Here are a few inspirational quotes and how they can help you get moving and lose weight.
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."
- Maya Angelou
"Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know."
- William Saroyan
Interpretation: By carefully examining what went wrong when you fail, you learn something that will help to prevent you from failing again.
Application: Ever hear the expression, "You have to be in it to win it"? Well, if you don't keep trying to lose and control your weight, you probably won't get results. Research shows that most people don't maintain their weight loss on the first few attempts — that's why you need to keep trying and making small, effective changes that will last.
“Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.”
Interpretation: It’s easy to lose weight; it’s hard to keep the weight off for good.
Application: Weight maintenance is significantly more important and more difficult than losing weight. Why don't we pay more attention to the most important aspect of weight control? Because weight maintenance is just not as sexy. No scale moves, no dramatic “before-and-after” experiences; it's a routine. Read more for a few tips for weight maintenance.
“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
“Although we can’t always avoid the storms in our lives, we can control our response; we can trim the sails, batten down the hatches and make the best of it.”
-Dan Millman, former Olympic gymnast, author of No Ordinary Moments
Interpretation: The key to success is realizing that you are responsible for your own life. We tend to blame situations, circumstances, events and other people for where we are in our lives. Blame allows us to avoid taking a necessary action; it excuses us from acting responsibly.
Application: In terms of diet, not taking responsibility allows us to behave irresponsibly because there's nothing we can do about it. Keep in mind that one of the key characteristics of all successful weight-losers is their ability to avoid blaming and accept responsibility for whatever trips them up along the road. So, whether you have bad genes, no time because you work two jobs — no matter what the issues — you are still ultimately responsible for your weight.