Solving the Puzzle of Motivation

“Hello, Mrs. Susan, how’s your eating going?”

“Well, it’s alright, I ate too much at lunch yesterday. I went out to eat with a couple of women from the office and I got carried away.”

This scenario is way too common with our clients who are looking to lose weight. You won’t lose weight if you eat too much! But oftentimes, there’s something else going on here. The client says he or she wants to lose weight, but their actions tell a different story. There’s no real desire. There’s no hope. There’s no motivation. How do we change that?

In the above video Scott Geller talks about the psychology of self motivation. He goes over several points and questions that you can ask yourself right now.

The first question: can you do it? Can you lose weight? Well, what does that mean? How do we get there? Can you strength train at least twice a week? Many of you do. Can you be active the other days? A 20-30 minute walk or a bike ride will work. Can you control your eating? This is the hard part. Here are some tips: start a food journal, make it easy to record your eating and plan ahead. Make it easy by making a menu that you follow each day or week, or have several meals that you rotate through that you already know the portions, calories and macronutrients. I eat the same thing every day for breakfast, it’s one third of my daily caloric need, and I prepare all of it Sunday afternoon. When I wake up in the morning I grab it all from my fridge and pantry, and write “breakfast of champions” in my food journal with all of the calories and macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat). Plan ahead so that you’re not stuck in a bind and end up putting yourself in a position where you overeat, such as going out or scavenging in the fridge.

So, we know you can strength train, we know you can be active, and we know you can control your eating. Question #1: done.

The second question: will it work? Yes! All the time we see people at Rock Solid change their bodies and their lives. Whenever I ask someone who’s lost a bunch of weight how they did it, it’s always the same answer: “Well, I ate less, and I exercised.” It’s not rocket science! If you eat less, exercise, and you are consistent it WILL work!

The third question: is it worth it? Is it worth changing your habits to help you lose weight? I will let you answer this. Will it be easier to get up and down from the ground? Will your back and your knees feel better when they’re carrying 30 less pounds? Will your clothes fit better? Will you be more proud of the way you look? Will it feel great when people come up to you and ask, hey, did you lose weight? Will you be healthier? Will you still be prediabetic? Will you still have high blood pressure?

You’ve answered these three questions: you know you can do it, you know it will work, and you know it’s worth it. You are now empowered to make healthier choices and change your habits so that you can finally lose that extra weight and become healthier. But there’s another tip Scott mentions in his speech. Get involved in a community. You can do that at Rock Solid where we’re all working hard to reach our goals. You can start a breakfast club at work where you and your coworkers eat breakfast together and get your day started off on the right foot. You can start walking the Causeway in the evening with your family or friends. The importance of being in community cannot be stressed enough. You can do it!

 

P.S. Rock Solid is teaching an Accelerated Fat Loss course in a few weeks if you need help with finding a community to hold you accountable, or answering the questions can you do it? Will it work? And is it worth it? Give us a call at 727-282-1800 or shoot us an email for more information.


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