I love watching all the popular weight loss shows, but probably not for the reason you think. I don’t need to learn any new tricks or workout methods that are going to help me or help teach my clients what to do. I know what works and that is not extreme exercise or eating too few calories! The reason why I enjoy the shows is because I love hearing the stories behind each person – everyone has a story. And what I love most is seeing the changes in each contestant along the way.
The greatest change anyone can make is to believe in themselves. The contestants start to see the little changes add up into big changes and before you know it, *BAM*, they have confidence like you’ve never seen before. They begin to love themselves and believe in themselves again. They believe in their ability to change, their ability to perform the exercises given, their ability to exercise control over what they put in their mouth, their ability to wear smaller clothing, etc. It’s so powerful to change your beliefs, but that can be difficult to do. However, once you do, it creates momentum that you can use to keep on going and dream bigger, dreaming in a way that you never knew how to do before.
A friend posted today that she was trying to get the motivation back again to get back on a healthy path. My suggestion is to do the little things that will give you some momentum and to focus on the non-scale victories (NSV). What’s a NSV you might ask? It is any victory that does not require stepping on a scale. The scale lies! It doesn’t tell you the true story with what’s going on in your body. If I were to listen to mine, I would have believed that I gained 2 pounds of fat since yesterday. While I did “gain” 2 pounds, it wasn’t fat! I use my scale as a data point along with many other data points.
Here are a few NSVs: drinking 8 ounces more water than you did yesterday, adding another serving of veggies to your meal plan, wearing a pair of pants you haven’t been able to slip into for a while, walking for 10 minutes more than you did last time, waking up feeling more energetic, seeing your skin clear up, having energy to play with your kids/grandkids, etc. The amount of non-scale victories are endless, but you have to look for them instead of focusing on the scale.
Let these NSVs create the momentum you need to keep on pushing to reach your goals. And don’t limit yourself. Just because you’ve never been able to do X, doesn’t mean you never will. I believe in you….it’s time for you to believe in yourself!
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