1. FIND YOUR FUEL. This is absolutely CRITICAL when it comes to achieving fitness goals. You need a solid reason that motivates you when you are down and pushes you when you are feeling weak. Take a minute before you begin your weight loss journey to really figure out what your true motivation is. Why are you doing this? Do you have a loved one that passed before his or her time because of unhealthy habits? Do you have family that counts on you and wants you to be around for the long haul? Do you owe it to yourself because you've always felt insecure and you just want to feel good about yourself?
2. SEARCH OUT INSPIRATION. Be inspired in the success of others. Read uplifting blogs and articles and watch motivational videos from people who have reached their fitness goals. They did it and so can you! Feed off their motivation, their excitement, and their encouragement. So many have gone through exactly what you are trying to do and they want you to reach your goals too.
3. GET INVOLVED. It's about being accountable. Your goals should be public. You don't have to write to your local newspaper, but tell your friends, your family, an online support group, or your friendly dietitian. :) Get others involved so you become more accountable. Also, when you share your goals with your friends and family, everyone can benefit. Your friends and family can become your support center, and you may inspire them to also want to change for the better.
4. SET SMALL GOALS. When you think about your ideal state, with your health and/or your physique, it can be extremely overwhelming. Take a deep breath, and break it up. You have to remember, you didn’t get where you are overnight. Your transformation will take time, commitment, and consistency to reach your big goal, which is perfectly fine. Slow weight loss is much more sustainable, and is usually a result from a lifestyle change rather than just a quick fix fad diet that will wreck havoc on anyone’s metabolism. Break your big goal down into many small achievable goals. For example, let’s say you want to lose 30 lbs. 30 lbs may feel impossible, but 1-2 lbs a week is totally doable.
5. BE POSITIVE. It takes practice but instead of using words like "fat," say "fit"; change "can't" to "can"; "weak" to "strong"; "unhealthy" to "healthy." It may take a little time but work on rewiring your thoughts every day. Motivation comes in waves and relapse happens when you are going through change. When a relapse happens, don't beat yourself up. Forgive yourself for not going to the gym, not reaching your goal, or not eating as well as you had hoped, and then move on with a new instilled vigor.
6. GET EXCITED. This is more about having the right frame of mind. Read your daily goals and smile, even if you are filled with dread with the thought of doing sprints on the treadmill. As long as you smile and try to be happy about your goals, the excitement will come and the results will come faster. Another tip is to listen to music that really pumps you up during your workout.
7. ADD, DON'T SUBTRACT. Focus on adding foods into your diet instead of taking away not so fantastic options. First off, this is a lifestyle, not a diet, so there are no “bad” foods, but there are better foods, such as lean proteins, and fiber-loaded veggies. Get excited about snacking on crisp red bell peppers and hummus at lunch, crunchy almonds and sweet blueberries for a snack, and a creamy avocado with toasted walnuts and edamame at dinner. It's all about keeping the right frame of mind and being positive.
8. MAKE YOURSELF A PRIORITY. Last, but not least, make yourself a priority. How many times do you feel that you don't have time to worry about yourself because you are too worried about others? It's time to treat yourself as a priority. Learn how to say, "no" when there is too much on your plate and treat your health as an important responsibility. By taking care of your health, you ensure your ability to take care of others.
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