Finding Your Lifestyle Change Motivation

Lifestyle ChangeFinding Your Lifestyle Change Motivation

There’s a common belief going around the lifestyle building and self improvement fields that although long-term change takes months and years of work and habit building, change actually happens in a single instant: that moment you find whatever it is inside that makes you decide once and for all that you are going to change your life and you are not going to go back.

But how do you find that lifestyle change motivation?

This can be a difficult task to figure out, but if you want a better life then you won’t be able to find it without starting at motivation. That has to be the furnace, the fuel, the fire that pushes you and helps you overcome the obstacles (because there will always be obstacles) and get to the life that you really want.

The good news is that there are often several ways to get to the same positive place, so if you’ve tried finding that lifestyle change motivation you need and failed, don’t let it get you down. There are many options to help you find that drive to get you to your version of a perfect life!

Remember People Naturally Love To Help Others
If part of the struggle is finding a purpose that excites you, then you may want to look towards others. This also works very well for individuals who have struggled with depression or self-worth. Maybe you don’t need to dig inside first – maybe your passion can come from others.

If you have children or a loving spouse, frame it as doing it for them to give them the amazing gift of you at your best. Even if you’re not with someone or don’t have kids, are you an uncle? Do you have cousins? What friends have always been there for you and what do you wish you could do for them? By nature people love to naturally help others and you may find yourself struggling to improve your own life when you think of yourself but suddenly when imagining buying a toddler nephew his first car or Mom a little retirement home, the motivation pops up.

Let your mind wander and if money was no object and if you were capable of anything, who would you help? How would you do it? What idea excites you? Write down anything that really grabs you during your brain storming.

Create Your Ideal You
This isn’t just a rah-rah recommendation: actually visualize the way you see your perfect self: write down the details of the hair, body, tattoos (or not), and through in some flair. Do you imagine yourself as a barbarian? A wizard in a D&D universe, a smooth-talking cross between Michael Westen and Sam Axe from the TV show Burn Notice?

Write down what you see when you envision you as you want to be and don’t just keep that as a visual picture! Get an artist friend to draw something like that – learn to draw and do it yourself. Imagine you as a D&D character build. Why do you like this or that fictional TV character? Don’t just say “charismatic.” Okay – is it the lack of fear approaching the opposite sex? Having the skill set to be amazingly self-confident?

Hone in on those details and imagine yourself and the life that you want. That should be your picture to keep in mind when it is time to focus in and really motivate yourself.

Dream Boards To Visualize
Being able to take your dreams and put them in a visual form is critical to lifestyle change motivation. The more clearly you can “see” what excites you, the more likely you are to find that encouragement and energy that you need to make a major life change. A dream board is the practice of cutting out magazine pictures, or printing out pictures from online, and putting up a collage on a board that you then concentrate on. The pictures should mean something to you.

Money if you dream of being rich. A person jumping for joy on the beach if you want to overcome depression. Do you see a dream home? Cut that out and put it on the board. Encouragement, future homes, a six pack abs, a beautiful chapel scene for a wedding – whatever speaks to you personally is what you need up on the wall. When you can see what a better lifestyle can bring you once you wake up in the morning and when you go to bed (or over a home office) then you are more likely to feel inspired and make that working on yourself a habit.

Keep An Unedited Journal
The problem many people have with getting truly motivated to create a better lifestyle is that they aren’t completely honest. This is why you should keep a completely unedited journal writing about your future life. Keep it private and don’t censor yourself at all. If you’re worried about someone finding it, have a lock box with two locks on it if you need to, and hide the box, but write it out in 100% complete honesty. Re-read these passages. Add to them. You are writing about your own future life and when you are honest and not pressured by others you might be amazed what really comes out.

Once you find your true desires and are unashamed then you can power forward with changing your life because you actually are working towards what excites you!

Learn To Love The Grind
One of the best motivational speakers to listen to for this one is Eric Thomas, aka “The Hip-Hop Preacher.” Some people find it’s not necessarily the goal that excites them but the growth, the feeling of movement, the feeling of improvement. Learning to love the process and love the grind is a great way to reach that constant self-improvement. A person must be a millionaire before they can become a millionaire – and falling in love with the process will pay incredible dividends.

