This morning I attended a very informative presentation by the former president of SSWBN (http;//www.sswbn.org), owner and CEO of BWM Business Consulting (http://www.bwmconsultingusa.com), Ms. Brenda Wornum Moore. This is what happens every time I attend a workshop or seminar about business. I find concepts that are readily transferable to successfully managing weight, health and fitness. I think my mind just automatically listens for these. I get all excited and can't wait to share these ideas, strategies, and tips with you.
One of my common themes is to look at all the aspects of your life in which you are successful and take those skills, massage them, and apply to managing your eating behavior.
Ready: In my recently published book, Weight Loss Transformations, I suggest you determine your state of readiness before embarking on your weight loss journey. This includes digging deep and determining what blocks may present themselves along your journey. A few examples may include fear of failure, fear of success, fear of what happens when you strip that protective layer of fat away, or how to cope without using food. Readiness also means the ability to prioritize. You will need to make the time to create your vision; track and assess your thoughts, feelings and actions; and take the time to prepare, set goals and make plans for eating and behavior changes.
Aim: “If you don't know where you are going, how are you going to get there?” This quote was on our handout page where we defined the purpose of our business. In order to hit your weight loss goal, you have to have a target and purpose. Creating and crystallizing your vison is paramont to success because it provides you with direction. To keep on the path of what you envison for yourself, you have to focus on what you want and why you want it, NOT on what you don't want. In addition to creating your vision, you can help crystallize it by writing down your motivating factors or compelling reasons to live in the body of your dreams.
Fire: Once you know where you're headed, there are a number of steps and tools you can take and utilize to move in the right direction. These include building awareness of your internal dialogue, your feelings, and behavior patterns and then taking steps to be prepared for obstacles and challenges, setting goals and making concrete plans to achieve each goal.
Hit Your Target: Years ago I made a huge target out of felt and used it to teach healthy food choices to children. Now, in the bulls-eye, I have a a picture of myself living in my vision. This, along with other tools in my weight management toolbox, had more than once kept me on track. The last chapter of my book addresses what to do once you reach your target: how to maintain your new healthy mind-set, eating and lifestyle behaviors, and keep the weight off.