How To Make Fitness MatterFraming Your Big Picture
-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
To stick around and work, weight loss has to fit within the bigger picture -- and then made into a daily priority. Like a movie extra struggling to be seen on a blockbuster film, if weight loss isn’t in the big picture, it won’t get watched.
Weight loss is a classic “out of sight, out of mind” matter. If you’re busy with bigg picture stuff (which hopefully you are), weight loss may feel forgotten and start to get in the way like a pestering brother-in-law. Unless, of course, it becomes part of that bigger picture. Knowing the role that fitness plays gives you the motivation to keep going strong.
First, put weight loss up on the big screen. List the things that losing weight will help you do. Want to be a better parent? Improve your work performance? Stick around to see your grandkids? Are travel, horseback riding, racecar driving, home improvement and other high-energy activities important to you? About to fulfill a dream by starting your own business?
These reasons can be made into motivators. They’ll be more energizing than looking at the scale any day of the week.
Second, make fitness a daily priority. Some ideas:
- Do your goal activities early before distractions can hit.
- Arrange your day and menu ahead of time and stick to the plan.
- Create a reward system that’s related to your big picture. For example, if you’re in this to boost your confidence, reward yourself for small wins by putting $1 in a “stepping out” fund.
- Pack lunches and avoid eating out.
- Carry a picture of your main motivators.
- Find reasons to be with and talk to positive, upbeat people with similar goals.
With the steps above, you help yourself realize that weight loss can have real meaning -- that if you stop using smart fitness strategies or stop eating your veggies, you’re losing more than some weight loss momentum. You’re potentially holding yourself back from living the life that you love.