5 Motivation Tips to Inspire a New Vision for your Health and Weight Loss
Most people are very vague when thinking and speaking about what they truly want for their health and weight loss. They say things like “I want to lose 30 pounds”, or “I don’t want to be fat anymore”. When you say something this vague it’s like wishing for something inexact. It’s like a wish but without a focused determination. Your brain can’t put what you’re saying into action because you have not given it the instructions it needs to start the ball rolling. The more clearly you can mentally see yourself defining how you want to be, the easier your brain will be able to set your health and weight goals into action. Someone told me long ago, wishing is like fishing without a hook. If you want to catch a fish by the end of the day, you need a fishing poll, the right bait, and a hook to catch it. Weight loss isn’t any different. You need to have a precise plan, the right tools to make your health and weight goals become a reality and a mental attitude of “I will do this” determination.
Be proactive. Decide what the most important first step is for you. Then you can decide the next step. Only you can make decisions for your health and weight. Only you can take the first step and the following steps to make results happen. Sitting on the sidelines wishing and hoping for someone to wave a magic wand over you to cause results you want, isn’t going to happen. No one is going to go to the grocery store, make all your meals, and eat them for you. Sorry.
Stay positive. Your health and weight may not change overnight but the cumulative effect of acting on the right choices will make dramatic differences in your energy and health overtime.
I bet you’ve never heard this one before. It works. Instead of being negatively influenced by people regarding what you will eat and do to make a difference in your health and weight, turn their negativity around. Suggest to them they should make positive changes for themselves. Be the one who leads by example. Let them openly see what you’re doing and express to them the positive changes that you are experiencing like more energy, feeling good about how your clothes are fitting, and an improved outlook. Take a stance for your health and you’ll be amazed how others will follow.
Our society as a whole doesn’t encourage excellence as much as it embraces mediocrity. No longer is it a big deal to work toward winning an award in grade school. Instead all children win something for merely participating. This type of thinking doesn’t encourage one to achieve their full potential in academics, sports or in life. Accepting mediocrity is soon to become the norm if it hasn’t already. I don’t want that for you. Indeed we are all created uniquely with specific individual talents. Everyone can’t be a rock star or a pro athlete. However, you can aspire to be the best you can be at developing your own God given talents. What does this have to do with your health? Everything! If you don’t take great care of your body and your health fails because of it, you won’t be able to do what you were designed to do in life or at least do it as well as you could. When health deteriorates determination and enjoyment are significantly reduced.
The only constant in life is change. Don’t fight the change. Be the change. You may not be able to identify with this if you’ve never experienced extreme stress in your life.
This may not be a popular notion however it’s the truth. I know what I’m talking about because I’ve endured and overcome a variety of what others have described as extreme tests and life struggles. You can either embrace what is happening and grow from it (and continue to grow because of it) or you can create walls that block you from growing in ways only you were meant to grow. I know you may feel cozy in the protected emotional environment you’re in. But in order for you to grow into better health, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, it requires change.
Let’s be honest. Why should you make an effort to change your health and weight? The most obvious reason is because if you don’t you probably will end up with a chronic illness like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc. The best reason is because God gave you one body. It is yours to take care for your entire life. It’s your temple.
1. It will help you lose weight because its water and fiber content will make your stomach feel full.
This recipe makes a large family sized bowl.
1 cup organic quinoa
2 cups water
2 cups diced zucchini
½ cup diced cucumber
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup chopped parsley
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped olives
2 Tbsp. chopped mint
1 Tbsp. organic olive oil
4 Tbsp. lemon juice
Prepare quinoa according to instructions. Let chill. Combine quinoa with oil first. Then add the rest of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss. Serves 10-12.
3-4 Fresh cut basil leaves
Feta cheese to sprinkle on top
Toss all ingredients together and salt to taste.
You can eat this totally raw or you can salt the zucchini ribbons and let them set for at least 20 minutes. Then rinse them and toss them in boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Drain well and pat dry.
Approximately 2 cups of shredded zucchini
1/3 cup diced onion
1 egg beaten
½ tsp. of salt, pepper, turmeric, and marjoram
Olive oil to coat the pan
½ cup corn flake crumbs or ½ cup gluten-free bread crumbs (enough to form a patty)
1. Place zucchini in a strainer. Mash zucchini with a potato masher to press out excess water.
2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together.
3. Form patties approximately 2 inches in diameter. Place patties on a baking sheet coated with olive oil.
4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Flip and bake an additional 10 minutes or until brown on both sides.