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I admit, there’s more days than I’d like to admit where I feel like I failed at my ‘healthy eating’. (I try not to call it a diet.) I’m still susceptible to eating JUNK when I’m stressed or if I get too hungry and haven’t planned well.
I know I”m not alone. I get emails and messages about it all the time. It’s tempting to give up after having a rough go at mealtime for a few days…or weeks. But I have to remind myself – and I’m reminding you, that a few bad meals or a few bad days or weeks…does not mean you should give up. It does NOT negate all the hard work you’ve been through. Actually the same goes for missing workouts. Maybe you worked out religiously for 2 weeks but then you just sort of lost interest and haven’t done anymore for 2 weeks. You haven’t failed! Those 2 weeks you did complete are still with you. Just get back to it and be kind to yourself. The most important thing is to get your mind back in the game and just START again.
I created the poster below based on what I tell myself and what I try to pass along to you guys. Feel free to share on Pinterest, Facebook, or wherever you’d like. I think we all need to be reminded of it now and again.
Have you ever given up on a fitness program or a diet because you felt like you’d failed after having some bad days/weeks?
Ever start a workout and give up because you don’t see the results you expect in a few weeks? I know the feeling.I It’s tempting.
But remember, you didn’t put on the extra weight in a few weeks, so it’ll take longer than that to lose it. Even if you don’t have a lot to lose, maybe you’re just trying to tone up a bit, it’s going to take a little time. They key is consistency.
In a few weeks, you’re likely to see *some* results yourself. It’ll probably take double that time for other people to notice the difference. And to get to your goal, you’ve got to be in it for the long haul. Often there are body parts that take much longer to respond. But I’m here to tell you that it WILL happen.
Do the right things, eat well (that’s responsible for about 80% of your results!) And get your workouts in. Even on days you’re not really up to it, do something. Shoot for cardio a few days a week and weight/strength training a few days a week and keep going.
To keep your motivation up, try taking measurements before you begin and each week after. Write it down each time. Even try taking pictures every 30 days. When you see numbers going down on the tape measure or changes in your pictures, it can be VERY motivational!
Don’t give up!
Tell us below, how long did it take you to see the results you wanted — or if you’re not there yet, tell us how long it took to see ANY changes & let us know what you did to get them!
That may have sounded snide or rude, but I certainly didn’t mean for it to be rude.
What I mean is…have you thought about it lately? What do you want? What are your goals? Why do you want to be healthy? Thinking about your WHY is very helpful in keeping your motivation. Making that your North Star can help you when you stray. When you don’t feel like working out. Or when you don’t feel like eating a healthier lunch.
So think about it for a minute.
Why do you want to be healthy and fit?
Is it to set a good example for your kids?
Is it so you can be around to see your grandkids grow up?
Maybe you just want to feel better?
Or perhaps you want to fit back in those old jeans?
Now that your reason. Write it down. Put it everywhere. Your bathroom mirror, your smart phone, your screen saver. Tell your significant other, your coworkers. The more people you tell and the more places you put it, the more likely it is that you’ll stay focused more often. Tell yourself every day why you want this. You may just find yourself making more and more decisions in line with that.
For me, my reason for wanting to be healthy is because I want to be able to enjoy my family and my friends and to continue to be able to travel and enjoy myself. I want to look and feel good and not having any physical or health problem stand in my way. That’s what keeps me going when I don’t feel like it. Now that the habit of working out and eating well is engrained in my life, I really do enjoy it and look forward to it. But some days, I still don’t wanna…for some reason. And that’s when I revisit my WHY.
So tell me, why do YOU want to be healthy and fit? Share below, please!
Some of my whys:
It’s a fresh start. Even if you don’t like the work ‘resolutions’. I personally think New Years Resolutions are a fabulous idea. Call them ‘goals’ if ‘resolutions’ bother you. And I think you SHOULD reach for the stars with them. Have you ever read the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill? You should. Basically the book explains, what you DECIDE you’ll accomplish, you will. You must believe it, make it so in your head…and it WILL become. So why not reach for the stars? Don’t be afraid of setting goals, that’s how you grow.
Having said that, it’s also known to be beneficial to set your goals and tell others about them. They can help you keep accountable, even if they don’t mean to. So go ahead, take out a sheet of paper RIGHT NOW. Think about the one thing…that if everything went perfectly, you’d just LOVE to accomplish. What’s your perfect life like? Be specific. Don’t just say, “I want to be rich”. Instead, say, “I want to finish school and start my own business in my field, and help a thousand people with widgets this year”. This may lead to you being rich, but that’s not the goal. See the difference?
So do it. List your one big goal. Now list 5 or 6 little goals that you’d need to do in order to reach that goal. Put it on your fridge. Or your bathroom mirror. Don’t be afraid to look at it every day. And then WORK toward them all, starting today. No excuses.
Would love to know some of your goals for 2012! Comment below if you’d like! 🙂
~To Your Health~
There are tons of books out there about the power of positive thinking. There’s a reason why it’s so popular in some groups. I thoroughly recommend reading (or listening to the audiobook) some of these. The one I’m reading right now is “Think and Grow Rich” By Napoleon Hill. It’s eye-opening. And for those of you who know me personally, you can probably tell that my positivity has increased. I’m truly happy every day. I BELIEVE my day will be good, and it is. I BELIEVE I can help someone, and I do. Imagine the possibilities!
Just think – what successful person do you know that has a negative aura? When was the last time you heard the CEO of Starbucks say, “I’m just not sure I can do this?”. Never! Successful people are organized, they have positive self-talk, they are energetic. And if you’re surrounded by negative people, people who bring you down, wallow in it, and they take up all of your energy, you may need to rethink your circle. I’m not saying go and de-friend anyone. Just make a mental note…and give them less of your energy. Start your positive self-talk today. It’s contagious too, so you may even help those sad, down people you know!
If you’d like more book recommendations, I’m happy to give them! Also, I REALLY encourage you to sign up for Chalene Johnson’s FREE 30 day challenge. It’s SO enlightening, and helped me to change my way of thinking about myself and my goals, and it got my organized and MOVING toward my goals actively. Do you have something more you want to achieve? Her program is here: http://www.30daypush.com/ – Try it, you won’t be sorry!
And finally, I have to say, part of being mentally positive and centered includes being physically energetic and happy. If you’re ready to start a fitness program, contact me! I can help you find the right program for you, your schedule, your goals, AND I can be your coach throughout it to help you with accountability, motivation, and someone to share your successes with. Email me here, or directly to my inbox @ firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat.
Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed!
~To your health~