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9 Steps to Reach Your Weight Loss Goals
About the Author
Abby Campbell, BSc, SFN, SSN, CPT, is a leading professional fitness and nutrition expert, researcher, and published author of One Size Does NOT Fit All Diet Plan, one of Amazon's Top Gluten-Free and Weight Loss Diets. (You may read more about Abby at the bottom of this article.)
Your Desire Plus Intention Equals Change
Making up your mind is by far the most important key to building a healthy body. Desire plus intention equals change. Your mind is a powerful thing. It is very important that you put your energy into focusing on things that you want to achieve and not on the things that you want to avoid or fear. Even most business goals in life start out with a plan and strategy. It shouldn't be any different with your health, nutrition, or fitness goals. Read about the necessary steps to take for change after your desire and intention.
Get rid of the stinkin' thinking!
Have you ever wondered why you can't make headway with the changes you desire? Do you wonder why you keep sabotaging yourself or falling off the wagon? What about resisting those little chocolate chip temptations? You will only hinder yourself if your behavior is controlled by your subconscious mind which has accumulated negative thoughts and habits over time.
So, how do we fix the stinkin' thinking you've accrued all these years? First, you really need to focus on your conscious thoughts. Stop feeding your subconscious with negative statements. Carrying on these mental conversations need to be nipped in the bud.
Get rid of these thoughts!
Life-affirming statements will build you up!
You have control over 100 percent of your thoughts, so you must master your communication with yourself. You must overwrite your stinkin' thinking! Replace those old negative thoughts with positive ones that will help you achieve. Before you know it, your subconscious mind will only be speaking good things to you, and you will have reached your goals.
Take these 9 steps to reach your weight loss goals
Review your behaviors that have held you back from achieving your goals. Try to list five current behaviors that are preventing you from fulfilling your goals. With each behavior, write down your new behavior that will allow you to accomplish your goals.
What are your top five fat loss, fitness, and health goals? With each goal, list two behaviors that you can do to move towards achieving each goal.
Set realistic deadlines for the five goals you planned in Step 2. Make an "overall" deadline to complete all your goals.
Placing a value on your goals will help you see what you will gain or lose by achieving or not achieving your goals. This gives real perspective to what you really want.
READ & STUDY
Reading enriches the mind, and what better way to learn as much as you can on how to achieve your goals! Broaden your knowledge base through reputable magazines, books, internet articles, and forums. The more you have the information drilled in your head, the more motivated you will be.
Encourage yourself by being positive. Whe you're positive, a chemical reaction occurs in your brain and you start seeing things a bit differently. You won't be stressed as much, and you'll have more energy to achieve your goals.
As Nike would say, it's time to just do it! You are ready to execute the plan. It's time to pay close attention to your planner every single day. Spend a few minutes early in the morning going over your schedule for the day. Reread your goals. Get motivated with your favorite quotes. Stick to the schedule.
You've already executed the plan and have been doing so for a while now. It may be a week or even a month. Even though your pants may be a little looser or you feel much healthier, you may want to track progress in a more formal manner. You can do this with (a) weekly weight check-ins, (b) monthly girth measurements, (c) quarterly body fat measurements, and (d) monthly or quarterly pictures. Tweak your exercise and/or diet if you're not making progress.
Whenever you reach one of your goals, reward yourself. This could be with a 'treat' meal, new shoes, or a sports car!
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About the author
Abby Campbell, BSc, SFN, SSN, CPT, is a leading professional fitness and nutrition expert, researcher, and published author. For the past 10 years, she has coached thousands of women locally and online to lose body fat and lead healthy lifestyles. Her clients have lost thousands of pounds, reclaimed health, and call her “Coach No Gimmick.” She is from Northern Virginia but now resides near Charlotte, North Carolina. Abby has been married for 20 years and has three grown daughters, one of which is autistic. She is a 19 year cancer survivor.
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