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The Full Mind Weigh™ to Lifelong Weight Management, a program of the Institute for Lifelong Weight Management – teaching you the psychological and emotional skills you need to keep the weight off forever!

Finding your Motivation

Weight loss maintenance is hard work…daily work. It requires us to be mindful – every day – of what it is that we need to do to stay on track. Keeping our motivation in mind is essential for long-term weight loss maintenance…remembering why it’s important to us to do this hard work every day.

For Kelly, it was last year’s summer clothes. For as long as she could remember, Kelly had approached each summer with a mild sense of dread, not knowing whether last year’s outfits would still fit. Often, they would not. Discouraged, she’d have to go shopping – again – for larger size clothing. She’d been riding the weight loss–weight gain rollercoaster for much of her life. Last fall, Kelly once more succeeded in reaching her healthy goal weight. Looking far ahead to the summer that’s now here, she was determined that this summer would be different. As the temperature rose and Kelly brought out her cute summer clothes from the back of her closet, she took a deep breath and started trying them on. She almost cried with relief – they still fit! This is now her primary motivation to continue the hard work of maintaining her hard-earned weight loss – forever.

For Cassie, it was her physician’s reaction to her test results at her annual physical exam earlier this year. Cassie’s blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol level had been climbing – along with her weight – over the last few years. Her doctor wanted to put her on medication. She asked him to give her another year to try to get her levels under control. When she went in this year, she was delighted by her doctor’s enthusiasm about her blood test results. “Whatever you’ve been doing, keep doing it”, he said. These test numbers, which basically told Cassie and her doctor that she’s healthier now than she’s been for years, are enough to keep Cassie on track. Her health is important to her for many reasons. She has a lot to live for, and being healthy is a prerequisite for the kind of life she wants to keep having.

Janice told me, with pride in her voice, “My new trainer is excited about my pushups!” Her trainer had asked her, “Were you always this good?” “I told her that it’s taken me years of hard work to get to this place!” Janice said. For Janice, her trainer’s praise not only filled her with pride, but motivates her to continue her hard work.

What motivates you to continue the hard work of weight loss maintenance? Share your motivation with other readers by commenting on this post.

“The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napolean Hill

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” – Robert Collier

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily”.Zig Ziglar

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary”.Vidal Sassoon

With your continued health in mind,

Doreen Lerner, Ph.D.

Director, The Institute for Lifelong Weight Management

Creator, The Full Mind Weigh™ to Lifelong Weight Management

The Institute for Lifelong Weight Management provides education and training. The Full Mind Weigh™ is strictly an educational program and is not a substitute for medical or psychological evaluation or treatment. If you think you may be suffering from an eating disorder, please consult with a qualified mental health professional who is trained to evaluate and treat eating disorders.