De’Anna Nunez, also known as “The Hypno-Chick” and the founder of The Mind Body Fit Club is Jaylene’s friend, and mentor. “She was the guiding light behind my weight loss, Jaylene says, I guess you could say she is my Chris Powell”
Besides having a very successful career as a comedic hypnotist, she is also a happily married, glad-to-be Mom of three, an accomplished speaker, Professional Hypnotherapist, Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, NLP Practitioner (Neuro-linguistic programming), spirited fitness enthusiast, a contributing writer for Active.Com and author of a soon to be released book called “Burn Your Fat Pants”
With all that she currently has going on she is unable to post on Truth In Change herself but has given us permission to re-post some of her health and fitness articles that she has written. So from time to time that is what we will be doing. While De’Anna’s program is geared towards women many of her strategies and techniques can be used by both genders.
4 Stages of Motivation To Stay Fit
Keep your fitness momentum going with these four stages of motivation.
The first type of motivation we all experience is based on an emotional feeling. The emotion could be positive or negative that kick-starts our desire. Perhaps you read a success story about a person losing a hundred pounds and because you resonated with the inspiration it evoked, you felt motivated to start your weight loss journey too.
Often people feel suddenly motivated when they hear bad news from their doctor. When the doctor drops the bomb-news, “You have diabetes” or “You are at risk for a heart attack or stroke”, we are fearful of what the future may hold and we spark up the fire to do something about it.
Both of these types of motivation are only temporary. The initial burst of energy dissipates, and is not sustained by the inspiration or wake up call. Perhaps you’ve been there?
Your eagerness to overcome and succeed must continue in order to keep the wheel rolling in a positive direction.
Another type of motivation already exists within you. You can be motivated to watch television instead of running the neighborhood. You can be motivated to eat a bowl of ice cream instead of preparing a healthier snack.
A client, who is on our weight loss program, came back from lunch with a bag of fast food. When asked what motivated her to make an unhealthy choice, she answered, “Because I was mad at my husband.” When we are motivated to produce negative actions, there is always a reason behind it. In this case, sabotaging foods would not mend the issue. Proper communication would have been a better choice.
Be mindful of where you point your motivation. It’s powerful. Begin to create awareness of what motivates you to make wrongful decisions for your health and well being. Consciously recognizing your ‘triggers’ will help you to laser focus your motivation towards healthier goals.
Stage three goes into effect when you dig deep and penetrate the true meaning behind the initial flame. The ultimate motivational coach, Tony Robbins, says emotion is the force of life. Strive to create a connection with your emotions.
Make a list of your resources: journals, books, gym, coaches, recipes, or training programs, and apply your emotional resourcefulness. Tap into your determination, resolve, caring for yourself, curiosity and your passion. Combine the emotion with the resource for a powerfully fueled motivation.
- Trainer + Enthusiasm= Success
- Whole Foods + Desire to be healthier= Results
- Journal + Understanding = Self Love
- Knowledge + Curiosity = Continued Growth
- Hard work + Love = Life Balance
Go for full immersion. The best way to learn a language is to be immersed in the culture. Replicate that philosophy by surrounding yourself with the right people that will help you grow and develop your emotional fitness. Create an environment around you that is fruitful and uplifting on a daily basis.
Here are some ideas:
- Do a pantry and/or fridge makeover by going through and reading the ingredients list. Clean out all the foods that contain chemicals and preservatives that you cannot pronounce.
- Join a local running club that will help keep you be accountable.
- Create a blog or Facebook page to post your daily activities, and invite others to join your page.
- Set yourself up for success. Carry an extra pair of running shoes in your car, and pack an igloo to have healthy snacks on ice.
Living a fit lifestyle, opposed to temporary on-again-off-again habits, has an organic force that automatically replenishes its motivation. Stage three is encompassed in service. Living as the example can inspire friends, family and neighbors. When you live your truth, you become a sought-after volunteer with knowledge, and skills to be shared. Motivating others will continue to ignite your drive and instigate a renewal of goals and achievements of your own.
There is an important link between all four stages that must not be ignored. You can intellectually know all the right foods to eat, and the proper training you’ve learned through reading, but courageous action is the glue that holds your emotional drive and knowledge together. When you think with vertical mobility; always striving for continued growth and learning, your motivation will always be plentiful.
De’Anna Nunez, Author, Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Nutrition Specialist,
NLP Mental Coach and Marathoner.
Founder of the Mind Body Fit Club Program, A Nationwide Weight Loss Journey with Girlfriends.