As of today, Wednesdays are all about Weight Management!
I’ve worked in Weight Management, particularly weight loss, since 2007. I personally lost 120 pounds in an 18-month period that spanned 2006-2007 and have been working with others to shed their unwanted pounds.
Weight Loss is very specific, but Weight Management is all-encompassing. You may be reading this article thinking, “Well, this is great, but it doesn’t pertain to me because I don’t need to lose weight.” Yet, everyone needs to manage their weight, otherwise, you may find yourself one day uttering the phrase, “I need to lose weight.”
Weight Management primarily includes eating/nutrition, behavior, healthier choices and exercise. My Wednesday Weight Manager articles will focus on these and other topics related to managing your weight.
Today’s article is about Behaviors for Weight Management.
When it comes to food choices, portion sizes and physical fitness, none of them is individually responsible for your weight management success. The foundation of each of these components is our behavior.
How you think – is behavior.
The food you choose – is behavior.
The portions you eat – is behavior.
The exercise you get – is behavior.
The belief system you have regarding your weight management success – is behavior.
When we decide that we want to lose weight, for example, we can decide that we want the weight loss all we want – but it’s our behaviors that cause the weight to “get lost” or hang around.
In order to successfully manage our weight, we need to behave. We need to make good food choices, stick to portions that “satisfy” rather than “stuff”, and think ourselves to healthy weights.
We have to take some inspired action if we want to change our bodies. To weigh less, to look sculpted, to feel fit – we have to actually “do” a few things, which are all forms of behavior.
Be conscious of what you’re eating. Before you eat anything, ask yourself, “What am I eating?” and give the answer. Is it healthy? Is it junk? Is it nutritious? Is it going to help me be the weight I want to be? Are there a million ingredients in this and if so, do I know what each of them is?
Be conscious of how much you’re eating. Do you even know what a “good portion” is? It is not one that fills the plate to the edge all the way around, for starters. If you are home, use a one-cup measure to dish out your food rather than a ladle. If you are out, use your fist – be sure to use YOUR fist as a guide and not the gigantic-handed man sitting next to you. What works for him may not work for you. It’s more than okay to have more than one serving of something – just be conscious of how many you’re having and decide if the volume of what you are consuming justifies the nutrition and dietary benefits you are trying to receive from it.
Be conscious of how much you’re moving. Most of us underestimate how much we eat and overestimate how much we move. If you spend the majority of your day in a sedentary way, GET UP! You don’t have to do a power workout every time you get up but you should stand up and move at least once per hour, and for a few minutes. If you drive a lot or have long commutes, park farther away from the door when you arrive so it takes you a few minutes of moving to get where you’re going. I know it’s hot most of the year but if you’re going to break a sweat from the fifth parking space to the door, you might as well just park at the end of the lot and earn the sweat. If you are physically able to begin an exercise regimen, do so. Start with easy exercises that take some effort, but don’t get ahead of yourself and just decide to go run a marathon. You can injure yourself or you can try to do too much too quickly and become turned off to the idea of exercise before you ever get turned on.
If you want to “manage” your weight and never have to “diet” again – print this article out and display it prominently where you are sure to see it every day.
Coming up Tomorrow: Introducing our “Thursday Thoughts”– each Thursday will showcase an article about the power of our thoughts and how our thoughts are shaping and controlling our lives.
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi
Johnny Potrekus, M.Msc is a Master of Metaphysical Science and an accomplished Metaphysician, Speaker, Author, Law of Attraction Expert and Health & Wellness Coach. He has the “gift of ignition” – an innate ability to spark the internal fires and personal passions in just about every person he works with. Whether it is through a motivational speech, corporate pep talk, or the keynote at your next corporate function – Johnny Potrekus is just the spark you need to ignite a raging fire throughout your organization! TeamJohnny, Inc. is based in North Palm Beach, Florida. He can be reached by emailing Johnny@goteamjohnny.com, or through his website, www.goteamjohnny.com
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