For the month of May, I was the featured “Ask the Expert” on the national Speaking of Women’s Health website. Here was the topic:
Get Motivated – Stay Motivated! How? Ask The Expert – Andy Core
Do you sometimes wonder, “Why do I reach for a snack when I know I should find some fruit? Why do I stay up to watch late night talk shows when I know I will wake up tomorrow dog tired? Why do I let my home exercise equipment serve as expensive clothes hangers?” Andy knows there is a lot more to improving your health than simply moving more and eating less. There are powerful barriers keeping you from living as healthy as you want and deserve to. What is holding you back?
We were bombarded with questions and I answered as many as possible. Click here for the complete Q&A with Life Balance Speaker Andy Core, M.S. Here is one question, however, that I answered and would like your input on my response – what do you think? Agree or disagree?
Question 7. I know that I am 15 lbs overweight and I know that programs like weight watchers work but I also know how to loose the weight myself. However, I just don’t do it. Thinking about weight and talking about weight takes up a lot of my time. Why, when it worries me so much don’t I do something about it? I’m sick of thinking and talking about weight.
Andy’s Answer: It is easy to sit on the edge of change and talk about it. A lot of questions pop up. Can I do it? Maintain it? What if I am successful, what then? Am I ready?
One of the great debates in human behavior change – does a change in attitude come before a change in behavior or does a change in behavior produce a change in attitude. I believe, especially in the case of health and fitness change, that action precedes attitude. It is only after you begin do you realize you are ready. It is only after you feel some momentum that you start really believing that a healthier way of life is really possible for you.
It is only after you experience it that you want it. Have you met someone who was completely unmotivated and negative about healthy living, who has changed and become annoyingly healthy? I bet. I have met hundreds. I want you to become annoyingly motivated. To do that, begin. Take a “no matter what” attitude for four weeks and exercise 5 days a week. If you do not feel a tremendous increase in your motivation, call me. I will put you in the Guinness Book of Records.
Andy also wrote the book Change Your Day, Not Your Life, a guide to sustained motivation and more productivity.
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