MotivationYour Motivation and Burning Desire

By: Debra Hertzog – Life Coach @ Palm Desert Resort

The key to long-term, sustainable healthy lifestyle is staying motivated and fueling your burning desire for change. Do you have that insatiable burning desire that compels you to work hard, not give up, and stay focused on your health, and lifestyle changes? Is your burning desire to lose weight, gain strength and endurance, feel vibrant and enjoy the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle stronger than your desire for food, alcohol, and feeling lazy?

Think about it. You worked hard to get through college and earn a degree. You may have focused on building up a successful business, land that perfect job, purchase a home, a car, a boat or motorcycle or any number of things that required your full focus, attention, and uncompromising drive to accomplish your goals. Your reward was based on a specific outcome or goal; one that would allow you to enjoy the benefits of all your hard work.

Can you say the same for your body, your fitness regime, your mental, emotional or spiritual needs and growth? Are you mindful of what you are eating to fuel your body; such as whole, organic nutrient-dense foods that allow your body to work at its optimum level? Do you work at it every day and make it a top priority in your and your family’s lives?

Those who have successfully managed to incorporate new, lifestyle changes know that the key to success lay in setting small obtainable goals which fuel your motivation and burning desire for change.

So let’s explore a few ways that you can fuel your motivation and burning desire for a new healthy, and fit body!

Small Obtainable Goals

Make Small Obtainable Goals

Goals are extremely important when planning for a specific outcome. You can break your goals down by the hour, the day, the week, month or longer. Remember, it takes 66 days to form a habit, so pick one goal and allow your focus to become so much a part of your new lifestyle, you enjoy incorporating new habits automatically into life. With the progress you make, the outcome will take care of itself. Celebrating your mini-goals is also just as important, so make sure you take the time to celebrate or self-soothe with non-food related activities.

Make Positive Decisions

Never underestimate the Power of Making Positive Decisions. Whether you tell yourself that you “Can” or you “Can’t” you are probably right. Your mind has a tremendous capacity to do whatever you say it should do. What exactly does this mean.

Let’s explore these two decision statements:

“I hate working out and going to the gym. I am tired. I am hungry. I don’t have the time.” vs. “I am excited to work out and going to the gym! It energies my body, mind, body, and spirit and keeps fueling my motivation and desires”.

Take a moment to feel these two statements. Explore your own internal dialog and uncover what your hidden messages and negative self-chatter does for your motivation and desire. Which statement does your brain feel good about? Which statement motivates you into action?

We have a mantra at The Biggest Loser Resort: I CAN, I WILL, I DARE, I DO. Dare yourself to start thinking, acting, and speaking more positively. You will be amazed at what reframing your self-talk and verbal expressions can do to keep your Motivation and Burning Desire strong, in-tune, and aligned with your goals.

Plan for your Success and Victory

Achieving Goals Having a vision and desire about getting into shape, enjoying a healthy lifestyle; one that is free of pain, being overweight, lethargic and sickly is a great vision, but without a strategic goal, it is just a great dream, but an open-ended one at that.

How can you incorporate eating, exercise and goal setting into a workable and sustainable lifestyle change with so much going on in life? Here are a few tips that I have found to be extremely helpful in my own journey to losing 85 pounds and living a life free of pain and enjoying a vibrant life:

  1. IDENTIFY YOUR WHY? Your “why” should be so strong, that you can see it, feel, it, experience it. I call it the “Why that makes you cry!” That’s how strong your why needs to be. Once your why is clearly in view, that becomes the focus of my second helpful hint; Planning Your Victory.
  2. PLANNING FOR YOUR VICTORY can be fun and easy with today’s technology. There are many apps that create daily planning sheets and schedules to keep you on track. These are fun, inexpensive ways to plan your day. Schedule your non-negotiables (like work, or going to church). Plan your shopping list, when you will go to the grocery store. Plan for prepping your meals and your “Healthy Fast Foods to Go”. Plan when you are going to go out and “Play” as we call it at The Biggest Loser Resort. Do something you love to do and go out and do it! Planning is the key to achieving your goals and celebrating your Victories.
  3. CREATE A VISION BOARD. Vision Boards are a great tool and motivator to fuel your Burning Desire. Put a picture of a body silhouette you would like to achieve, then cut out a picture of your face and place your face on the silhouette …you get the idea. Anything that is related to your weight loss goals or as I like to call it “releasing weight” goals, put it on your board. Use it as daily inspiration, make it your wallpaper on your cell phone, write or post it everywhere. The fun, amazing part of this practice is that you can create vision boards for any aspect of your life.

    This is a fun, interactive activity that you can do by yourself or even as a family. What does your family wish to accomplish in the coming weeks, months or years? Kids and teens love it, too, because it gives them a sense of belonging, having a voice in the family unit, and working together as a family to achieve and celebrate the Victory of the family’s goals and plans! It instills a sense of achievement toward a specific goal and it’s really fun to celebrate together as a family. Once your vision is in place, then put a strategic plan together with everyone’s input and measure your successes. Try it, you will be glad you did!
  4. GO PUBLIC. Yes, I said it, GO PUBIC with your intentions. Tell everyone. You are a private person you say? Do it anyway. Stating your intentions holds you accountable. I experienced this first-hand and the motivation and encouragement I received from friends, family and even those that I did not know was so awesome and a true motivator. So go ahead, post your intentions on Facebook or other Social Media outlet like the Biggest Loser Facebook; post your results every day; post a new recipe, or challenge your followers to join you in your quest for better health, fitness and lifestyle changes.
  5. KEEP A JOURNAL, this is another great way to measure your success, your highs and lows of achieving your goals. It is also a great way to identify barriers you are encountering that trigger emotions that cause unbalanced and unhealthy choices. Often, our emotions release hormones that cause our brain to trigger a programmed response to automatically crave foods high in sugar, salt, fat and carbohydrates to comfort ourselves when faced with stress or uncertain times and situations. By journaling, you can begin to see the relationship your emotions have with positive or negative eating responses and making the necessary adjustments to re-align these moments with your Motivation and Burning Desire for change.

Motivation and Your Burning Desire is one of the key ingredients in the recipe of life that keeps you making positive decision, healthy choices, and ultimately achieving your life’s goals. It ramps up your vision and burning desire for incredible transformation and changes that can sustain a healthy lifestyle for the months and years to come!

Debra Hertzog is a contributing member of The Biggest Loser Resort, Palm Desert and is also a Certified Life and Wellness Coach. Debra encourages others through her Life and Wellness Coaching practice to experience the vibrancy and joy in life by achieving significant weight loss and reclaiming your personal power within.
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