Even if you’re not completely sure what your purpose is, what you want, or where you want to go, if you fall in love with the work of self-improvement you will find yourself in an amazing place as you figure out those other questions.

In Conclusion
Lifestyle change motivation is always a tricky thing, especially since the things that most motivate one individual might mean absolutely nothing to another. However, everyone can take steps to figure out their goals, really take hold of what makes them tick, and move towards the type of change and self-improvement that lead to a much better life. If you need help, we’re here to guide you.  Please fill in this free consultation form to begin 

Developing a Practical Weight Loss Workout Plan

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Developing an effective workout plan is one of the keys to feeling and looking your best. Regular exercise can elevate your mood, help you maintain your muscle mass and flexibility, assist with weight loss and keep you feeling young, healthy and fit. When developing a weight loss workout plan, there are a few things you should keep in mind. The following tips will help you design a custom workout plan that you can stick with for the long haul so you can reach your weight loss goals.

Developing a Practical Weight Loss Workout Plan means the following:

Be Realistic about Your Current Level of Fitness

When you first decide to get in shape, it is only natural to want to get results as quickly as possible. Many people make the mistake of choosing a workout plan that is too difficult for their current level of fitness. As a result, they are unable to stick with it long term. When developing a weight loss workout plan, you need to be realistic about whether or not it is something you can do at your current level of fitness.

It is best to start out slowly and build up your strength, stamina and endurance over time instead of trying to take on too much right out of the gate. Look for a workout program that is challenging, but not impossible for you to do. As you get in better shape, you can reevaluate your workout plan and take it to the next level whenever appropriate.

Set Achievable Goals

Running a marathon is an admirable goal. However, if you’ve spent the last five years sitting on the couch eating potato chips instead of exercising you may want to break that down into smaller, more achievable goals. For instance, set a goal of being able to run a mile without stopping. Once you achieve that goal, increase the distance to two miles and so on until you reach your ultimate goal. Setting smaller goals can give you a feeling of accomplishment that can help keep you motivated as you work toward your larger goal.

Set Aside a Specific Time for Exercise

Don’t allow your schedule to get in the way of achieving your goals. Instead, set aside a specific time each day where you will exercise. Write it in your daily calendar or set a reminder on your phone to help keep yourself on track. Treat this time the same way you would any other appointment. Only cancel if absolutely necessary, show up on time and stay until the end. After couple of weeks, exercising will become second nature, making it easy to stick with your workout program.

Developing a practical and achievable weight loss workout plan starts by taking into account your current fitness level. By choosing a plan that challenges you, but doesn’t leave you feeling discouraged you can maintain your motivation as you work toward your weight loss goals. Break down your long-term goals into small steps and work hard to achieve each one. Finally, set a time each day specifically for exercise and make sure you show up and commit yourself fully to the process.

Would you like to discuss weight loss workout plan with me? Please feel free to book in your 30 minute consultation with me.

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Your Key To Success: Your Goals And Your Mindset

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Great tips to ensure continued success with your fitness related goals.

  • Today, write down what you expect to benefit from this expert fitness program after a one month period of using the program. Do the same thing, 6 months from now and again 5 years from now.   Read your notes every week or when you feel like you need more momentum.
  • Repeat at least 5 positive affirmations about your self-image out loud or under your breath every day.
  • Visualize your progress and goals directly relating to your fitness and health every day, preferably before your workout or before going to bed.
  • Welcome change into your life and change your beliefs that may limit your success.

