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How To Make Fitness Matter

Framing Your Big Picture

-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
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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.

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Member Comments

  • Good thoughts to help stay on track. Good reminder to pack lunch and snacks when out of the house, the temptation to buy fast food is great! - 3/16/2010 10:27:38 PM
  • something is wrong with several of your spark point systems. It reads Javascript void. What the heck does that mean? Help I read all three articles so far and can't get any points. Very frustrating. LOL Thanks - 3/7/2010 3:01:20 PM
  • Love these ideas to help me stay strong! I'm going to create a collage to help me
    have a visual of all the things I want to do: horseback riding, drive a race car, hiking near waterfalls, and a host of other things. :) This gives me a lot of impetus to do this tonight! THANK YOU! - 2/18/2010 3:53:49 PM
  • I like the idea of reward, putting $1 into a special account to purchase additional fitness equipment, dvds, shoes or the like. Alternatively a $1 penalty for not doing your daily routine would also work. - 1/22/2010 2:35:53 PM
  • Great article. - 5/29/2008 7:22:48 PM
  • Absolutely, I believe that weight loss should never be solely about the number on the scale. Identifying how I wanted my life to be affected helped me make changes for my LIFESTYLE. I'm not "on track" or "off track" because I'm just living a new lifestyle. It's not hard to stick to, or something I "have" to do, it just IS. I don't plan out meals or stick to a rigid menu, but I do keep stocked up with fruits, veggies and healthy snacks. I eat smaller portions of high cal/high fat foods (sparingly), and am sure to work in the extra calories and fat into my Spark Nutrition Tracker ranges. So far, so good! :D - 4/6/2008 12:58:32 PM
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