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Complimentary Weight-Loss Readiness Quiz Created by Donna Hartney, Author of “Aha” Moment Self-Help Book

Losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution, and among the most difficult to keep. Performance consultant Donna Hartney, Ph.D. and author of an “aha” moment self-help book, has created a free, downloadable weight-loss readiness quiz.


CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094,

Buffalo, NY – January 30, 2013: Because it’s so difficult to lose weight and keep it off – researchers have found that the majority of dieters regain lost pounds within three years – performance consultant Donna Hartney, Ph.D. and an “aha” moment expert, has created a free, downloadable weight-loss readiness quiz. “Lose Weight — A First-Things-First Quiz” is a quick assessment that helps pinpoint weight-loss trouble spots and offers tips for navigating around them.

“It’s a challenge to achieve a healthy weight and then to maintain it, but there are things you can do to greatly increase your chances of success,” says Hartney, author of The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career, the first research-based self-help book to teach readers how to spark pivotal “aha” moments.

Check your readiness to lose weight with the quiz from Donna Hartney, author of "aha" moment self-help bookThe quiz, available at, focuses on two key predictors of success:

  1. The experience of a pivotal weight-loss “aha” moment. Jeanette Keith, a Buffalo, N.Y.-based gastroenterologist, believes in the importance of moments of clarity when it comes to weight loss. In a 2011 interview with The Buffalo News, Dr. Keith said, “Every individual who I’ve talked to has had a different ‘aha moment.’ But what is similar is the inner motivation that allows them to stick with their program. Your friends and family may want it for you, but until you own it, the change just won’t happen.”
  2. Attention to the fundamentals of successful weight-loss.  Losing weight and keeping it off can be a daunting task, one that will require considerable focus and effort. Actively investigating weight-loss options, taking personality and lifestyle factors into consideration, specifying clear weight-loss goals, and putting together a step-by-step plan are all cornerstones of success.

Hartney spent more than 10 years researching what can trigger pivotal insights, moments of clarity that have significant and lasting impact on a person’s life and career. Through her research she found, contrary to conventional wisdom, that people can prime themselves for pivotal “aha” moments and has isolated the steps to do so. These are steps a person can take to spark moments of clarity that will help them lose weight and keep it off.

The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career offers strategies for sparking those pivotal realizations known as “aha” moments that can help people gain the focus and motivation they need to achieve the goals that are important to them. For more information, please visit


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