Well, there's something the diet industry doesn't want you to know. There's much more involved than just the diet product or program the person used to lose the weight or make the lifestyle change.
Simply look into the eyes of any person in their "before" picture and you'll see that they are incredibly frustrated with there current situation. Their body is no longer theirs and they are ready to make a change.
In any "after" picture you'll see the happiness in their face. It's called satisfaction. They have achieved their goals and now live in the body that they decided they could accept. What an amazing feeling that is.
Are you still living life in your "before" body?
We all have obstacles that get in your way – our schedule, our job, our kids, being on the internet late into the night, our knee injury from college…but ultimately we have the body that we accept.
Let's be realistic here, we all have the bodies that we accept. We have the capability of changing our current situation. What are you willing to do to change your current situation?
Make the shift from your "Before" to your "After"
Did you know that you already posses everything you need to transition your body into your "after"? It all starts with taking responsibility for the body that you have today.
Take responsibility for the fact that you're in your current shape because, until this moment, you've been OK with it. I completely understand that you're not excited with this and talk with friends and family about losing weight and working out, but ask yourself - have you changed what you'll accept? Quite honestly, you have to be irritated to make a change. You have to be fed up with feeling crappy, uncomfortable, and frustrated by the way you look and feel. Do you feel that way?
If so, follow the following steps to begin making positive changes in YOUR life:
Step One: Be okay with feeling irritated, but this time, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT
The fact is, emotion creates motion. This is essential when it comes to personal transformation. Just like the happy and successful people you see in "before" pictures, to transform your body you must first decide that you can't live another day in the body you currently have.
Begin making a list of all the reasons that you're ready to lose weight and get fit. If you are so inclined, I encourage you to send them to me. Statistics show that sharing your "why" with a coach or friend makes you 2 times more likely to follow through with your intention. I also encourage you to talk closely with a trusted confidant. Allow yourself to get irritated with your current situation and make it known to those close to you.
Step Two: Decide What You Want and What You are Willing to Do to Get It
Without doing this, you will never get where you want to go. It is imperative that you set goals - write them down and post them in multiple places. Read them each day - multiple times per day. Include in your goals how you are going to feel when you reach your goals and what you are going to look like. Set specific goals such as "Steve lost 70 lbs," or "Shelley lost 8 inches from her waist," or Sarah went from a size 20 to a size 4."
Step Three: Take Action
The time spent between your inspiration (now) and taking action determines whether you will succeed or fail. Don't allow yourself to get stuck between inspiration and action - there's a reason you've read to this point.
Not quite to the point of being irritated with your current situation? Try these ideas to get yourself from thinking about it to taking action:
1. Go shopping for a bathing suit, new jeans or try something on that doesn't currently fit you that you'd soon like to wear again.
2. Try on all of your "skinny" clothes - find your favorites and hang them up somewhere where you'll see them each day.
3. Look at old pictures from when you were in better shape - enlarge one and put on your refrigerator and in your car.
4. Go to your doctor for a physical - reminder...you'll be weighed.
When you're ready, feel free to contact me to take action by emailing or calling me to set up your
initial nutrition consultation. I look forward to hearing from you!
Alissa Robertson, MS, RD