At Last……… Your a Contemplator………..

I’m a “What” – you say……. Yes, after blissfully skipping through life as a Pre-Contemplator or in a Pre-Contemplative state not caring about the issue of weight loss(Di Clemente 1992) then discussed that there may be reason to expect a shift in the stage that a person is at-and that the change made may make you a Contemplator. this means that there has been a shift on the Continuum from “Nope, Nup, Never and NO”!!!! to a more Contemplative ……Maybe.  So let us now look at this little shift and what it means.

“Well, Yes my weight has gone up a bit these last few years, and is a little bit concerning to me because I dont seem to be as quick to move as I used to be, and dont fit into my favorite clothes anymore, but I am really busy right now and couldn’t possibly start an exercise and weight regime just now. I may do though, after my months holiday.”

So that’s a Contemplator…..Does that sound familiar.

its OK  I’m.. just…thinking…about it.

So it makes sense, for anyone sitting particularly comfortably on a fence trying to decide what to do, that here are many tips to go to………..

Try encouraging a future scene by following some of the tips.

  1. Make a list of Pros and Cons (good and bad) of the current situation. Here is an example of how.

         Current weight Issues

         Uncomfortable, cant fit clothes

          Unhealthy weight to height ratio

          Increase in health risk

         Higher Cholesterol, heart/stroke risk

          Less involvement in activities

           With weight Loss

           Move more freely, look better

           Lowers BMI and Body fat reading

           Reduce associated health risk

           Reduce stroke/heart attack risk

           Higher Self Esteem

Then with this information there is forethought on the subject and how much priority is attached to        losing weight or keeping the status quo.

2. It is Important at this stage to let the person direct their own decision in which way to go- in this way the person will feel that they control the situation, which is a crucial element for change.

3. Exploring different options is a good way to help with the speed of decisions, once again making it a controlled move to change habits.

These Options – Healthy eating, Study of the subject, perusing different exercise Programs (gyms) male or female, reading up on the subject of weight loss (Google it) asking health Professionals, (GP) support based help and user friendly local options.

All of this information and advice moves someone further along the Continuum of Change and preps someone for the next change……………..stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

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Are You a Pre-contemplator……???

Are you one of those people who blissfully float along in life and let the wind catch your hair saying “It will be alright on the day,” or “Nah, It will never happen”. Have you decided that while you remain unaware of any discomfort to your daily life that there is no need to address any change and continue on your current route.

If we are talking about a persons immediate current desire to do nothing,……. that there might be an issue – but they can see no issue, so they see there is no concern, when there clearly is a concern….(for example a weight issue) then they could fall under the little word known as a  Pre-contemplator….

Yes, that is right………. a Pre-contemplator.

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Pre-contemplation is a stage in a change of behaviors that address the readiness of a person to move forward from their current position (doing nothing -blissfully ignorant) along a continuum into an area of change. Pre-contemplation may well cover a gamut of behaviors such as smoking, drinking alcohol, weight loss etc, or one that can be easy to explain like changing someones behavior in order for them to start up exercise. (Di Clemente CC, Prochaska JO 1992)

When someone has a weight gain issue, exercise is a helpful tool (along with a height/weight calorie controlled plan) to help maintain a healthy BMI and weight range. This does not mean that at this blissfully unaware stage that nothing can be done or said to help encourage someone to move forward towards change or in this instance exercise.

Goals are Important for a person to see that staying at the current weight and doing nothing will make the issue stay the same. Maybe you can help them to see a future for themselves.

  • Help the person understand the reason or reasons behind why change may be important to their life.
  • Understand where the person presently is stationed in their life.
  • Employ empathy as to their current situation ….and be mindful of this.
  • Encourage future and open conversations, without telling the person ‘What’ to do.
  • Validate the persons reasons for being who they are.

Always acknowledge that a Conversation is a start in the right direction, and because there has not been added pressure the person may return to you when they change their mind……….

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Great – I’ve Started The New Me…… I’ve Enhanced Me..and my moods..

Well what would you be likely to expect out of the ‘New You’. If you have decided that it would be Exercise that will help you to put your best foot forward in 2017 – then lets look at some of the pluses. It may take some time, but you can look forward to an abundant amount of Pros as opposed to Cons for your makeover. Exercise is an extremely good receptive for your body to take up – and in turn will reshape your form. It is interesting to note that from an increase in physical activity you are likely to improve strength, core ability and stability. Other types of life affects from exercise that are becoming impossible to ignore are………..

  • Mood Enhancement – There is no doubt that when you have had a stressful day or event, that to clear the head you could handle it in one of two ways. One way, is to enjoy a nice glass of red wine while relaxing on the couch. (It may help – but dosent solve the main objective) or you could indulge yourself  in a mood altering exercise regime. To clear the head -so to speak- is a positive way to indulge in the new you. Mood enhancement can take as little as five minutes for you to realize that things aren’t that bad as they seem and by getting out of the house can shift the stubborn current focus.
  • Out in the fresh Air….
  • The Natural High Enhancer – There has been a lot of conjecture and study as to the types of mood enhancers that exercise can produce in a person. Some research points to exercise as being a natural remedy to help ward off, slow and alleviate panic attacks and anxiety. (Depression and Anxiety, 2008) This does not mean that simply by getting out and running around that exercise will fix a diagnosed issue, however it does help to improve the problem by supplying clean CO2 enriched air to your body. This has to be good for you. The continual strive for improve to alleviate anxiety and panic attacks will continue, however do start a gentle regime-and see what happens. In conjunction with other therapies is could be the boost or change you are looking for.
  • sleep Normalization – It has been proven that by exercising even 10 -15 minutes a day can help to normalize sleep patterns. Some research shows that by increasing the serotonin in the brain through exercise that it  gives the brain a boost (nice thoughts about yourself) and can in turn relax any stressful thoughts at night while trying to sleep. We all know what it feels like to be exhausted in a healthy way and what a good nights sleep it produces…..sleep like a rock.
  • The Pay Off – So there is no real negative ideal about how exercise can indeed improve overall Mental well being and general health. There are many forms of exercise you are capable of trialing. (Running, swimming, gym and classes associated with them, bike riding, rock climbing, walking and many more) Try them all until you can settle on your favorite…….Enjoy -and stay tuned.

 

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