Saturday, May 18, 2013

10 Tips to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goal


10 Tips to Achieve Your 
Weight Loss Goal

Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind's eye, and you will be drawn toward it.  ~Napoleon Hill

I love this time of year, spring is in the air and summer is nearly  here. It's the perfect time to get ready for summer so you'll look and feel your best. If you want to lose weight before summer then begin today to live my LivFit Lifestyle. 

Living fit is highly rewarding, who doesn't want to feel be healthier, stronger and happier? Living fit improves all aspects of life, from being more confident, to having more loving relationships. 
Body transformation is an attainable goal for anyone who has the desire and determination to improve their quality of life. Making the commitment to transform your physique can seem overwhelming for many people, they often think about what it takes to get in shape and feel it’s just too much for them to comprehend; resulting in giving up before they even get started. 

You may be one of them, confused with the plethora of information available online in addition to all of the advice given by novice fitness friends trying to help you, which are ultimately just confusing you even more.

You can have a slim physique regardless of age, gender or size. If you're tired of being overweight and tired all the time then now is the time to take your health, fitness level and happiness into your own hands.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR "WHY?"

You can't change your physique if you don't know why you want to change. Your why must be stronger in your mind than your emotions to give into eating junk food and being non-active. 

To embrace fitness it all begins with an inner desire for change. The first step to begin your weight loss journey is to dig deep down in your soul and answer the question "Why?"  

Why do you want to lose weight and get in shape?  Do you want to lose weight for “you” or is someone close to you pushing you to lose a few pounds? If you're trying to lose weight because someone is pressuring you to, it will be next to impossible for you to achieve long lasting weight loss success. 

You may lose weight in the beginning, but you will most likely gain it all back plus a few more pounds in the end. You have to set your own personal desires top on your list. If have to want for you! 

10 Tips to Achieve Your Goals 

Below are my top 10 tips to assist you in starting off on the right foot to achieve your weight loss goals and dreams. By incorporating these tips into your daily life you will transform your body sooner and with less effort. 

#1.  BELIEVE IN YOU!

The first step to successful weight loss is to truly believe in you. To believe that you deserve to have a healthy strong body.  You must acknowledge this and realize that you are perfection.  You have to believe in you to attain your goals, doing so you will literally be able to lose weight with less effort.

Believe that you are praiseworthy of achieving greatness. 

#2.  SET ATTAINABLE SHORT-TERM GOALS 

You need to set short-term goals that you an accomplish within a week or two. Then create a game plan as to how you will achieve your goals. 

Your goals need that reflect your own personal desires ~ not your parent's, spouse or friend's. You need to discover your own truth and inner beauty you were born with. 

Set short-term goals that you know you can achieve. Write down how you will accomplish your goals each day. If it’s to exercise for 20 minutes a day, then write down exactly when and where you will exercise.  Then follow through!

When you keep your promises to yourself it will empower you to create even bigger goals and dreams.  Be true to you!  Honor all that you are by keeping your word throughout the day. Once you reach your goals, celebrate by doing something that you love that doesn't have to do with food.  Then create new short-term goals to achieve or the following week.

#3.  CHANGE COMES FROM WITHIN 

Change comes from within.  By having loving thoughts about yourself, rather than negative self-talk you will begin to reclaim your inner-power, and you will find your inner-strength to have the willpower to create the body of your dreams.

We all have our ups and downs, I do too. When I'm fatigued, I can easily fall into a self-pity party mentality and can mindlessly let my "eating clean" guard down.  It's not a fun road to be on that's for sure.

When I fall off the clean eating wagon I don’t beat myself up; I realize it, then regroup my emotions, and get right back on track immediately to enable me to accomplish my fitness goals and dreams. 

If you eat too much in one meal, don’t throw your day away and all the hard work you've accomplished and binge the rest of the day.  Look at it as just a slip up for that ONE meal, then eat smaller meals the rest of the day.

