The 6 Essential Strategies for Weight Loss Success

by Ali Piazza

As you probably know, all change begins in the mind. A mental shift in thinking and perspective needs to happen in order for long lasting change to occur. Over the years, I have learned a lot about what it takes to lose weight. Not only from my personal experience, but by talking with hundreds of others who are struggling with the same thing.

So without further ado …the 6 mental shifts needed to get the body you want and the lifestyle you deserve :) And ironically…they all start with ‘C’

1) Commitment

“Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me.” ~ Paulo Coehlo

You gotta commit girl (and any lovely gents who are reading this), to yourself and your well being. Motivation is energizing and exciting. It will definitely get you started, but it will not stay for the long haul and you cannot expect it to. My coach Barbie Decker told me….motivation doesn’t last, commitment does.

So know WHY you want to change your lifestyle? Know wholeheartedly why, and commit to making the necessary changes to get there.

2) Consistency

“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” ~ Anthony Robbins

Changing for a week or two is all fine and dandy…but what about when the motivation starts to disappear? Or you’ve had a rough day at work and you’re craving sugar and carbs? You can make great choices all week just to destroy it all on the weekend. Consistency is key for success in anything.

3) Camraderie

“It’s all part of the fun, celebrating and getting together, the camraderie, we’re all a little sore, a little tired, but you can push through and celebrate a little bit.” ~ Marcus White

We are social animals and change is hard. You cannot do it alone. You need a group of like minded people who have either gone through it or are currently going through it. This is important because there will be times when you want to quit, or you can’t find the initial motivation to get you started. This is where the joy of our modern virtual online world comes in. While it is much easier to have a partner in real life, it’s not always possible to find one. But, it is always possible to find one online.

If you are interested in being part of an accountability group, I’m starting a private facebook group for just this purpose. A safe place where you can come and discuss what healthy habits you’re working on. A place to share successes and frustrations. If you’re interested, send me a message and I’ll add you to the group :) Also make sure to take a minute and like my facebook page.

4) Consciousness

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” ~Albert Einstein
Good ol’ Albert could not of put it any better. If you want change, you have to stop being a zombie and start being aware of your thoughts and associated actions. Know what you’re thinking, know what you’re doing, know what’s going into your mouth, know why you refuse to move your butt. Knowledge is power after all.

5) Choice

“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” ~ Stephen Covey

Many of us do not like being forced to do things. It makes us feel out of control and therefore we will rebel against what we have to do.

You may feel that you are being forced to eat food you really aren’t interested in eating.

If you don’t want to eat it, then don’t.

No one is forcing you to.  You don’t have to order the baked fish with steamed veggies anymore than you have to order the pasta alfredo. But if you do go for the alfredo, or triple decker hamburger, or a giant cup of ice cream… don’t complain when you get massive indigestion and a food baby bloating your stomach, or when you can’t drop that dress size…you made that choice.

If you want something, make the right choice and go get it.

6) Compassion

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dalai Lama

Often results do not come as quickly as we hope. Or we falter and don’t make good choices. This is where the inner bitch can come out in full force, and self depreciation can begin… “I am a failure”, “I am weak”, “I am a worthless loser.” These thoughts just put you in victim mode and do not allow you to grow and change.

I recently read an article by Martha Beck about how to become the experiencer, not the experience. This does tie into being conscious as well, but it’s a simple shift of language that can really help you be more compassionate to yourself. Instead of saying, “I am a worthless loser” say “I am one who calls myself a worthless loser.”

It may feel wierd at first but I  find that using this simple change in language creates a neutral buffer that allows you to see what part of you is really doing the thinking. To read the full Martha Beck article click here.

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