Do you know what you need to do to get fit, but just don’t have the weight loss motivation to actually make healthy changes to your diet and exercise?
Are you overwhelmed by everything you need to do in order to get healthy?
Do you feel like you just don’t have enough time to workout?
… or enough money to buy expensive health foods?
… or enough time to prepare healthy meals?
What if I told you that the first step to looking hot in your bikini has nothing to do with healthy eating habits or hours at the gym?
The first step to you achieving a healthy, tone, and trim physique starts inside you.
It starts with identifying your weight loss motivation.
When a person tells me that she is not motivated to get healthy, I know that what she is really saying is that she is not taking action to get healthy and lose weight.
- She may know exactly what to eat and exactly which exercises to perform.
- She may have a membership to a nice gym or even sessions with a personal trainer.
- She could have organic meals prepared and delivered to her home.
If she had access to all of these resources, but wasn’t motivated to eat healthy or exercise, she still wouldn’t shed the fat around her midsection.
You not only need to know what to do to get fit, you have to really want to do it. You have to have an urge, desire, or reason to lose weight that is so strong that it drives you to change your behaviors.
Carrots and Sticks
When it comes to motivation, there are two kinds of people in the world. Once you identify what kind of person you are, you’ll be able to use this information to learn how to become and stay motivated to make healthy food choices and not skip out on your workouts.
One type of person is motivated to something she wants to achieve or obtain, just like a donkey will move towards a carrot that is dangling in front of him.
The other type of person is motivated to move away from something she wants to avoid. She is motivated by sticks, much like the stubborn donkey who doesn’t move unless it is beaten with a stick. Another way to look at it is either you are someone who moves towards pleasure or someone who moves away from pain.
How to Identify Your Weight Loss Motivation
In order to determine if you are motivated by pleasure (move toward person) or motivated to avoid pain (move away from person), do the following exercise.
Take the time now to actually write your answers down on paper. Trust me, it will be worth it for you to know whether you are a toward or away from person.
Write your answers to these questions.
- What do you want in a car?
- Why do you brush your teeth?
- Why do you want to lose weight?
Look over your answers. You are a move toward person if your responses tell what you want.
You are an move away from person if your responses tell what you don’t want.
If your responses include both what you want and what you don’t want, put a star by the response that is the highest priority or has a stronger emotion attached to it.
Use this answer as your basis for determining whether you are move toward or move away from.
Here are more examples of move toward and move away from motivations to lose weight.
If you still can’t decide, you may be a combination of both types. In some circumstances you are motivated to move towards what you want and in other circumstances, you are motivated to move away from what you don’t want. You will respond to both carrots and sticks.