Can you really think yourself thin? Yes. Can you consciously, or even unconsciously, think your way to achieving and maintaining a healthy, ideal weight? Most certainly. Does it take commitment, perseverance and a willingness to get up and dust yourself off every time you fall off the horse and get right back on again? Yes, it certainly does. Remember “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” (William Arthur Ward)
Over the past couple of months I’ve written a series of six posts to help you in your quest. Here’s a quick summary:
#1 “Diet” is a Dirty Word – does the word diet conjure up pictures of starvation, self-control (or lack of), abstinence, falling off the wagon, misery, lettuce leaves, excuses? Do the words disaster and failure pop into your head too? Did you know that it’s estimated that almost 60% of adults want to lose weight? The hard fact of life is DIETS DON’T WORK!
#2 Set Your Goal – What are you aiming for, what is your goal, what is your desired outcome? Define it with these 6 questions so that it’s so compelling, so motivating, and so inspiring that you’ll persevere until you succeed.
#3 Put the Pedal to the Metal – it’s time to get REAL. Start to acknowledge consciously what you really put in your mouth each day by keeping a food and drink diary. Honesty is king, so make sure you record everything. When you’re done look for patterns in when you eat and what you eat. Take action.
#4 Whether You believe You Can or You Can’t – You’re Right! – dump all those reasons and excuses on why you couldn’t, didn’t, wouldn’t, or shouldn’t. Take responsibility and get on with it!
#5 4 Golden Food/Eating Rules – follow these simple rules and it’s going to be as easy as pie.
- Eat ONLY when you’re hungry
- Eat what you WANT
- Eat CONSCIOUSLY and enjoy every mouthful –
- Stop when you think you’re FULL
#6 9 Great Exercise Tips – use these tips and tricks to start exercising, build it into your life and to keep it going.
Now it’s up to you. “The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all – doing nothing.” (Benjamin Franklin)
Whatever your goal, both it and the outcomes that will be generated, need to be desirable, utterly compelling AND inspiring. As Tony Robbins says “People are not lazy, they simply have impotent goals….that is….goals that do not inspire them.” Half-baked and half-hearted ideas just won’t cut it.
But if you don’t take action, then what’s the point in even setting a goal? You might as well keep right on bitching, grumbling and making excuse after excuse that you’re overweight, as you’ve already done for way too long… In the words of one of my very first posts – don’t just sit there!
So tell me, what will inspire you to take action to achieve your ideal weight? Or what tips can you offer others to help them achieve success?
If you have any feedback on this series of posts please do let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, successes and not so big successes!
[Picture credits – all Microsoft ClipArt,except for the fitness image which is GATEHOUSE THIRTEEN]
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