The motivation to lose weight, like any other brilliant idea starts with your thought. Because you are reading this article, I trust that you have already thought about losing weight. If so GREAT, then you have already conquered the first step. The first step is the realization that you are not the best version of yourself. Only when you stop lying to yourself, only when you realize that the excuses you are making are the lies that you are deceiving yourself with, only then will the beautiful process of change start to inhabit your personality. Since you have already completed the first step, let us begin with the 2nd step.
The second step is materializing your thoughts. To do that just measure your current weight, then take a pen and paper and write it down. Next set a realistic target you can achieve within just half a year, write it down as well. Now tell yourself why do you want to lose weight, you may or may not have a personal reason and that is okay. Just to let you know that losing weight is a really really good idea, I will list down the general point for you
- Decreased risk of diabetes
- Lowered blood pressure
- Improved cholesterol levels
- Decreased risk of heart disease
- Decreased risk of certain cancers
- Improved mobility
- Decreased joint pain
- Improved blood sugar levels
- Decreased risk of stroke
- Reduced back pain
- Decreased risk or improvement in symptoms of osteoarthritis
- Decreased risk or improvement in symptoms of sleep apnea
- More active social life
- Greater confidence
- Better sleep
- Improved energy
- Improved sex life
- Decreased stress
- Improved body image
- Improved vitality
- Improved mood
You see it right, the path you are heading towards is a correct one. Now if you have a personal reason other than those mentioned here, write it down as well (Personal touches always make anything more meaningful). The next thing for you to write down is what you intend to give in order to achieve the said loss of weight. Take a while, think about what can you exactly accommodate in your daily stupid monotonous routine and how far are you willing to stretch for yourself. Think how important you are to yourself, how much do you rank on your own priority list. And remember there is no such thing as “Take a cup of this tea before you go to bed and lose 5Kgs in a single Week.” Don’t be lazy and fall for such fallacies.
Now that you have done all of this, Congratulations! You have already completed the second step. You have already materialised your thought in your writing. Your thoughts are real now!
Now that you have materialized your thoughts, I want you to read it every time before going to bed and after waking up. I know it sounds cliche, but you have to really believe that you can do it. This is where reading it aloud to yourself comes in handy. At first, it may feel stupid or vague, but once you continue to read them, the vagueness will slowly be replaced by strong emotions and burning desire. These very sentences will start invoking emotions inside you and you will start visualizing yourself as having already lost weight and being the best version of yourself (at least physically).
When you start reading these sentences with emotions while visualizing yourself as already having achieved your desired weight, that is when your subconscious begins listening to you. You keeping shouting relentlessly towards your subconscious until it is forced to drag its lazy ass out of the bed and starts taking the actions necessary. Fear not if you cannot figure out what the first action you should take is, for I will tell you that it is ‘investment’.
The next step is to invest in a Gym membership and a good pair of gym clothes. Trust me when I tell you this, “Working out in Gym, under the supervision of a coach is the best way not only to lose weight but gain health.” The money that you invest will surely motivate you to keep visiting your gym often and remember you do not need to hit the Gym forever to develop a habit, in fact, you do not even need a month to make it a habit. All you need, according to the brilliant psychologist Jeremy Dean is 21 Days and I can personally vouch for this statement.
So remember you do not need to go to the Gym forever, you just need to do it for 21 days and the habit that you form will take care of it for you. At first, you will feel a bit out of place at the Gym but your supervisor will take care of everything for you. Make sure to do your warm-up exercises before you start lifting weights and start will small weights. I personally started with 2Kgs.
Take multivitamin tablets, it works wonders. At first, even 2Kgs will feel like an immense weight and you will feel like giving up every day when your body starts to ache but the pain will subside and once it does you will feel like a conqueror.
Besides the regular weight control, better heart health and other health benefits of working out regularly, there are a lot of Mental Health Benefits as well:
- Stress Reduction: Stress normally builds up when you provide no outlet for its release. A great way of releasing those daily office or personal stresses is through workout. Exercise helps in increasing norepinephrine which is a great moderator of mental stress.
- Improved Self Confidence: This effect not only comes from a better-looking physique but also because of the fact that you thought it would be impossible to benchpress 100 pounds but now you are doing it with relative ease. This boost in self-confidence translates to life outside the Gym as well. You will be much more confident in any conversation with anyone.
- Boost in Memory: It is very well documented that daily physical activity boosts your cognitive prowess and also helps you in learning new things. Regular workout goes great lengths in the retention and servicing of the hippocampus, which plays a major role in the consolidation and retention of memory.
- Addiction Control: Once you start taking care of your body, it provides you with a great chance to rid yourself of any harmful substances you might be abusing. Your self-worth generally increases and so your health will have much more priority than anything else in your life.
Besides all these and many more, the improvement of your physique will inspire the loved ones around you to start taking better care of their health. And this for me is the most fulfilling reason to continue working out and sculpting my body in the way I want.
Initially, the pain in your body and the enormity of the task may demotivate you, when this happens remember your manuscript that you have written in Step 2. Also, remember who you are and whether you want to fall into the category of Winners or Quitters.
As the age old saying goes, “Winners never quit, Quitters never win.”
The final step is persistence. Keep at your task and continue doing what you HAVE to do. Do not become a quitter because inside every winner there was once a quitter that they strangled themselves, not with any extra smart intelligence or shrewdness but with sheer persistence. So continue working out and continue looking at yourself in the mirror. The improvement of your physique will definitely motivate you to start piling up weights to your dumbbell. Best of luck and start taking action by materializing your noble thoughts. And I am not just saying this cliche, I mean it from the bottom of my heart when I say, “YOU CAN DO IT!”