Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 7: Summary

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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

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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 5: More Diet Strategies

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In the last article, I shared the No-Resistance Diet Strategy. If that's not the easiest way (ever!) to start a diet, I'll eat your zero-calorie hat. I think the benefits of starting a diet slowly are pretty obvious. I like to think of it as a way to start eating healthy by NOT eating healthy. Even though you're actually eating some healthy foods, you still get to have your cake and eat it too! This plan allows you to smoothly merge into healthier eating without feeling deprived, without feeling … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 4: Diet Strategies

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Before I introduce the easiest way (ever!) to start a diet and stay on it, I want to make something very clear. Your success in sticking to a diet to lose weight depends on how easy it is to keep yourself eating more healthy foods than unhealthy foods. That's common sense, right? But inevitably, you're going to face weak moments where you could give in to temptation and eat something you shouldn't. But why does this happen? The path of least resistance Imagine a river that's near the … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 3: Clarity

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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

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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

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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...]