The True Power of Motivation for Weight Loss

October 8th, 2013

This is one of those incredible stories that you hear about once in awhile of a seemingly hopeless case surpassing everyone’s expectations. They are often seen in cases of people who have gained an incredible amount of weight and then turn their lives around and now look great.

What I want to say first is that it is important not to just see that these people can do it, but you can too. Sometimes losing only 15 pounds can be as impossible a feat as losing 100. Just because you do not weight three hundred pounds does not mean you cannot have a miraculous success like this. You just have to remind yourself along the way of what your goal is and stay with it. This is a story of a man who had nothing to lose and his life to gain. Motivation is a powerful thing, you just need to begin.

Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again. He stumbled upon an article about Diamond Dallas Page doing Yoga and decided to give it a try (he couldn’t do traditional, higher impact exercise, so he tried DDP YOGA). Boorman gained tremendous balance and flexibility, which gave him hope that maybe someday, he’d be able to walk again. His story is proof, that we cannot place limits on what we are capable of doing, because we often do not know our own potential.

Well here is some food for thought that came to my mind after I saw this video… It is a quote from Legend of Korra (my daughter is in love with this show). “When we hit our lowest point we are open to the greatest change.” I believe this to be true in many ways. Sometimes when you fall so far, the only way out is up, and especially in Boorman’s case he had no other option but to exercise, lest he return to his unhappy state.

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Dr.Mooney is a life coach, published author, co-director and owner of Karner Psychological Associates (KPA), which was established in 1987, with offices in Guilderland, East Greenbush, and Clifton Park. He has worked with numerous well-known companies, including General Electric, Freihofer's, Key Bank, St.Peters Hospital, and more.

2 Comments to “The True Power of Motivation for Weight Loss”

  1. RoseE says:

    Wow…I cried as as watched this video. I would call it the “True Power of Hope for Weight Loss” though, not “Motivation.” I expect Mr. Boorman had no motivation because he simply did not believe it was possible until he came across the DDP YOGA. DDP yoga gave him hope which was all the motivation he needed.

    Those of us who struggled with significant weight issues for many years had lost any hope of a lasting solution, and therefore, had little motivation to try when past efforts had only led to disappointments . . . at least that was the case for me.

    But like Mr. Boorman, I too started a regular yoga practice, albeit reluctantly at first. Slowly, through yoga, I became comfortable with my body for the first time in my life, gained strength and balance, and started making little lifestyle changes which have led to significant weight loss.

    Yoga has amazing benefits and can be adapted to a person’s fitness level. I go to a class at least once a week still even though I can practice alone at home. The group setting is more powerful.


    Terry Mooney Ph.D. Reply:

    Yes, yoga is an amazing way to bring peace into your mind and a healthy routine into your life. Stay with it. Boorman’s story is not the only or last success story out there. Motivation, determination, and the right support and guidance can make miraculous things happen.


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