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How do you lose 100 pounds? Determination.

Jill Koegel is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer based in Omaha. She blogs every Wednesday. Read more from Jill here.

A client recently snapped a photo on his smart phone of a plaque I have hanging in the studio. It says, “Some people are destined to succeed; others are determined to succeed.”

This particular person worked with little guidance to lose more than 100 pounds in the last year. (To get the last few pounds off, he solicited my help.) This is a person determined to succeed.

He knows that determination isn't a switch you can just turn on. Something has to spark that fire, and then to keep it burning, there must be results. A positive outlook is critical, too. A person who believes that they are destined to fail will live in a world of constant struggle.

Many people believe they are destined to be unhealthy because they believe obesity is hereditary, but studies conclude that hereditary weight and metabolic problems are less common than environmental problems, i.e., stress, time constraints, social pressures, advertising and media, and bigger portions. Believing that you CAN and WILL succeed in challenging environments is important. You must then act on those positive thoughts.

The 3 most important steps to becoming a determined person:

1. Take purposeful, planned out steps toward improving yourself. And write them down!

2. Do NOT accept failure: Giving up on any part of your journey is not an option.

3. Never give yourself an excuse: this means getting the workouts in, and following your action steps towards better eating habits.

Ask for help if you don't know how to take these three steps. If you know what you need to do and have decided that it is worth it, it is time to go for it!

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