Do you have a Burning Desire to Lose Weight or Reach Any Goal?

Written by Mike Matthews

Do You Have a Burning Desire to Lose Weight or Reduce Body Fat?
By Staff Member Mike Matthews

NOTE: This article is one ofrepparttar component parts ofrepparttar 131400 9-step WTA3 program contained inrepparttar 131401 ebook titled "The Action Path -Your Key to Success!" due out in 2005.

Do you have a Burning Desire?

  • Do you have a burning desire to lose weight and reduce your body fat to 10%?

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  • Do you have a burning desire to get a flat, well-toned midsection?

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  • Do you have a burning desire to increase your net worth to $500,000?

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  • Do you have a burning desire to improve your personal relationships?

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  • Do you have a burning desire to start a business next year?

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  • Do you have a burning desire to reduce your credit card debt?

  • The key phrase is "Do you have a burning desire to...". We all have hopes, dreams, wants and wishes. Do you have a 'Burning Desire' to makerepparttar 131402 right choices on a daily basis and take positive action steps toward your goals?

    Let's start with a common goal of reducing body fat or losing weight. While losing weight is a more common goal, reducing body fat to your body's optimum level isrepparttar 131403 better route to take. For this illustration, imagine you had a personal goal of losing 10 lbs in 30 days. Because you're smart, you know that losing weight can be accomplished by taking in fewer calories than you burn. This is a law of nature and makes logical sense. Even though we are aware of this basic principle, losing weight continues to be a difficult goal for many people to accomplish. Nowrepparttar 131404 question; do you really have a 'Burning Desire' to lose 10 lbs in 30 days? If you're like many, your answer is "...yes, I have a desire to lose weight..." but in reality you don't have a 'Burning Desire'.

    To further illustrate our day-to-day choices andrepparttar 131405 difference between a desire and a 'Burning Desire' let's pretend that you are two days into your diet and you're at your favorite hamburger restaurant for your usual lunch. What are you going to choose fromrepparttar 131406 menu? What choice are you going to make?

  • Will it berepparttar 131407 usual double cheeseburger, large fries and a soft drink?

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  • Will it be a double cheeseburger, small fries and a small soft drink?

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  • Will it be a single burger, no small fries and a diet soft drink?

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  • Will it be a burger (no bun), small salad (light dressing) and water?

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  • Will you leave your favorite hamburger restaurant and find a different place to eat?

  • Most will orderrepparttar 131408 usual lunch or might only cut down slightly. You might even justify it by convincing yourself that later inrepparttar 131409 day you'll eat less, you'll exercise more atrepparttar 131410 gym or you need all this food because you are 'starving'. By choosing to orderrepparttar 131411 usual lunch, you've made a choice to take action towards your goal of losing weight. Let me repeat in a slightly different way. By selectingrepparttar 131412 usual lunch, you have made a (wrong) choice to take (a negative) action towards your goal of losing weight. Every minute of every day you haverepparttar 131413 power, potential and intellect to make good choices that will help direct you to take positive actions towards meeting your goals. Will you succumb to a need for immediate gratification or can you delay it for a short period with your eye onrepparttar 131414 prize, of a larger, more gratifying long-term goal.

    Was choosingrepparttar 131415 usual lunchrepparttar 131416 right choice for you to meet your goal of losing weight? It probably wasn'trepparttar 131417 best choice, but only you can makerepparttar 131418 decision to makerepparttar 131419 right choice. Your decision to eat a high calorie lunch was probably based on a short-term craving andrepparttar 131420 need for immediate gratification. Afterrepparttar 131421 meal, you've met your short-term craving but you've moved farther away from your long-term goal of losing 10 lbs. You need to be aware that your day-to-day choices are often based on a superficial need to satisfy your immediate gratification. When short-term wins over long-term, it shows that your immediate gratification cravings have registered more votes in your brain. Your objective it to moverepparttar 131422 pendulum; make your long-term goals register more votes so you will automatically start taking more consistent and positive action steps. You need to create a 'Burning Desire' to make long-term win over short-term.

    Stop reading and take your first positive action step to create a 'Burning Desire'. You can apply this technique to any goal. 1. List at least 6 reasons why you want to attain a weight loss goal (or any other goal). List bothrepparttar 131423 positive reasons (I want to look good forrepparttar 131424 Caribbean vacation) andrepparttar 131425 negative reasons (I can't fit into my pants). Positive reasons are "What will I get if I attain this goal". Negative reasons are "What will happen if I don't attain this goal".
    2. Next to each reason you listed above, write a short, visual description of that reason. It's important that you visualize your reasons. If one of your reasons is "...I can't fit into these pants...", describe this visualization as a picture with your stomach hanging overrepparttar 131426 edge of your belt or waistband. Make sure you complete this visualization description for each reason. As you go through this visualization process you may start thinking of more reasons - go ahead jot them down on your list.
    3. Take 10-15 minutes and read your 6 (or more) reasons along with your visualization descriptions. Which one or two reasons triggerrepparttar 131427 most emotionally energized response?
    4. Takerepparttar 131428 top 1,2 or 3 emotionally energized reasons, write them down on a business card size piece of paper and place them in your wallet, purse, desk and/or car. Forrepparttar 131429 next 3-5 days, take out this card and readrepparttar 131430 reasons andrepparttar 131431 visualization description out loud.
    5. Byrepparttar 131432 end ofrepparttar 131433 3-5 days, if you still get emotionally energized and excited; congratulations, you now have created your own 'Burning Desire'.

