How Momentum Can Affect Your Weight Loss Journey

Let’s keep the momentum building.  In our last post, we talked about losing weight one Mygoal #018 Illustration - How Momentum Can Affect Your Weight Loss Journeypound at a time.  Small steps can make a big difference.  So can how you feel along the way to where you’re going.

“Great things are done by a series of small things done together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

If you’re not familiar with Dave Ramsey, he’s a well-known financial expert who created a system of paying down your debts starting from the smallest to the largest.  You pay the minimum on all of your debts, except the smallest one to start.  This frees up money to pay off the smallest debt as quickly as possible.  Once you pay off the first debt, you take the monthly amount you were paying, and add it to the next payment in line (now the smallest).  The idea is to create quick energy and excitement you can sustain, because the feeling of accomplishment is so great.  He calls it the ‘snowball effect.’   As you pay off each debt, you continue to take the previous payment amount and add it to the next debt until it’s paid off, and so on.

Whether you agree with the strategy or not, the idea of momentum is undeniable.  Quick wins are important, because they create an energy of possibility.  An energy that says, “I can do this!”  This is perhaps, more important than anything.

So, what if we applied this same concept to your weight loss journey?  What would it look like?

Here’s an example you could use for creating healthier habits.  Feel free to make a list that feels right for you.

  1. Take a 10 minute walk outside 3x/week
  2. Eat 3 fruits and vegetables/day
  3. Meditate 3x/week for 10 minutes

Let’s just start with three habits.  Also, let’s incorporate the idea that it takes 21 days to make a habit stick.  The ultimate goal is to integrate all three habits into a routine that is sustainable.  For the first 21 days, the focus is just to walk outside for 10 minutes 3x/week.  Don’t worry about anything else.  Put all of your energy here.  Once you have achieved this goal, now add in 3 fruits and vegetables/day for 21 days as you keep up with your walking.  After all, walking’s a regular habit now!  Once the fruits and vegetables become routine, now add in 10 minutes of meditation 3x/ week, keeping the other 2 habits up too.

In order for this to work, you’ll need to choose goals that are achievable and exciting to attain.  Start with some easy ones to build confidence.  It feels good to finish something, so let it be something you can easily do but still feels like an accomplishment.  You can increase the difficulty of the habits as your confidence builds.

Once you create all three habits as part of your regular routine, you can go back to #1 and increase the dose.  Walk 15-20 minutes 3x/week.  Create that new habit.  Eat 4 fruits and vegetables/day.  Let that assimilate.  Meditate 3x/week for 20 minutes.  See how the energy just builds?  Continue the journey, creating positive momentum until you work up to your desired end result goals.

What would you include in your list that feels both exciting and achievable?  Please share below!