#4. EMOTIONAL CHECK LIST 

Emotions are very powerful in many ways.  You can either make or break your fitness diet plan with just your emotions and attitude alone.  It's important not to brush your feelings under the rug, take note of how you feel and deal with them. 

If you have jealousy, resentment, anger, fear or frustrations towards yourself or anyone else, these emotions will block your energy fields which will make you feel tired, stressed and depressed.  Let those feelings go!  Having negative feelings only harms you, not the person you are upset with.  

Instead of having yucky feelings all the time for something that happened in the past, see those who hurt you in one way or another as a gift in your life to teach you what you do and do not want in your life. See the good in them, and realize that we all make mistakes, and then forgive and forget. Choose to allow the memories that upset you to subside by offering them forgiveness in you heart. 

As you do so, you will most likely feel as though a weight has been lifted from your shoulders, you will have more empathy and compassion for others, you will have more energy, and you'll begin to lose weight as the body is able to function better. Your energies will shift from a low, negative frequency to a high, vibrant full of life frequency, which creates feelings of love, joy, gratitude and empowerment.

YOU need to consciously choose to be happy and to have thoughts of creation and gratitude for your life and body as it is now. By being thankful and positive about yourself you will have a firm foundation to reach your weight loss and fitness goals. 

#5. READ WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS STORIES 

Read transformation success stories often.  Bodybuilding.com has hundreds of success stories to choose from.  They will inspire you and give you added strength to accomplish your goals. 

It's an awesome feeling to set fitness and weight loss goals and then achieve them.  Always remember it's not about the destination, but the journey and the beautiful life lessons learned along the way.  It's truly the most amazing gift that only you can give yourself.

#6. EAT CLEAN

Eating clean is essential to lose weight. If you don't eat a healthy diet you will not be able to live a fit lifestyle. 

If losing weight seems too overwhelming then begin with baby steps.  You don't have to start off running, just take one step at a time.  


Start with your food choices and practicing portion control.  Eat frequently, aim for 5 to 6 small meals a day consisting of a lean protein, complex carb and a fibrous veggie or salad. Eat every 3 hours to jump-start and keep your metabolism burning optimally.  

A portion size for protein & complex carbs (not simple carbs) is about the size of the palm of your hand.  Try to have lean protein such as whey protein powder & bars, chicken breast, turkey breast, tuna (packaged in water), fish, lean red meats or egg (whites) with each meal. 

Eat oatmeal, yams, brown rice and fibrous vegetables or your complex carbs. Always drink water throughout the day to keep your metabolism burning and to cleanse the body. 

Stay away from sugars, sodium and processed foods.  Read the labels!  Many foods have hidden sugars and sodium; always, always make it a habit to read nutritional labels. By eliminating these foods alone, you'll lose weight quickly, even without exercise.

Sugar is toxic to your body.  Sugar not only spikes your insulin level, but it can damage your heart and it creates belly fat as well.  It also causes your body to crash soon after eating it, leaving you feeling tired and lethargic, which ultimately will cause a viscous cycle of wanting more high carbs and sugar for energy.

Watch for hidden sugars in fruit juices, sauces, condiments, soups and in boxed cereals to name a few.  Always read nutritional labels, if it has more than 5 grams of sugar per serving, don't eat it!

Be more active and try to move more.  You don't have to do cardio and lift weights right off the bat, you can move more in your everyday life.  Park farther away from your destination and take the stairs when you can.  Moving more will increase your metabolism and you'll feel better too.

#7.  BEGIN TODAY!

Start believing in your abilities and begin living a LivFit Lifestyle today! Believe that

you are worthy to attain your goals.  Believe that you can do it!  Then set 3 small short-term goals each week, make a game plan to achieve success, then follow through. 

If you fall off the "healthy eating" wagon, that's okay, just brush yourself off and reassure yourself that you ate poorly for just ONE meal! Don't give up, just regroup and move forward keeping your mind laser focused on your goals. Before you know it you will be much closer to reaching your weight loss & fitness goals, then at last you will be victorious!
  
