take your process very slowly, it allows the body to constantly recalibrate a new level of homeostasis. When you change your eating patterns your body needs to get used to the metabolic and caloric changes and needs time to do so.
So let’s say that your main vice is pizza and you would normally have 3-5 slices at a sitting. If you reach your weight loss goal you might consider allowing yourself 1 slice along with a healthy salad and some enzymes and hydrochloric acid supplements with your meal to help you digest this food. This way you can not feel so deprived and in starvation mode all the time.
Set Small Goals
Rather than setting physical goals like “I want to lose ten pounds in 1 week”, set a lifestyle goal of, “This week I will only have pasta or wheat products of any kind 2 times this week and I won’t eat after 6pm.” When you focus on lifestyles and habits (clearly it was the wrong habits and cravings that got you into this mess to begin with) for goals instead of the number of pounds you lose, you see two things start to happen.
You reach your goals much easier which gives you more motivation and makes you feel good, but you get a side beneift of losing the weight as well.
Be Kind And Gentle, Soft And Allowing
It’s critical that you get your weight loss motivation from the long term goal rather than short term weight loss. It took you years to get to the size you are now, don’t try to lose it all in 4 months. It’s not healthy. Plus if you think this way, you’re going down the wrong path. Focus on the big picture. Remember what we talked about above? 15 years from now, what do you want your life to be like? Focus on that.
So here’s what it looks like. Don’t yo yo diet. Don’t smash yourself with guilt if you binge eat and throw down 4 slices of pizza and 4 scoops of ice cream. What you have to do is setup some simple health practices that will help you reach your goals.
So what do these “health practices” look like?
Force yourself to add foods in rather than taking foods away. People get this all backwards. They tell themselves, “I can’t have cake. I can’t have coffee. I can’t eat pasta” and the list goes on. If that’s you it’s time to turn it all around. Focus on adding healthy foods in. What does that look like? Perhaps you grab that juicer that’s collecting dust in your pantry.
Tell yourself you’re going to have 1 vegetable juice a day with green apples, celery, romaine lettuce, cucumber and som lemon. Get into the habit of doing that once per day and keep your regular diet. Do this for a week or two. Then maybe add in a smoothie in the morning or evening. In your smoothie you can have some fruit, avocoado (trust me it thickens it up and keeps you full for hours), and berries. Then do these two disciplines each day.
Then tell yourself you’re going to take enzymes with each meal, no matter what you eat. Then tell yourself you’re going to have a salad with each meal, no matter what. Let’s say you did all that and you still want that cake, go for it. Even though you could have made a better choice, it’s not about deprivation, it’s about enjoying life and installing daily disciplines to get you to your goal. Remember, you want to end up in Australia, not Japan.
Always employ these disciplines BEFORE you eat less than optimal food, i.e. pasta and pizza.
When you keep slowly adding these disciplines while enjoying the process you’ll start to notice something changing. Your stomach is only so big. There’s not enough room for all this food and you’ll start noticing your cravings and addictions changing over time. Talk about weight loss motivation.
Here are some of my favorite daily health disciplines:
- Have a salad with each meal
- Have some enzymes, hydrochloric acid supplements and Braggs apple cider vinegar with each meal
- Don’t eat past 7pm
- Stretch or do yoga every day
- Weightlift each day
- Go for a walk each day
- 1 superfood smoothie each day
- 1 green vegetable juice each day
- Food combine properly on all my meals
- Never cook my oils
- Chew my food more than I normally do
- Drink lots of water, preferably first thing in the morning
Imagine not even desiring to eat unhealthy foods? There would be no struggle, no guilt and no shame. You can read my diet page to find out what I eat but I have zero desire to eat bad foods. None. I used to be a carb junky and chocolate chip cookie fanatic. I don’t even look at those as food options any more. It took me 8 years to slowly change my habits (2003 to 2011).
But the best part is there’s no struggle because my cravings changed. The best part is, if I can do it, so can you. They key is taking your time.