Have you ever heard someone say something that had nothing at all to do with weight loss but you immediately made an association? That happened to me a few weeks ago when I was listening to a talk show on the radio while I was driving in my big 12 passenger van. Although I don’t remember what the overall topic of the program was, I do remember this example that the commentator gave. He said that a technique he used with his clients was to Stop, Continue, and Start.
I immediately thought of a stop light and visualized the colors of red, yellow, and green. Then I thought about how those three words and colors relate to weight loss.
STOP represents those behaviors we need to stop doing because they are detrimental to our health and weight loss.
CONTINUE represents those behaviors we have that are good for our weight loss efforts.
START represents the behaviors we need to start doing to make ourselves healthier and lose weight.
I needed to STOP:
These three phrases really stuck with me and I hope they will with you. I challenge you to make your own list right now and really think about what behaviors you need to stop, what behaviors you need to continue, and what behaviors you need to start including in your weight loss efforts. Being deliberate when it comes to weight loss is important and taking the time to analyze your behavioral patterns can be very beneficial.
This technique can apply to weight loss, to work, to household chores, and weight maintenance. In fact, I really need to sit down and think about how I can improve my efficiency because as you have likely noticed, I’ve been lax on blogging and commenting. I need and want to do better!
Are you up for the challenge? Can you sit down and analyze how you are doing right now? Revisit your list every month and add or subtract behaviors as needed. I see these three words as a check-in opportunity to make certain that the choices that I’m making today are those that will yield a positive impact years from now.
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