5 Ways YOU Can Win with Weight Loss This Year!
The launching of a new year is always an exciting time for us! We will coach many people toward achieving their “New Year’s Resolutions” – since many will be focused on health and wellness goals.
Like us, you have probably seen real-life evidence (over and over) of the fact that there are ingredients beyond a particular program, product, service, etc. which dictate and determine the outcomes people achieve.
As a new year starts, it’s important to bear in mind that we all have the same number of days and hours to live, work, play and produce results. If you are aiming to lose weight this year, the outcome you experience will come down to a few small variables that will create BIG differences. William Clement Stone is credited with this statement:
"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it’s positive or negative”.
This statement holds true in any area of life, in our opinion. With this in mind, we want to share “5 Ways” for you to think and live which will help you successfully lose weight in 2022 … and enjoy a winning year overall.
Way #1: Think BIG! In a weight loss program, you’d think we would say “think small”, but we are not talking about size here. We’re talking about your goals and what’s possible for you. Activate Metabolics founder and developer, Dr. Damon Walton, frequently reminds us that BIG THINKING IS FREE! It takes no more energy or time to think big rather than thinking small. If you never imagine or aim for something big, you will never achieve something big (i.e. a weight loss goal!).
We have observed that many people are trained to think small and conservative when it comes to their weight loss and wellness. Maybe people around you (friends, family, co-workers, doctors, etc.) mean well by things they say or imply? But don’t let them squelch your dreams and goals. Don’t let fear get in your way. When it comes to your weight loss goals, go ahead and think big. Dream it. See it. Think it. It’s free!
Way #2: Control your destiny with your decisions. Ralph Waldo Emerson said:
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be”.
We each make tens of thousands of decisions every day. Some are conscious. Others are unconscious. We believe that the “direction” we go each day – and therefore, in our life (destiny) begins with our decisions. It’s fascinating, but we really can DECIDE what to aim for in life … and who to BE in life … and how to LIVE life … and how to EAT … and more! In fact, it’s been said that our greatest power is the power to CHOOSE!
Our challenge for you this year is to stay “in the moment”. Live consciously. Decide today to be the best YOU possible! Stop delaying decisions. At the same time, think about the future – and how today’s decisions will affect it. It’s been said,
“Some people make the future. Most wait for the future to make them”.
The future is yours to design! The CHOICE is simple: Will you be a future maker …or will you allow the results of the future (overweight, obesity, serious diagnoses, more meds, etc.) to make you? Our day-to-day focus is to help individuals make good decisions as it relates to reaching and maintaining their healthy weight and state of living.
Way #3: Pre-pare. Notice the first part of that word is “PRE”. That means before; in advance. Remember this:
“Your preparation today determines your success tomorrow”.
This saying is worth posting in places where you will routinely be reminded. Drill it into your mind! It’s so important to realize that the results we see, feel and observe in our lives right now are the result of our preparation (OR the lack thereof!) for days, weeks, months or even years earlier. We point this out routinely with our clients. Whether it’s great results we are celebrating or challenges we are battling, the answer typically lies in this principle of preparation. It shows up in many ways and we must continually check and assist them by asking things like ...
Have you PRE-determined the “WHY” of your weight loss goal? How does it truly matter in your life? We say all the time that the WHY is more important than the number on a scale. Your WHY may be the desire to be able do more, to feel better, to enjoy those in your life more or a variety of other meaningful motives. No matter what it is, knowing and focusing on that WHY on a consistent basis will, indeed, determine if you enjoy the desired result as you live out your tomorrows.
Have you PRE-planned your food selections and shopping? Or have you wondered aimlessly through the store and grabbed whatever tickles your fancy that day? (Side note: be aware that grocery stores spend millions of dollars to research and strategically place items for this exact result!).
Have you PRE-pared your food and meals in advance? RE-active and last-minute decisions often result in people being “stuck” with virtually no good options.
Do you have a plan and PRE-determination of what to eat and how it affects your metabolism? If a person is PRE-pared with knowledge and understanding, that plan gets much easier to follow.
If a client is off track with their weight loss journey, we can almost guarantee there is an area they have failed to PRE-pare … and they are paying the price now. It’s always a tough lesson to learn, but if you want success down the road, NOW is the time to PRE-pare for that.
Way #4: Self Correct. Behavior and habits lead to success. Once we determine the end-point we want to attain, it’s usually fairly easy to see the behaviors that will be necessary. The required actions that must be consistently done (or not done) are pretty clear. The habits that must be shaped are evident. Typically, people know in their gut if certain habits and behaviors are contributing to (or taking away from) their weight loss success. Richard Flint, a speaker, author and motivator always says:
“Behavior never lies.”
In other words, it doesn’t matter what you SAY you will do, or “intend” to do. It all comes down to what you really DO day in and day out (habitually). As we start a new year, take time for a little self-evaluation. If you don’t like what you are getting, look closer at your habits and behaviors. Correct as needed. No matter where you are in your weight loss and wellness journey, the discipline of “self-correction” is crucial.
Way #5: Tackle Tolerations. We speak about this SO often because it’s SO critical in weight loss. To tolerate is defined in Webster’s dictionary this way: to endure or put up with. “Tolerations” are things we allow to exist at less than the desired level; un-wanted habits and results we allow to persist without properly addressing and/or resolving.
The simple example we like to share is someone training for a marathon. They have a training regimen or steps they must take to complete that run as they wish. If their training gets sloppy or off track, there will likely be trouble on race day. If they miss a day or two of training during one week yet get back on track quickly, they will likely be fine. It’s when that happens over and over that their desired finish time may not be met. Or they may not even finish the race at all.
The same thing is true in weight control. There are clear and proven steps that should be taken. If a person fails to take a proper step one meal, one day or even one week, it’s probably not too big of a deal. But, when he/she tolerates not eating on course week after week, month after month and ultimately year after year, their results are not typically what they want or thought they would be.
Tolerations lead to weight challenges, frustrations, diagnoses and ultimately limitations in life. Tolerations bog down and derail too many weight loss attempts. This year choose to eliminate the things you are tolerating and finish “the race” like you want to!
Here’s the bottom line: 2022 CAN be the year you hit your weight loss goals. It’s up to you. Choose to win!