Positive Affirmations for Goal Setting

  • I now set new and higher standards for myself and I step up to every challenge in a state of absolute certainty and unstoppable confidence
  • I increase my hunger, ambition and desire to achieve my goals everyday
  • I now eat all the right foods for optimum health, energy, and peak performance
  • My body is now trained to burn fat and build muscle
  • I consciously control my biochemistry by putting my body into peak emotional states, by healthy eating, exercise, and adequate rest everyday

Steps to Start a Fitness Blog

  1. Decide what sort of fitness blog you want to start, a personal or informational blog. Many people just want to have menus, thoughts and progress, while others have knowledge and want to share medical and nutritional information with workout plans and tips.  What works is making it personal !
  2. Use a good blog provider, like WordPress. Get to know how it works.
  3. Log your daily, weekly, monthly and overall goals. Discuss how you feel about each goal, what you still need to do to achieve it and how you feel once you’ve accomplished it.
  4. Write about the workout plans you’ve already tried, what has worked, what hasn’t, and what you would like to learn more about in the future. Leave yourself notes and progress reports to keep you motivated.
  5. Take your stats. Blog about your weight, body fat percentage, hours of sleep, resting pulse, measurements, endurance and pounds and inches lost. List your current dumbbell weights used, or any other workout statistics that can help you track your progress. You would do this at the start and then on a weekly basis.
  6. Use your blog as a way to track your nutritional facts to stay healthy and fit. You can take pictures of your meals and talk about how your energy levels are with food. The more honest about your eating habits the better.. people love to know what you are eating.
  7. Communicate with other fitness bloggers to give and get new ideas and tips to keep you motivated. One of the great things about having a blog is instantly belonging to an Internet community filled with others interested in health and fitness.
  8. Make big big plans for change! Share examples

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Great Weight Loss Ideas for Beginners

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You don’t have to spend a great deal of money in order to lose weight. There are thousands of weight loss programs out there in the marketplace, and most of them cost something, from a very modest cost to ones that can cost a lot of money.

Achieving weight loss is really very simple. All that has to be done it so burn more calories that the calories that your body takes in. It will take some day-to-day discipline and a goal. Get a notebook and date each page. This is to record your weight each day, and the food and portions that you ate each day.

Step one is to consciously reduce the portions that you eat for each meal. If you have two bagels in the morning for breakfast, have one. If you have two sandwiches for lunch, have only one. For dinner cut your portion down to a smaller amount, particularly the meat. Cut down on the beef, and substitute chicken a fish. Be sure the fish is organic.

For the in between meal snacks that you “have to have”, eat an apple. Cut it up into pieces with a paring knife and put the pieces into a bowl. It is just a little easier to eat that way and it seems to last longer. It will curb your appetite, and will help stop the number one reason most of us gain weight, and that is the snack.

Drink lots of pure water. You will hear people say that they don’t like water. Water actually has no taste, so what they are really saying is that they miss the sweetness and flavor of the soft drinks and the concoctions of commercial stuff on the market. Our bodies consist of 70% water, and when we get low on our water, our cells don’t function quite as efficiently. Drinking pure water means distilled water. That is the best because that is what our kidneys break all fluids in our bodies down to anyway. Give your kidneys a break and give them pure water.

Walk a lot. Jogging can seem to be a better exercise, but walking is going to work quite well and it will not be as hard on your ankles and knees. Set a goal of walking 30 minutes per day. If you can’t make that in the early stages of your weigh loss quest, work up to it. Walk in a safe place, such as a high school track, or indoors in a mall. If you live in the country, stay off of the roads and find some land or a field to walk on. (Beware of the bull)

The most important, and perhaps the most difficult task is to say off of the sugar. Completely eliminate it if you can, or cut it down a lot if you can. Refined sugar (cakes, pies, snacks, Twinkies, etc.) will kill your diet faster than anything. White flour is no good for you either. If you don’t believe that, take some white bread, and throw it out for the birds, and don’t shocked when they won’t eat it, because it offers absolutely zero nutritional value.

Actual Weight Loss Stories

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Part of losing weight is sharing your experience with other people. If no one shared their life experiences we would have no motivation to draw from when we make endeavors of our own. It is important to hear weight loss stories from actual people that have gone through the battle you are currently facing. This is because if you hear a story similar to your own then you will have an easier time to figure out how to use elements from the story to add to your life. It’s a good idea to read these real weight loss stories.

One of the first truly inspiring stories is about the college student who could not find time to lose weight. She was depressed and slept about 10 hours a day. Yet after she changed her diet and started to fit just 30 minutes of exercise into her daily routine she was able to slowly lose weight. She found herself fueled with more energy as well. The more she moved the more she realized she was motivated to workout and follow her diet. She was able to sleep less and still feel energized enough to complete studies and attend class. In fact her attendance improved and she started to excel more in school. It all started with a small portion of exercise and dieting.

