We often approach weight loss wanting to change our bodies, and we know that we need to make changes in our lives to do it. So we take a fitness programme or a diet that we know worked for someone else, and try to squeeze it into our own lives, which often doesn’t work.
How about looking at it differently? How about changing your life and letting your body respond? So that you’re implementing changes that work in your life. By doing this, you’re no longer solely focusing on weight loss, but instead on the actions you need to get you there – For example, how many times a week you can commit to exercise and the changes you can make to what and how you eat. This requires the ability to focus on what you’re doing now rather than looking into the future, and the key to doing that is to set new goals for yourself.
In order to have the motivation to work towards your goals, it’s important that they are meaningful to you. So, you may want a flatter tummy, but how much does that really mean to you? In thinking about your life and the things you want to accomplish every day, what other fitness goals would have more meaning for you? If you believed that exercise would boost your energy levels helping you to accomplish more each day, would you be more motivated to do it? What if it could reduce tension, would that encourage you to do it?
Taking the focus off weight loss may help you to see all of the ways that exercise could make your life better. Here are some ideas for meaningful goals that have nothing to do with weight loss:
- Having more energy to do what you have to do every day.
- Getting more, and better quality, sleep each night.
- Being more alert and able to concentrate.
- Becoming a good role model for your family.
- Improving your body image.
- Providing a real sense of accomplishment.
- Reducing the tension and anxiety caused by stress.
- Keeping your body strong, and balanced as you get older.
Sometimes even the smallest of life changes will assure satisfying long-term results. Change your life, and your body will change too.