Permanent weight loss can seem elusive. Progress may be quick and steady at first, but then there’s a slow-down, and if you’re not motivated in the right way it can be tempting to give up altogether. But being truly prepared and properly motivated at the beginning of your effort can help ensure that you succeed. Perhaps the best motivator for weight loss is not an upcoming event or how you look in the mirror, but a person - someone who is counting on you to make this change and to make it stick. Let me introduce you to your future self.
Close your eyes and imagine your life ten years from now. Imagine that you change nothing. You continue to follow the same eating habits; you make no effort to increase your daily level of activity; you spend the same number of hours every day in a car, at a desk, on the computer and in front of the TV. Your habits do not change, but your body does. You are aging, and the natural process of aging (left unchecked) is slowing your metabolism, degrading your immune system and causing what muscles you have now to shrink and atrophy.
What do you look like? How do you move? Do you have trouble getting up from a chair, out of the car, out of bed in the morning? Are you walking with a limp or a shuffle? What's your breathing like as you walk down the hallway or up a flight of stairs? Are you sick often? Does your back hurt? How many different medications are you taking? What does a typical day look like for you? Are you able to work, to complete errands or other routine tasks, to tend to your family responsibilities? Is there anything enjoyable about your life at all?
The future you have just imagined is yours. It is your inevitable future if you do nothing to alter it. It’s not likely that you’ve imagined a life worse than what will come to be - when it comes to our health, we tend to be overly optimistic. Diabetes, heart attack and stroke happen to "other people", not you. You imagine that you'll carry on just as you are today. And even if the state you're in today is not very good, you're still managing, right? But how much longer will you manage? How long do you have until this imagined future becomes your reality?
The good news, of course, is that you can do something to alter your future. You can start today. It's as simple as making up your mind - just choose to reject that ominous future and transform it into something that is worlds better. This time, imagine the future you will have if you start down the path of healthier living. Ask yourself those same questions again, but this time imagine that you are thinner and fitter ten years from now.
One of these scenarios will be your reality. Are you ready to Reboot Your Body?