The next story is about the mother that just gave birth to her child. Although she loved her child greatly she struggled to lose weight. By watching what she ate for dinner every night and adding two separate 20 minute walks to her daily routine she was able to lose weight. A simple 20 minute walk in the morning and another right after dinner was enough to help her lose weight. She also cut down on desserts and sweets during and after dinner as well. She started to lose a couple of pounds a week until she reached her weight loss goal in a few months.

The best story is about the person that was 150 pounds overweight and was able to lose an average of 12 lbs a month to get down to 155 lbs in weight.  They took all fatty foods out of their diet and started to eat foods rich in whole food nutrition, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. By getting rid of most foods with fast carbs and saturated fats in them they were able to lose an average of 12 lbs a week. Her name is Rosy, she was my first client that was over 300 lbs in weight and my customized workouts and meal plans helped her achieve the body and health of her dreams. Checkout her weight loss journey here

Start your weight loss journey by drawing motivation from one of these weight loss stories presented. You too can lose weight and feel good about the way you look. Although you may not be able to be flawless throughout the entire process you can still reach your goal with time. Start your journey today and share your story to help motivate others.

A Handful of Lagana Fitness Weight Loss Reviews

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Many individuals that have participated at the Lagana Fitness weight loss clinic have seen noticeable successful results in losing weight. The success stories are achieved because the clinics follow the basic principles involved in losing weight. They have taken into account the unique genetic makeup, and the health challenges involved with every individual patient.

The Lagana Fitness Weight Loss clinics use weight loss methods developed by Coach Rob, certified nutritionist, certified personal trainer and world wide recognized weight loss and contest prep specialist. The program has been deemed safe and highly effective for both men and women.

Lagana Fitness Weight Loss Reviews

“Many individuals recognize of that supplements offer by Lagana Fitness Weight Loss clinic provide much-needed assistance in weight loss. However, they need to be used in conjunction with the proper healthy diet and daily exercise. I highly recommend the program, if you are interested in losing 20 pounds or more.” – Jonathan Elders, Alberta, Canada

“After being on the program for one week, I have already lost five pounds. My ultimate goal is 45 pounds, and I am on my way. I highly recommend the program.” – Cynthia C., Tucson, Arizona

“To be perfectly honest, I thought that I would be losing a couple of pounds, and become dissatisfied. However, my Coach Rob has helped me understand the benefits of nutrition and exercise. The balance of eating a healthy meal and working out every day as taught me the benefits of losing weight. I am already down 23 pounds in six weeks.” – Margaret Walberg, Fort Myers, Florida

“I have carried unwanted body fat for well over 25 years. After finally becoming tired of carrying it around, I went to the Lagana Fitness Weight Loss clinic and have lost over 70 pounds in the last six months. Oddly enough, my cravings are gone, and my appetite is always suppressed. I do think that I could not have reached my goal without the encouragement of the clinic when performing my daily exercises.” – Diane F., Kissimmee, Florida

“I think that my experience with the wonderful Coach Rob, was so successful because I was truly mentally prepared to make a lifestyle change. After hearing about one man’s review, I believe some are dissatisfied with the results because they were never committed to the process. Lagana Fitness is about integrity, commitment, and the ultimate coaching experience. YOU PAY FOR WHAT YOU GET. I wanted to lose 45 pounds, and ended up losing 48. By the time I finished the program I was fully committed to my newly adapted healthy lifestyle. I highly recommend the program. I now have less stress and sleep much better every night. – Monica Longworth, Huntsville, Alabama

“Although I am ecstatic about all the weight I have lost, and the meals that taste wonderful, I am not that happy about taking the vitamins every day. Even so, after three weeks I am down 14 pounds and feel great. I begin my exercise routines in a few days, and hope to lose 70 pounds in six months.” – Kim Rothchild, Trenton, New Jersey

Nearly all of the Lagana Fitness Weight Loss reviews indicate that the program is well worth the price, as long as the dieter is willing to make a lifelong commitment to lifestyle changes.

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