#8. LOG YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS

Keeping a fitness log of your progress is highly motivating.  Keeping a special fitness journal is a fantastic tool to aid you in reaching your goals.  Keep a log of your workout routines and meals daily.

You wouldn't try to drive to California from New York without a map, setting and planning your fitness goals is a road map to achieving great success.  When logging your meals write down your emotions you felt that day. 

Pay attention to when you have cravings; was it when you were stressed or tired? Keeping track of your emotions will help you pinpoint what triggers cravings and knowing is half the battle.  When you know what causes you to want to overeat you can create a solution to resolve the emotional issue before it happens again.

Also write positive affirmations about how amazing you are at the top of each page. Writing positive affirmations will shift your subconscious mind to believing that what you write is real now, it will literally shift your way of thinking to do what is needed to accomplish that which you see and believe to be true. You'll soon find that you'll begin to crave healthier foods rather than junk food.

Your body is very smart and gives you exactly what you think and feel about most.  So have positive loving feelings to create the life of your dreams.

#9.  VISUALIZE YOUR DREAM BODY DAILY

Post photos of your "thin" self or someone that inspires you, post photos of exactly how you want to look after you reach your fitness goals.  See yourself as though you have already achieved your goals, use all 5 senses, see, feel, touch, hear & even taste how awesome you will feel when you are in the best shape of your life.

Visualize is a powerful tool to reprogram your subconscious mind into bringing to fruition that which your heart desires--including having the body of your dreams.  Each day take a few minute to visualize exactly how you want to look. Find a photo of a physique you'd like to have and look at it daily; visualize as though your physique is that now. That will give your mind a precise and vivid image of how you wan to be, giving your mind a roadmap to achieve your dreams. 

Make it a habit to take progress photos of yourself each week during your weight reduction journey. Post them in your workout log so that you can see your progress along the way.  Photos speak much louder than words and are highly motivating and empowering to see the success you've made. 

#10.  THINK SUCCESS

Think success! YOU can achieve your goals no matter how big or small by believing in  your ability to achieve that which you set your mind to. Do not overwhelm yourself with lofty goals that seem truly achievable before you even get started, by doing so you will only set yourself up for failure. If you believe you can achieve big things, then by all means, DREAM BIG! But in the beginning set goals you believe you can achieve, start small at first and then as you progress and achieve your goals, dream bigger dreams. 

Set short term goals that you know you can keep and achieve that enable you to achieve success in your attaining your long-term goals. 

Set a game plan to achieve your long term goals and then follow through daily! Logging your way to success is a sure fire way to stay focused on your goals. It's also an excellent way to keep a history of what did and did not work for you. After a few months of keeping a log you will soon find that living a fit lifestyle will becomes easier and easier... it will indeed be a way of life!


Follow through with these top 10 tips to accomplish your ideal weight goal. Have fun training and enjoy your journey along the way. You can do it!!!

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About the Author


Carol Whitaker, renowned Author, Motivational Speaker and Happiness Expert, is one of the highest respected and sought-after experts on happiness, confidence, motivation, and personal empowerment. Her groundbreaking book Ridiculously Happy! The Secret to Manifesting the Life & Body of Your Dreams has enriched peoples’ lives across the globe. For nearly two decades Carol has been an in demand holistic Lifestyle Fitness Coach and Life Coach, and is well-known for the amazing transformations she creates in her clients’ lives. Carol is a celebrated speaker and media expert; she is renowned for delivering high energy presentations and interviews, which inspire people to harness their innate power within to live extraordinary lives. Her stimulating, heartfelt messages come from firsthand experience of how she overcame chronic ill health to thrive abundantly by implementing her proven strategies and fundamental principles. Carol is an ongoing featured expert on national media and online. Carol is happily married mother of three. Connect with Carol on Facebook and by following her on Twitter. Visit CarolWhitaker.com to learn more about her services and to receive free tips and tools to live a ridiculously happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. 
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