Just like a chess game, achieving weight loss goals requires persistence, discipline, common sense, mindfulness … and strategy. Here’s an article which outlines key components to a successful health regimen that can help minimize unnecessary weight while maximizing vitality, longevity and ease.
- Consistent commitment: your quality of life is worth the effort; make long term changes based on a healthy self-respect and focus on changing the cause, allowing the results to follow. Start now! Keep gently but firmly returning to your commitment when you notice any deviation from the course of healthy dedication.
- Inner motivation: find and follow a grand vision for yourself that includes a healthy body and happy mind that is minimally perturbed by external changes and outcomes, yet inspired by internal strength, a strong support network, and firm resolve based on unshakeable worthiness, not contingent on changing conditions
- Realistic goals: Steady, gradual improvement is far more effective than binge efforts to compensate for binge lapses. For example, a realistic 1 to 2 pound per week weight loss goal is likely to be met with less inner resistance than a more arduous ‘wall’ of daunting challenges to one’s stamina, abilities and history of persistence.
Sustainable positive health changes require making new habits, including diet, exercise, and, of course, psychological sustenance, which includes ‘consuming’ regular positive attitude reinforcement as well as ‘exercising’ an easy-going, but relentless practice of picking oneself up and returning to a realistic path that is comfortable and doable. Hang in there for the long haul; you’ll be glad you did! 🙂