3 Ways to Stay Inspired
By Diane Petrella, MSW
If you’re motivated to lose weight you will, right? Well, not exactly. While motivation is important to help you reach your goals, inspiration gets you there more easily!
Inspiration vs. Motivation
When you’re motivated to reach a goal, it usually means there’s something in your life you want to change. You’re focused on what you don’t want, rather than on what you do want. For example, you’re motivated to lose weight because you’re inspired to be thinner. Motivation signifies hard work, determination and persevering through the tough times. That’s important, but also draining. When we’re inspired, we’re uplifted and energized by what we want. Inspiration means “to breathe life into.” So when we’re inspired to change something in our life, our inspiration breathes life into our actions. It becomes easy and effortless, even fun! Motivation alone is drudgery. Motivation with inspiration is joyous.
Here are three tips for breathing life into your weight release plan to create an inspired journey!
1. Draw Inspiration from Reading Calorie Count Success Stories
No matter where you are right now in your weight release journey, know that someone else was at that same place and they got to the other side. When we witness other people doing what we want to do, and overcoming even greater odds, we envision our own success. Read Spinicander’s amazing story of losing 227 pounds, and Warnerd5’s weight loss efforts while dealing with a spinal injury (both Spinicander and Warnerd5 began exercising in bed, folks!), and Alyshiadavies ability to take charge of her life (she stopped smoking, too!). When you read Calorie Count’s remarkable success stories, you expand your belief of what’s possible. Let these amazing people inspire you. Learn what helped them and apply those steps to see what works for you. These people did it; you will too!
2. Remind Yourself Why You Want to Lose Weight
In the beginning, something inspired you to lose weight. But later, when you focus on reducing numbers on a scale, it can feel like hard work. It’s the deeper meaning of losing weight that inspires us. To access that inspiration, draw your attention to the underlying essence of what you want. For example, you may want to lose weight so you can walk up a flight of stairs effortlessly or you want to pick up your child with ease.
Here’s a simple, uplifting writing exercise that helps you connect more deeply with why you want to release weight. Simply complete the sentence, “I want to release weight because…….” Fully write out this phrase with each reason important to you. By focusing on the essence of why you want to release weight, you activate the seeds of inspiration that nourish your motivation.
3. Give Your Body a Special Gift
Sometimes we can be so focused on the longer term outcome of weight loss that we lose sight of the special love and attention our bodies need from us right now. Add inspiration to your weight release journey by offering your body a loving gift. Your gift could be as luxurious as giving your body a massage or facial, or it could be the gift of words by making a point of talking to your body with love and respect for a day. Deciding to do something special for your body keeps you focused on treating it with care. By finding ways to honor your body you strengthen your relationship with it. And nothing is more inspirational to weight loss success than having a strong, respectful relationship with your own body.
What inspires you on your path to release extra weight?
Diane Petrella, MSW is a psychotherapist and life coach. She offers her clients a spiritual approach to weight loss and helps them develop a loving, respectful relationship with their bodies. Receive a free copy of Diane's Seven Easy & Effortless Weight Loss Secrets by signing up for her monthly e-newsletter, Living Lghtly, and learn spiritual insights and tips to release weight with ease. To contact Diane directly, visit her website at www.dianepetrella.com