I Am Going to Change How You Feel About Losing Weight

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I have been blogging as The Lifestyle Educator for almost four years. The reason that I started this blog was to help people to live a healthier lifestyle through healthy eating, regular exercise, and stress management.
I started with one reader and now have several hundred readers. Since I began this blog I went from working as a nutritionist/weight loss coach in the clinical setting in a pharmacy to a Nutrition Manager/weight loss coach for a personal training company to where I am now: Wellness consultant and the author of a weight loss book. 
After coaching hundreds of weight loss clients I now believe that healthy eating and daily exercise are absolutely necessary to live a healthy lifestyle, in general. But they are not the key to weight loss.Weight loss is an emotional issue as is any other issue that holds you back in life. 
How did I come to this conclusion? The stats say it all, 95% of dieters fail to keep the weight off permanently. That tells me that if I am only focused on helping people to lose weight through putting them on a “diet” then at some point whether it is a one month, 6 months, or a year down the road they will probably put the weight back on. I wanted to provide my clients with a much more sustainable solution.
For many years I have been reading personal development books because I am always looking for ways to improve my life. What I have read for years is that to improve your life in any way you start by improving your thoughts. We think on average 50,000 thoughts per day so improving your thoughts may sound like a daunting task. 
There is actually a simple way to monitor your thoughts and that is through your emotions. Your emotions are your thought-indicators. Simply, when you feel better you have better thoughts and life is much more enjoyable. 
Why not apply this to weight loss? I now realize that the starting line to self-improvement including weight loss is to improve your thoughts and emotions first even before you step on the scale or the treadmill. 
You need to prepare mentally first and then the physical will just fall into place naturally. The best part of this discovery is that this is so much more fun. I am helping people to feel good instead of putting them on a diet. 
One of my friends mentioned on Facebook that when she thinks of the topic of weight loss she doesn’t think of feeling happy, actually she feels just the opposite. I couldn’t agree more. Most people do not feel good about weight loss. But I am about to change that.  Next week I will talk more about how to prepare mentally to lose weight, believe it or not, just by feeling good.
Does the topic of weight loss make you feel like the picture of the woman or of the scale?

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