30-Day Challenge: Get Healthy

Have you ever said, "This year, I'm going to get more exercise"? How about, "My resolution for this year is to eat more vegetables"? Maybe you've said, "This year, I swear I'm quitting sugar!" Every year, we start out with such good intentions but it's so hard to deliver on the promises we make to ourselves, especially related to diet and exercise. And even if we slip back into our bad diet and exercise habits, it doesn't change the fact that we want to better ourselves by getting more exercise … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 7: Summary

There's still a lot that is unknown about motivation because there are an infinite number of variables. But there's also a lot that isn't so mysterious anymore. What trips people up when starting a diet or trying to get regular exercise is often the same kind of things that get in the way of achieving any goal. This series is designed primarily to answer the call from so many people who ask, "How can I stay motivated to lose weight?" or "How can I finally stick to a diet?" or even, "How can I … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 6: Exercise Strategies

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later, and now it's come down to this. As if starting a new diet and sticking with it isn't usually hard enough, now it's time to talk about the "E" word. I know, I know, exercise is about as much fun as a root canal, right? Not so fast! Perhaps we've all been mislead? Maybe there's a better strategy for exercise, just like there is for starting a diet. In fact, there is! But before I jump into this, I want to put exercise in its proper context. Exercise … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 3: Clarity

One of the best ways to lose the motivation to follow through on any goal is by getting confused. If you are confused about any part of your plan, that's where you'll hit a wall. Think about it... this is a long-term goal. After you lose all the weight you desire, you have to stick with a similar healthy lifestyle or risk gaining your weight back. That's where most people fail. They successfully lose 10 or 20 pounds (or more) by jumping, enthusiastically, into an exercise and healthy-eating … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 2: Honesty

Seriously, you're not going to do anything that you don't want to do. So let's not pretend you're excited about going on a diet and starting to exercise if you're not. Before you start any kind of diet and exercise program, it's important to start with a little honesty. Otherwise, everything you do, going forward, is on shaky ground. Not a good place to start. Simple Steps to a Swimsuit Body Ah...nope. That's not what this is about. And if that's the only reason you're reading this, you … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 1: The Big Picture

What's the best way to stay motivated to lose weight and stick to a diet? It's a great question and one that is asked every day by people hoping to finally find a way to do it. But this is not a one-answer-fits-all kind of question because we each have different influences and obstacles to work around. I actually think there's still another question hiding beneath the first one. That is...how do I remove the resistance I feel toward losing weight and exercising? This, I believe, is the … [Read more...]

Piano Staircase – Great Example of How to Change Behavior

"Fun can obviously change behavior for the better." This is Volkswagen's theory about changing behavior and this video is a great example of how they tested and proved their theory. The people at Volkswagen call this "The Fun Theory" Most people struggle to get exercise because it's hard work. We've all heard that it's better to take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, but let's face it, if it were easy, everybody would be doing it. You can see in this video, there was a big … [Read more...]