CREDIT: The following information is taken word for word from the book called, THE BIGGEST LOSER (The Weight-Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health & Life - Adapted from NBC's Hit Show!) by The Biggest Loser Experts & Cast with Maggie Greenwood-Robinson, Phd, Chapter 2, Page 22.
Please be sure to give credit to the above resource if you share this with your other teams. With the New Year 2014 here, I thought this information might be of use to many of our Sparkers, especially those of us participating on the various Biggest Loser Teams.
From Reasons to Resolutions
Like the cast members of The Biggest Loser, you too may have some deeply personal reasons for losing weight. But how strong is the resolve behind those reasons to actually lose weight and get in shape? To turn those reasons into heartfelt resolutions and achievable goals, answer the following questions.
1. Why do you want to lose weight? List the most important reasons you can think of, for example, to look better, have more energy, be able to play sports, be more self-confident, improve specific aspects of your health, and so forth.
2. Next, take each of those reasons and reflect upon how your life will improve if you address them. For example: How will looking better benefit you? With more energy, what will you do that you're not doing now? How will playing sports enrich your life? Why do you want to be more confident, and how will it improve your life? What will your life be like in the absence of overweight-related health problems? How will you feel if you do all these things?
3. Finally, set some weekly, doable goals for yourself to help you move forward in a positive manner. Depending on what you wrote above, ask yourself such questions as:
What can I do this week to improve my appearance?
What can I do this week that will increase my energy?
What sports, exercise, or other physical activity can I do this week to improve my fitness? When and how often will I do it?
What can I do this week to boost my self-confidence?
What actions will I take this week to improve my health?
Spark People has so many of the tools available to us that the Biggest Loser suggests such as a food journal and calorie counter. Jillian strongly believes in food journalling and it is a known fact that people who keep food journals tend to be more successful at losing weight and keeping it off than those who don't record their intake.
Biggest Loser also writes of Bob Harper taking his teams for meditation breaks at the end of a long walk or run where they were introduced to "mantras" which are positive affirmations to get them over the hurdles they encounter along the way. For myself, I, personally, would relate my faith into my weight loss mantra repeating in my head something like....."Jesus help me", "Lord, with your help, I can stay within my calorie allowance", "All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me", One day at a time sweet Jesus". Other mantras that the Biggest Loser book uses as examples are "Keep on keeping on", "You can do it", "I have a strong, healthy body", "Just one more mile", "Just five more minutes", "Just (X number of exercises/and name of exercise) more and I'll be finished", "I'm beautiful/handsome and I feel great"......the options are limitless.
Biggest Loser book says that years down the road, when you are slim, trim and fit, you will be glad you found this plan (in our case, being part of the Spark People family). It's just want you need to transform your body, your health and your life.
It's my sincere desire that by sharing some of this information that some of these reasons to resolutions to success will be of some help in strengthening your resolve to get where you are going in 2014. Spark People has been the biggest and most successful move I ever made in terms of losing weight. It worked for me three years ago until I encountered some health problems which resulted in me gaining back what I lost. BUT, I know I will succeed again because of all the support I get from all the wonderful friends I have made on Spark People who share the same weight loss problems that I do.
I wish each and everyone of you SPARKERS who read this a wonderful, happy and most of all, a very successful New Year in 2014. Happy, Happy, Happy New Year!!