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Get Inspired!

Posted on November 24, 2014 by

waitingWhat makes YOU work a little harder, push a little further or try one more time?  My guess would be that someone or something inspired you to reexamine your goals and give it another shot!

We all need (and search out) inspiration for the many things that we do day to day.  Each little piece of encouragement helps to keep you motivated and focused throughout the day.  These combine to push you toward your long term goals.

Who do you look to or where do you search to find what makes that difference?  Maybe a family member or close friend. It could be someone you don’t even know. Listening or reading about someone’s personal experience can help spur you into action. You might find inspiration in a sign or picture.  It could be from a quote you see posted somewhere. You may not even know that it’s happening!

The staff at CFWLS have many ways to keep you inspired and informed. Have you been to all or any of our social media sites?  The boards on Pinterest are filled with testimonials, short educational videos, recipes, exercises, inspirational posters and more!  Our Facebook page contains much more than just this week’s store specials – watch for our daily posts.  Google+ and Tumblr offer you more chances to stay in touch with up-to-date information. Our YouTube channel is packed with podcast videos, testimonials, and fitness videos.  Participate in ongoing discussions too – join us on LinkedIn.

docweightloss-thumbSubscribe to the Doc Weight Loss or Weight Loss Surgery Success podcast series – they are FREE and filled with tips and information that you can put to use!   Do you like live chats?  If so and you have specific questions that you would like addressed in our  weekly webinars, sign up for Losing Weight USA and you have direct access to Dr. Clark. Whatever it takes, find that spark that inspires you to keep going to reach your weight loss goals – it’s a fantastic journey and you are worth the trip!

squad 645 whiteHere’s another thought:  You could be inspiring others!  Are you a part of Squad 645?  Become a member of our very own team of winning individuals that have lost weight and are inspiring people around them. They are everywhere; in the store, in the gym, at support group, and quite possibly in your neighborhood.  These successful people are not shy about sharing their personal experience in weight loss – go ahead and ask them!

What are you waiting for?  Look around you and get inspired! We’ll see you soon.



What Keeps You Motivated?

Posted on October 06, 2014 by

habitI was talking with a client the other day and I asked how many times they had attempted to lose weight and they replied “Every Monday”.  Perhaps this resonates with you.  You know how it goes.  Over the weekend you over-indulge and then feel bad on Sunday and sort of beat yourself up until you are “over yourself” and vow that Monday you will change and get back on track or get a fresh start.  That works great until around Wednesday (or hopefully even longer) and then you get stressed, someone/something upsets you, a saboteur in your life influences you and your efforts are all but over and you are back to your old ways of coping which often involves food.

So what do you do?  What will make that initial desire and zest to accomplish your goal become a reality and enjoyable way of life?  What will make the dynamic duo of desire and motivation sustainable?  Here are some steps that will help you keep your motivation going.

Start with setting a realistic goal.  What is it you want to accomplish?  Don’t make it too complicated but if it is a long-term goal (i.e. lose 20 pounds by January 1, 2013), you are going to need to set short term goals for each week so that you are not overwhelmed and set up for failure from the start.  If you don’t know where you are going, it’s hard to be very motivated.

Only you can determine what your motivation is – it is different for everyone.  It needs to be strong enough to sustain you.  Understand that your motivation can/will change as you progress towards your goal.  For example, you might have started out wanting to lose 20 pounds for a reunion but find that you feel so great and you have positively influenced the habits of your family that you want to incorporate  additional fitness and increase your lean body mass by a few percentage points and then run that 5K you have always wanted to do.

Envision yourself at your goal and focus on that during challenging times.  Surround yourself with like-minded people who positively influence you rather than sabotage your efforts.

Focus on the here and now and talk to yourself (you have to read Penny’s article).  Focus on the positive – the more you stay committed to each minute/hour/day…the closer you are to lifelong healthy habits and meeting/exceeding your goal.

Keep yourself in check with daily weights and a full body composition at CFWLS once a week.

Get help if you need it!  You don’t have to go it alone.  Weight loss shouldn’t be about deprivation.  It is about being satisfied, learning how what you eat affects you and your metabolism and having fun – really!  Life is too short otherwise.  If you are stuck, we are here to help!

Reward yourself along the way with a new class, fitness center membership, personal training, pedicure, new outfit – your choice.  You deserve to be happy!


Not Feeling Inspired?

Posted on July 14, 2014 by

questionNot feeling inspired?  Or is it motivated?  What’s the difference?  Motivation comes from within—it’s about psyching yourself up.  Inspiration is often comes from external forces—things or people around you that encourage you to reach a little higher, pull a little harder or do more than you originally thought possible.  Inspiration is the cause, Motivation is the effect.  Now you just need to find what works for you!

Inspiration comes in many forms and you may find it in unexpected places—be ready.

When it comes to weight loss, it’s always good to listen to those that have succeeded in doing what you want to accomplish.  We have video testimonials as well as posters and posts but  coming to support group and/or attending education class puts you face to face with people that can make a difference and help you achieve success.

Words that you hear, whether spoken or written, may spark an emotion inside of you. They might be from someone you are close to or someone you’ve never met.  Dr. Clark tweets a short note each day that sends information and encouragement your way.  Each week you receive a brief newsletter from us that highlights a specific topic related to weight loss and provides a  gentle  reminder to make the choices that lead to your goals.

Try one of the short & simple exercise options that we have for you on our YouTube sight.  A few of our trainers have put together effective ways for you to strengthen your muscles and increase your lean body mass.  Most of them take less than 5 minutes and can be done without fitness equipment.  Five minutes—you owe it to yourself!

Recipes may inspire you to create a healthy entrée for dinner.  That healthy dinner may inspire you to create a menu plan for the entire week.  The menu plan may motivate you to make up a shopping list and pick up the items you will use to nourish this healthy new lifestyle.  I think you get the idea—one thing leads to another and soon you are unstoppable.

Look around you, inspiration is everywhere.  Success is in sight!


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