It happens to everyone those moments when you don’t feel good and you find yourself standing in front of the mirror putting on clothes that once use to fit and are now to tight, or your looking down at the scale and your first thought that enters your mind is I need to lose weight.
Your first thought is I gotta go on a ‘diet’ but as quickly as that enters your mind your reminded of all the diets you had done years past and your mind goes directly to all the past failures…..ugh not again and for a moment then you wonder, why bother? The weight will come back, as it always has. Then you’ll be back in front of the mirror as discouraged as ever. The answer is not to go on another diet, the answer is to change your lifestyle. You’ve heard this before, and it makes sense, right? So why haven’t you done it?
Your Lifestyle Obstacles. Most people resist changing their lifestyle for a couple of reasons.
1. Change is scary and fear of failure steps in. Whether you are aware of it or not, your life is in a constant state of change. Though most of us will cling to the familiar and this causes us to struggle,change will always win.Life will always change and evolve you might as well learn to channel the energy of it. It’s time to make the change in your life purposeful and positive.
2. Lifestyle misconception. How many times have you heard the term ‘healthy lifestyle’ only to picture someone with with carrot and celery sticks in one hand and tofu in the other? The truth is that most people think that changing their lifestyle will be painful and an unpleasant experience – and quite frankly that is just not true.
Improving your lifestyle does not mean swearing off chocolate forever or living in the gym everyday for the rest of your life. You don’t have to eat tofu (well unless you like it) for lunch and you can still enjoy a piece of chocolate too. The key is moderation. Lifestyle isn’t all about the “all or nothing” mentality. Embracing simple and small changes that will add up to big improvements over time. These are your main points for change:
- What You Eat. Let’s face it, some of the foods you are eating aren’t the healthiest and some are likely what I like to call food like items.The solution to cleaning up your daily diet is NOT to go back on a “diet”. In fact, I never want you to go on a “diet”again. (Yes, I said that!) Instead I want you to make permanent healthy changes to your eating habits.Here are simple some practical examples:
- Choose salad over chips or fries
- Eat fresh produce with every meal
- Limit desserts to one or two per week
- Cut out mindless snacking
- Drink water, not soda
You should make MORE healthy choices every day than unhealthy ones.
- Watch less TV
- Stretch stiff muscles every day
- Play at the park with the kids
- Go for a jog
- Do some push-ups every morning
What You Do. Exercise is an important component to a healthy lifestyle, and quite frankly you’re probably not getting enough of it. When was the last time you laced up your running shoes? Don’t disregard the importance of a good workout.Your new healthy lifestyle means exercising on most days of the week.I understand how hard it is to find the motivation to stay consistent and to push yourself. Make exercise a no brainer and find activities that you enjoy doing.If going to the gym turns you off that is okay the gym seen isn’t for everyone.Find ways of getting out in nature or taking a dance class, walk your dog are by a bike.There is absolutely something out there for everyone.
So the next time you’re in front of the mirror you won’t worry about your weight.
You’ll relish it.