Friday, May 23, 2014
How Do I Find Motivation to Lose Weight and Then Keep It Off?
The most common thing people want to know about my weight loss and transformation is, after all these years, how do I stay motivated. I would love to figure it all out myself! I often have wished I would be the one to find that million dollar answer to this most popular question, "How do I lose weight and keep it off?".
I started to think of a better way articulate the question....."How do I find the motivation to change my overweight condition, and then stay motivated?", and that's when it all made sense. It's not about motivation, it's about change.
The nature of motivation comes and goes, but you can make change permanent. What you need to do is to turn the change into habit, because habits are automatic behaviors that you don't ever have to think about, and they will continue on if and when the motivation wanes! No motivation required! Those new habits make it all a done deal.
Oh my God....I think I just discovered the answer!
This all started when I decided to take a deeper look at, and reverse engineer, my own successful permanent weight loss of over 100lbs for almost 10 years now, and I found some interesting consistencies. I had no idea I would figure it out so quickly! I was kind of kidding about discovering the answer, but I'm serious at the same time. Kidding because I'm not the first person to look in the direction of behavior and habit and think along these lines, but yet I am serious in the fact that I figured out how I did it, I discovered the answers for me, and maybe I can help you find the answers for you.
I was so excited and confident about these discoveries that at the last minute (actually a couple of weeks prior) I asked Dan Lona, my host for The Swing Quest Chicago, if I could use the hour in between the two workouts on Saturday to share my thoughts and opinions about losing weight and keeping it off. I want people that need and want to lose weight to lose it! I really really do! Sometimes I ask myself why do I care so much because I can go along in my life saving a ton of energy not worrying about anybody else. But in a weird kind of way I get energy by talking and writing about this subject. The subject is not necessarily weight loss, instead I think it's about freedom, because when I talk about being free I feel free! Freedom, whether it comes in the form of losing weight or anything else that might be keeping you from enjoying your life more fully, comes down to finding the motivation to change a situation that's been making you feel trapped, exhausted, and helpless. I had never talked in deep detail about this subject outside of my regular circle of friends and clients before and I really didn't have a plan, I simply tried to start at the beginning!
The beginning; the very first thing I did, the biggest change I made, was that I started making all of my own foods/meals....ALL of them. For the first 1 1/2 years I never ate any foods or meals that did not come out of my own kitchen. I remember quite clearly the first meal I reluctantly had to eat out, it was during my April 2006 Kettlebell Instructor Certification in St Paul, and only because I was away from home and I didn't have a choice! When I got home I resumed only eating my own homemade foods..... Is the answer to make all of your own foods/meals? Well, it may or may not be. Home cooking was not the reason for my success as much as it was the habit of home cooked and prepared meals. Next I'll write more about this first step/change and how it was a big part my answer relevant to what was causing my "overweightness" in the first place.
I'll stop here for now because cannot possibly write one blog post containing all I know and all I am experiencing through my recent discoveries but I think this is a good start! I invite and welcome your comments and questions, in fact it's your interest in this subject that motivates me to share more, so please don't be shy. You may have something to offer another reader or you may have a question some one else is wondering about too!
Life is Good.