Change does not happen spontaneously. Most people want to reach our health goals with the same amount of effort it takes to win the lottery. Developing new habits is challenging and typically requires sacrifice. A social event or travel plans cannot derail your commitment. One of the huge benefits of working with a dietitian is the personal approach and specific instructions you receive. We can consider your personal challenges and develop a strategic plan to reach your goals. However, all the best advice in the world does not compare to a strong motivating factor. A teenage girl who has to lose 10 pounds to stay competitive in sports which is how she plans to pay for college is motivated. A man recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes whose doctor informs him that if he loses weight he may not need medication, but if he does not lose weight will require taking daily medicines is very motivated. Most people have something that motivates their health goals, but often we lose sight of those goals. Whether it be a birthday party or a weekend family trip, we quickly forget what motivated us to establish these new habits and return to our old ones.
Write it on a note card, on your bathroom mirror, or anywhere you will be reminded regularly about why you do what you do. Everyone would like to stop paddling for a minute, rest and take in the beautiful scenery, but with a shark following close behind, resting could keep you from ever getting to shore! Remember what motivates you and keep paddling.
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