One of the things I don’t do or recommend is focusing too strongly on weight management.  I have learned over the years (and there is plenty of research to support this), that if you obsess over weight management it can become an ‘all or nothing’ proposition.  If that happens then any lapse or if you ‘fall off the wagon’, the blow to your self-esteem and feeling of disappointment in yourself can derail your entire fitness program.

Learning New Skills Builds New Behaviors Which Reinforces Motivation and Action

I have found it far more effective to build new skills and behavior that will inherently reinforce your efforts.

-Start by focusing on building new skills and habits. Beginning with simple things such as just getting out the door for a short walk.  That will put you on the road to a healthier you!

– By concentrating on making small changes in your routine and learning new skills you will begin to feel better, look better and become more motivated.

– When you become more motivated you will find you are motivated in other aspects of your life making it easier for you to make better and healthier choices.

– Before you know it, you will find improvements in your health and how you feel intrinsically rewarding which leads to even higher levels of motivation…Learning new skills builds new behaviors which reinforces motivation and action.

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I am a committed runner with a strong academic foundation in Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis so I am in a great position to help you achieve your goals.  I can help you unmask any ambivalence you may have between what you desire to achieve and your actual behavior.  Behavioral economists call this the “two selves”, the gung-ho self that plans to change and the self who finds reasons and excuses to bail on the plans.  We all suffer from this “two selves” but I can help you deal with this and to;

– Make and keep realistic commitments to yourself

– Be relaxed about your program and enjoy the process. You are far more likely to stick to a program you enjoy.

– Have fun, today and tomorrow.