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.
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.
- 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.