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Entries in weight loss motivation (9)

Tuesday
May262015

8 Weight Loss Milestones (and How to Celebrate Them)

When it comes to weight loss, a slow and steady pace always seems to win the race for long term results and maintenance.

However, that stable pace to the finish line can feel frustrating at times, especially in the beginning of our journeys when motivation and excitement for the ultimate goal is overly "end" focused.

The best way to avoid this frustration is to break up that overarching goal into smaller, “milestone” objectives along the way. Envisioning these in-process milestones (and giving yourself recognition when you meet them!) lets you reward yourself for the small changes and helps keep you on the path.

Below are eight notable milestones I set with my clients. Although each client’s journey is different and often includes additional, unique milestones pertaining to their individual challenges and successes, this list offers some fairly universal but personally meaningful ideas you can write down and commemorate in the journey ahead! 

 

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Thursday
Apr022015

5 Tips for Weight Loss Journaling

What comes to mind when you think of a weight loss journal?

A succession of photos? A food log? Calorie calculations? Daily reflections? Goal visions? A compendium of successes and setbacks along the way?

The truth is, a weight loss journal can be anything you want it to be. Above all, however, it should be a positive resource that helps you strategize for success.

In the midst of your daily workouts and meal planning, a weight loss journal encourages you to take time to connect with yourself, your behavior patterns, and your developing strengths.

Over time, it becomes a record of discovery - discovery of what thinking motivates you, of what strategies work for you, and of what vision directs your new, healthy life. 

 

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Tuesday
Mar102015

7 Ways to Maintain Motivation during a Weight Loss Plateau

Let me first say, I get it. Plateaus can be painful!

Even if we mentally prepare ourselves to expect them on our weight loss journeys, they can still be extremely frustrating when we actually hit one. For many, plateaus prompt self-doubt or even desire to quit the program.

Before we throw in the towel, however, it’s important to understand what a plateau really is as well as the many ways we can overcome one.

Insight into this common part of the weight loss process can help us see past the temporary stumbling block and ahead to the definite progress to come.

 

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Psychology of Successful Weight Loss

When it comes to diet and exercise, the healthy path is clear. We know what comprises the Healthy Way of Eating. We understand the key components of a well-rounded fitness program, and we know the resources that can help us adapt its appropriate progression over time. All this said, our health journeys revolve largely around our mental experience. What external messages and internal self-talk can support us along the way? What psychological strategies can we employ to boost our success?  What habits and practices can spur progress and help us stay on track with our goals? Check out these 5 research findings and the take home messages we can apply to our own weight loss journeys.

 

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Monday
Feb102014

90-Day Primer: Balancing the Basics

With the 90-Day Challenge now underway, many of you are out of the starting gate this week with your in-it-to-win-it strategy. More than the competition itself, you’re committed to come out the other side of the 90 days a healthier, happier you. Reading through our success stories on the Life Time Weight Loss blog, you’ll notice how these men and women have achieved great results. They’ve shown the personal responsibility it takes to start new habits and stick with them. They’ve at times overcome major obstacles with perseverance, discipline and flexibility. It’s not an easy task to say the least. As these stories illustrate, our success depends largely on how we direct our basic resources (time, money, energy, support and psychology). When we acknowledge our personal needs in our health (and competition) journeys, we’re better able to make the best use of those resources and enhance our chance to meet the goals we’ve set.

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Saturday
Jan042014

7 Reasons Support Matters for Weight Loss Motivation

“Don’t go it alone” is tried and true wisdom for weight loss. With the new year upon us, millions of Americans are attempting to lose weight. Unfortunately, most of them will fail simply because they’ll try to do it all on their own. Research consistently shows that people tend to lose more weight and are more likely to keep it off when they have the right support during their weight loss process. In keeping with this insight, consider who can offer you both encouragement and expertise in your journey. For many people, weight-loss inspired support groups can be an imperative tool, while others might also look to coaches or other professionals. Whether you choose group support, an individual coach or a trusted confidant, you’ll benefit from the very beginning. In fact, don’t start without someone in your corner! Below are seven reasons why support is crucial for weight loss! 

 

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Saturday
Aug312013

8 Amazing Ways Your Body Changes As You Lose Weight 

We all have personal motivating factors that help us launch our weight loss journey. For most of us, these reasons usually include ideas like wanting to look better in our swimsuits, fit into our high school jeans or to wear a tighter notch on our belts. Although losing pounds and inches feels absolutely amazing, most of us don’t expect all of the other amazing things that happen in our bodies as we lose weight! Below are eight common--and unexpected--transformations that also happen while we’re busy minding the measurements. Consider them incentive to focus less on the numbers themselves and more on the healthy shifts you will notice in your body over time. Already past your weight loss transformation? Be sure to share the unexpected body changes you experienced along with way!  

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