Health and Weight Loss: More Important Than a Specific Diet – Step One!
Guest Post by Ann Musico
So many people begin a weight loss plan full of energy, enthusiasm and discipline. That may last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending on their progress, level of determination and what success they enjoy. Many reach their “goal” weight – celebrate with the junk food they love best and gradually slip right back into their old habits – regaining what they lost and often even more.
What causes this loss of that initial enthusiasm? From my own personal experience and from working with clients I believe it comes down to not having a compelling reason. What I mean by that is this: your goal may be to lose 20, 30 or 50 lbs or to get into a size 6, 10 or 12. That’s what I consider your “superficial” goal. If someone asked you why you were on a particular weight loss plan, you might say, “To lose 20 lbs.” But that’s not the compelling reason. Why do you want to lose the 20 lbs? Is it to be able to climb stairs without getting out of breath; to avoid developing diabetes like your mother; to have energy to play with your children or grandchildren; to travel with your spouse; to be healthy and energetic, to look amazing for your age? You must establish a clear, very personal goal you are passionate about.
Once you do this, you will find it much easier to stay inspired and motivated. Also, be willing to stay flexible and make adjustments, to change things up as you find what works well for you and what doesn’t. Different things work at different times. Life is not static and neither is your body or your health!
So before you begin Today’s the Day or any other plan you feel will be one you can incorporate into your daily life long-term, take the time to find your own compelling why. It can be the difference between losing a few pounds and then gaining them right back or keeping them off long-term and making lifestyle changes rather than just going on a diet.
What is your compelling why – for losing weight or for maintaining healthy weight?
Ann Musico is a holistic health coach who works with women of all ages to empower them to exemplify lives of vibrant health and wholeness – spirit, soul and body – in a way that is simple and effective, in order to be a positive influence in their world. Her focus is on nutrition, detox and healthy, long term weight loss because she believes those areas are most often the root cause of so many other problems. And she addresses them not only from the physical but also the spirit and soul as well, which are often overlooked. Learn more at http://www.threedimensionalvitality.com