Discover Your Primary Motivator (Vol. 1, No. 2)

by Theresa on March 6, 2012

You’ve made the decision that you want to lose weight–permanently.

You start to some things to make that happen: you walk more, you go to Dance Out Diabetes, and even decide to have a hearty salad instead of pizza. All is going well… and then your family brings your favorite fattening dish. You might think, “Better luck next time.” Weight management doesn’t have to be that way. You can be a success at permanent weight loss.

The KEY is figuring our your promary motivator, a concept described by Kay Laughrey, RD.

It takes more than cutting calories and exercise to lose weight permanently. Find out what will keep you on track during those times that “use to” trigger you to eat more or not exercise. This helps you find what will ultimately motivate you to want to lose weight AND keep it off. What will help you to choose not to be triggered? Research shows that change does not last when the motivation comes from outside ourselves (external motivation). An example is, “my partner wants me to lose weight.” But if you look within yourself for motivation (internal motivation) the change will last over time. An example is, “I want to take less or no medication”.

INTERNAL MOTIVATION is self-directed (comes from you), requires engagement (you desire to get better and better at something that matters), and relates to a higher purpose (you want to do something that really matters). To lose weight permanently, figure out your main reasons for wanting to lose weight, and then connect those goals to what gives your life meaning and purpose.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO MANAGE WEIGHT?

1. Better health and energy (live longer, better)

2. Improve appearance

3. Enhance relationships

4. Improve well-being, self esteem, stress level

5. Save money (less medication, less eating at restaurants)

6. Other?

THOUGHTS ON LIFE MEANING:

1. What unfulfilled dream(s) do you still long to do?

2. What relationships need more of your time and energy?

3. What is still there for you to discover, achieve by the time you reach the end of your life?

4. What contributions to others and this world do you want to be remembered by?

5. How will your weight loss connect to your life’s higher purpose?

These questions will help you connect to your motivator that will sustain you to success.

Weigh Wise: identify your top reason for losing weight or keeping it off, and then keep asking yourself, “why is this important?” until you come to your most basic and important reason. Internal motivators improve physical and mental wellbeing.

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2012: Vol. 1, No. 2 www.danceoutdiabetes.org 1-877-765-4386 By Michelle Barth, MS, RD, CDE

 

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