Hope Wissel, Weigh to Goal

Your Why

easter basket filled

SURPRISE!  This is not about your business WHY, it is about your WHY for any goal you set.  Today, it is about your weightless goal or journey.

Is the Easter candy gone?  Do you fear that the effects will linger for a few days or even weeks, right?  Maybe you are beating yourself up for “relapsing” into the chocolate nirvana?  Maybe you are trying to figure out how to get back on track?

TRUTH:  My favorite Easter candy was always “stale” Peeps.  I know, crazy, right?  I was excited that they only came around once a year and I allowed for them as I traveled my weightless journey.  Fast forward to goal and maintenance.  NOW the dreaded Peeps are around every corner and available all year long.  The excitement has worn off but the habit is still there.  So I need to remember why I wanted to reach and maintain goal weight.

If it was due to a health crisis, I would do whatever it took to maintain my weight.  I would avoid the trigger foods that would send me on a binge.  The reality is that I don’t have a health crisis.  I just have lost my motivation.  As long as I stay in a certain weight range, I fit into my jeans and feel pretty good so why worry, right?

But what is the real reason that I want to maintain my weight and maybe even creep a little lower than my goal weight?  When I see the numbers on the scale reach a certain point I feel good: emotionally, mentally and physically.   It motivates me to eat healthy, drink more water and now that the weather is turning, maybe even start walking again.  My outlook changes and I feel like I can do anything, and I know you feel the same way.

So here are three steps that will help you right now:

1. Find your why — Why do you want to lose weight? Is it to improve your health, reduce stress, sleep better or set an example for your kids? Figure out the “why” behind your decision to make it a priority in your life.

2. Make it fun — “No pain, no gain!” is so NOT true.  Try new foods.  Make your plate colorful with lots of veggie.  Allow yourself a treat that fits into your weightless program.  Find activity that you enjoy, like: biking, walking, swimming, yoga, paddle boarding, belly dancing, rollerblading, jogging… Team up with a friend and work together.

3. Plan — Plan your meals.  Schedule your exercise.  Don’t try to change EVERYTHING at one time.  Planning doesn’t need to take a lot of time.  If you are a schedule person, take 10 minutes at night to plan the meals for the next day.  Pack your lunch for work.  Schedule activity at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes.  Talk a walk at lunch time.  Park further away when grocery shopping.  Pull out your calendar right now and start planning.

There’s nothing more empowering than taking control of your life. Choose to be decisive and, selfish. Feel good, look good, and set an example for your children.

Who is ready to take charge on their weightless journey?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!