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Challenging the Status Quo

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

In preparation for the Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC45), on the Resolute Renegades team, there is a motivational technique which is part of the pre-challenge prep. This technique helps you to create a strong motivational statement.

On a piece of paper, make 4 squares - there will be a heading for each area and you will write your information below the heading.
Square one, top left: Advantages of staying overweight/not being fit
Square two, top right: Disadvantages of staying overweight/not being fit
Square three, bottom left: Advantages of losing weight/being fit
Square four, bottom right: Disadvantages of losing weight

While the "Advantages of staying overweight" and the Disadvantages of losing weight" may seem like odd lists, it turns out they're actually eye opening.

~My lists ~

Square one, top left: Advantages of staying overweight/not being fit

1. Don't have to make changes to current status quo/routine
2. Don't have to work up a sweat (which needs to be followed by a shower)
3. Don't have to spend time tracking nutrition and exercise

Square two, top right: Disadvantages of staying overweight/not being fit

1. Health consequences
2. Lack of mobility - not too bad now, but will get worse with age if not addressed
3. Feel as though I've failed myself

Square three, bottom left: Advantages of losing weight/being fit

1. Stronger muscles
2. Able to move easier
3. Healthier body, inside and out
4. Can buy a new wardrobe (I haven't bought new clothes in years because I refuse to spend money on more "fat clothes")

Square four, bottom right: Disadvantages of losing weight

1. I have to maintain what I've started, it will be a lifelong commitment going forward
2. I have to build on what I've done, not just live with the status quo, especially in the exercise area.

Now you want to label each advantage/disadvantage as a short term advantage (for today or this week) or a long term advantage (next year or in 10 years).

Now summarize your lists:

Mark the 1 or 2 items in each square that resonate strongest with you.
Then make up a statement that clearly identifies those items.

After doing this exercise, I found that the advantages of being overweight/unfit, and the disadvantages of losing weight were short term for the most part; while the advantages of being fit and disadvantages staying unfit were all long term.

I also found out one very important thing - that maintaining the daily life I have now, the status quo, will be the major thing that needs to be addressed. Making changes cannot be a temporary thing just to drop 20 lbs, it has to be a new lifestyle. I need to find ways to make my new eating habits permanent, and my new exercise routine a regular occurence.

After performing and then reviewing this exercise, I think I have my motivational statement:

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I want to get fit so I have a stronger, healthier body that will take me into my later years more than I want an unfit body that will cause illness and make me feel like I've failed myself.

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  • HOLLYSTORMCLOUD
    Interesting exercise Spring! emoticon
    39 days ago
  • HERBSANDFLOWERS
    I love this blog it is very eye opening, also like the comment from BKWRM it is a very good way to look at things, I have never thought of that. I have been a dieter for a good part of my life this really cements the idea that this is a lifestyle not a diet. Thank sso much
    77 days ago
  • 2020ISTHEYEAR
    That exercise sounded like a great idea! Very eye opening. Thanks so much for sharing! emoticon emoticon
    95 days ago
  • BKWERM
    Spring, I know you will make your goals because of this one sentence in your blog:

    "Making changes cannot be a temporary thing just to drop 20 lbs, it has to be a new lifestyle."

    That is exactly the right attitude. I always liken weight loss to being like an alcoholic. Alcoholics will always be alcoholics whether they drink or not but not drinking is a lifelong commitment.

    Eating is the same thing. We all know that we should eat healthily all the time. But, when people "diet", they assume they'll get to go back to eating like their normal was before trying to lose weight.

    But, smart dieters know that it's a lifestyle change for the rest of your life and that you just need to figure out how to manage your diet and exercise in order to feel healthy for the rest of your life.

    You've definitely got this.

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    95 days ago
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