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Your Best Health: Adult Weight Management

Motivation to Change

Something to think about ...

Take a moment to think about your motivation or personal reasons for change.

If you wish to save the blank form or print your answers, refer to the reflection journal.

If writing this down doesn’t work for you, think about other ways you might explore and express your thoughts and feelings, such as drawing, painting, or cutting images out of a magazine that reflect your reasons for change.

  • What are your reasons for wanting to manage your weight?
  • Given everything you’ve learned so far, is there anything that makes this important enough for you to want to make a change now?
  • What would make this valuable enough to you to make the effort now even if you may not see the benefits for some time?

You may have days when it’s easier to take action and other days when you really struggle. It’s normal for motivation to come and go. Going back to the metaphor of nurturing a garden, just as a gardener needs to be prepared for dry periods and weeds that may sprout up, how can you prepare yourself to stay motivated on days that feel harder?

What are some ways you can remind yourself of your reasons for making a change?

You may want to look at what you created earlier (e.g., writing, painting, collage) when answering the questions above. Keep it somewhere close to you where you see it often to remind yourself of why it’s important. What other ways can you remind yourself of your personal reasons for changing? If you’re having trouble coming up with some more ideas, here are some tips that might work for you.

  • Have a list of the reasons why your goals and your health are important to you posted on your fridge or in your cell phone.
  • Write down and acknowledge wins, even the ones that may seem small to you. For example it may be much easier to walk to the mailbox now than when you started.