November 1 arrives in 18 days. Are you getting psyched up for The 30 Day Eat Less Challenge? I hope so. My goal this month has been to prepare you to take The Challenge and succeed. Yes, you could’ve rushed headlong into the challenge after reading the introduction of the idea and last week’s post about the need for being part of a group. But I’m guessing a rush forward will not result in the best results.
To succeed we need all the help we can get. This 30 Day Challenge will not be a stroll in the park. Last week I talked about the help of community. In this post we focus on the motivating factors which will inspire you to succeed during the 30 days.
Why should you be motivated to do everything possible to have a successful 30 Day Challenge? It’s all about living longer while feeling better as you save money, your self-esteem rises, and the stage is set for even more weight loss.
Here are the 5 motivating factors to keep you on target during the 30 Day Challenge. The Challenge has the potential to help you:
1. Live longer.
If you don’t want to live longer you shouldn’t be taking the 30 Day Challenge. Instead, you need to talk to a professional counselor. Your problem is way bigger than trying to lose weight!
Most people are interested in living longer. Some look for the fountain of youth. Others search for some sort of magic pill to make life last longer. But we often fail to look at the one way which will have the best chances of increasing our life: lose weight!
Time magazine recently reported, “Though aging baby boomers are smoking and drinking less, a new U.S. Census Bureau report shows the vast majority of baby boomers are overweight or obese…” (Click HERE to see the article.) This is serious business.
According to Medical News Today (click HERE to see this article) obesity “raises the risk of developing the following diseases and conditions:
- Some cancers
- The likelihood of a cancer recurring
- The likelihood of a cancer being an aggressive, rapidly-progressing one
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Liver and Gallbladder disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- High cholesterol and triglycerides
- Diabetes type 2
- Coronary heart disease”
If you want to live longer do everything you can to succeed at The 30 Day Eat Less Challenge.
2. Feel better.
No one needs convinced losing weight makes you feel better. The less weight you carry the less stress you apply to your joints. The knees stop aching. You sleep better. The blood circulates easier. You stop huffing and puffing when you walk. Losing weight makes you feel better.
If you want to feel better do everything you can to succeed at The 30 Day Eat Less Challenge.
3. Save money.
You might think I’m talking about spending less money on food because you are eating less. Yes, you might see your grocery bills decrease. But there is an even bigger potential savings when you lose weight. As you lose weight you will likely become healthier. When you become healthier you will spend less money on doctor and hospital visits. The potential cost savings is in the tens of thousands of dollars.
One blog made this observation regarding Baby Boomers who refuse to lose weight: “Their out-of-pocket health-care costs will be higher and the amount of time they spend getting medical care will be greater.” (To read this article click HERE.)
If you want to save money do everything you can to succeed at The 30 Day Eat Less Challenge.
4. Raise self-esteem.
I’m not speaking for everyone. But for me, my self-esteem rises and falls according to what the bathroom scales tells me when I step on it. There are many factors which determine a person’s level of self-esteem. Weight is only one of many factors but for me it is a significant one.
Success is closely tied to self-esteem. Whatever you do to make self-esteem rise is going to help you succeed.
If you want to raise your self-esteem do everything you can to succeed at The 30 Day Eat Less Challenge.
5. Lose more weight.
The Challenge is designed with continued weight loss in mind. Why would you take The Challenge with the idea of going back to old eating habits at the end? Consider the 30 days as a springboard to losing more weight and keeping it off. Minor tweaks during the month long challenge will pay huge rewards towards losing weight for months to come.
If you want to lose more weight beyond the 30 days do everything you can to succeed at The 30 Day Eat Less Challenge.
November 1 will soon arrive. And when it does you and I will be ready!
As you think about The 30 Day Eat Less Challenge what is your most pressing question?
Click HERE to go to a page where you can officially sign up to take part in the 30 Day Eat Less Challenge.
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IF YOU NEED TO GET CAUGHT UP:
To read the introductory post click HERE.
To read the post about the need for community during The Challenge click HERE.