    5-Steps Permanent Weight Loss Program

    Written by Kathryn Martyn, M.NLP

    The last time you went on vacation did you plan where you'd go, where you'd stay, how longrepparttar trip would last, what you might do when there? Most of us follow a plan every day, even on days we dorepparttar 131398 same thing as always, we still have a basic structure to our day. Why then do we attempt to lose weight without making a similar plan? How are we supposed to make progress if we simply hope forrepparttar 131399 best and then go facerepparttar 131400 world? It's no wonder we forget our resolve to eat better by 10 AM.

    It's far easier to reach your destination with a map; therefore, here is your roadmap to permament weight loss. Follow these five steps, every day for one week. Atrepparttar 131401 end ofrepparttar 131402 week (say Sunday evening) take stock. How hasrepparttar 131403 week gone? Did you follow through? Did you make a plan and then follow your plan?

    Make adjustments where necessary. That'srepparttar 131404 whole point. When you discover a plan that really is workable, you'll be much more likely to work toward following through until that new plan becomes your new habit.

    Each week decide if you'd like to followrepparttar 131405 steps for another week. It takes some discipline to follow-through, but anything worthwhile takes effort. Evenrepparttar 131406 lottery requires buying a ticket.

    STEP 1: State What You Want to Achieve inrepparttar 131407 Next Month

    "I want to lose 50 pounds."

    Is that achievable inrepparttar 131408 next month? If not, break it down into smaller mini-goals. "I want to lose 5 pounds this month."

    What other ways can you describe what you want? Try using other senses such as what you'll see, what you might hear (compliments, etc.) and what you will feel:

    "I want to step onrepparttar 131409 scale and see (a certain number) of pounds (remember keep it reasonable for something you can achieve in one month).

    "I want to feel my pants getting looser."

    "I want to see myself inrepparttar 131410 mirror wearing last year's bathing suit and it fits."

    "I want other people to notice my clothes are getting too big for me."

    "I want to easily bend over and touch my toes."

    "I want to get up from a seated position, easily and gracefully."

    Those are positive goals. Focus on what you want. How you want to feel, what you want to experience. Imagine hearing these things, feeling these things. Does it "feel" right? Are there any issues that pop up regarding what you are imagining? If so, you'll be able to refine your goals as you progress.

    STEP 2: Make A Plan

    Get out your weekly calendar and start with eating less (portion control), eating more (healthier foods), or eating differently in some way. Obviously, you're going to need to make some changes but that doesn't mean you have to findrepparttar 131411 latest fad diet to follow. Absolutelyrepparttar 131412 best thing is to look at how you eat now and see where you might make some changes.

    Do you eat pizza every Friday night? What if you ate it only three Fridays a month? What if you stopped at one slice less than usual? I've noticed that Friday nights I can easily eat four slices yet Saturday leftovers one slice seems to be plenty. What's different is that Saturdays don't haverepparttar 131413 "indulgence" atmosphere that I associate with Friday nights. Have you noticed anything similar in your eating habits?

    Do you mindlessly snack out ofrepparttar 131414 bag of chips until they're all gone? Start to use some portion control. Take a small bowlful to your chair instead ofrepparttar 131415 whole bag. Decide in advance how many bowls you'll eat, and stick to your plan. Be reasonable. If you know it's going to take three bowls full of chips, fine. It's still probably less than eatingrepparttar 131416 whole bag, and later you can cut it back to two. One day you'll find a handful or two is plenty.

    Gradually cutting back on quantity, gradually introducing other ideas such as an apple here and there, modifying what you prefer to eat is a far better approach than eliminating all your favorites. The former is a way to develop an eating style that works for you and that you can live with. The latter (fad diet approach) is fine for short-term weight loss but that weight inevidebly comes back simply because you'll eventually go back torepparttar 131417 eating style you prefer.

    STEP 3: Consider Exercise

    Adding regular exercise helps more than anything else becauserepparttar 131418 more active you becomerepparttar 131419 more calories you burn, and if you build muscle,repparttar 131420 more calories you'll burn at rest. What, when, how often? Do you need equipment, books, tapes or can you just get started and gatherrepparttar 131421 other ingredients as you go?

    Write it all out. Your plan should include which days ofrepparttar 131422 week and at what time. Don't makerepparttar 131423 mistake of trying to decide you'll exercise every day. You're not likely to stick to a plan that doesn't have build-in off days. Make it easy at first. You can always add more later.

    Hate to exercise? Think outsiderepparttar 131424 box. Exercise does not have to mean getting sweaty torepparttar 131425 oldies. It can be gardening, bike riding, it can be enjoying nature. Anything where you're up and doing something other than sitting watching TV, unless of course you're using DDR (Dance, Dance, Revolution) orrepparttar 131426 new Yourself!Fitness program for X-box, PC and PlayStation. Dance, play, go fishing. Whatever floats your boat but get out and get busy.

    STEP 4: Decide Whether Your Plan Is Workable For You

    Take a look at your plan and decide whether it's possible. If not, make changes until it is.

    Start by listing each individually what you want to achieve, and then answeringrepparttar 131427 question of how you will achieve it?

    1. I want to eat less quantity. I'd achieve it by having half or three-quarters ofrepparttar 131428 amount I usually have. See if that is sufficient. Keep a food diary for one week, religiously writing down everything that goes in my mouth.

    2. I want to eat more, healthier foods. I'll achieve this by adding more fruits and vegetables for snacks, so when I'm hungry, or think I'm hungry, I'll have an apple or some carrots. This hasrepparttar 131429 added benefit of more nutrition.

    3. I want to eat in a different manner. I'd achieve this by pay more attention while eating. Turn off distractions. Think of each bite as a separate event. Write down what I'm tasting and see what I notice now that I never noticed before? Different smells, sights, textures, and subtle tastes. I'll make an effort to really chew each bite at least 10 times.

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