When I went on my own wellness and weight loss journey I showed up ready to crush it. I had a visual in my head of what my body would look and feel like and I was determined to make it happen. My WHY was about my integrity. As a wellness coach I knew I couldn't authentically help others until I helped myself! I was so hungry for for my results that I was unstoppable! My WHY took me all the way to and beyond my goal and now I get to help others do the same thing that has made the most dramatic changes of my life.
Do you know why you want to lose weight?
Your why is your reason for wanting to achieve a goal, it is your core motivation because it connects you to what fires you up the most. They key is to determine why by simply asking yourself: Why do I really really want to lose weight? Why is it important to me? If you feel motivated when you answer, you have found your answer! If not, keep digging. Knowing your why will help you to close the gap between thinking and doing.
Here are some examples of why you may want to lose weight to get you started:
To stay healthy for your children and future grandchildren
To feel and look good in your body
To wear a bathing suit or shorts in the summer without feeling self-conscious
To fit into your favorite pair of jeans or boots.
To fit in a seat comfortably on an airplane or at a show.
Once you know your why, let's talk about how to use it to stay committed:
You will use your why to remind yourself why you started in the first place to keep yourself going. Decide now to start a healthier journey and realize that it won't always be easy. There will be days when your journey is a breeze and days when it is challenging, but if you don't lose sight of your why, you will succeed.
Helpful hints for success:
Journal Your Why - write down your why and why it is important to you. Keep it where you can see it daily. If you see it daily it will help you stay connected to your why.
Visualize Your Why - picture your why and see your goals being met. Maybe you have a previous image of yourself and you want to look like that again. Pull it out and place it where you can see it every day. If you don't have a picture to refer to, you can find ones that connect to your goals. Consider making a vision board, or surround yourself with images that connect emotionally to your why to remind you of who and what you want to be and what you are working toward.
Review Often: this is big! Capture what motivates you most so you can remind yourself of it regularly - especially on days when you really need it.
So, what's YOUR Why?
Some information taken from gethealthyu.com