Find yourself losing interest in exercising and eating a healthy diet? Instead of making mega-changes with the all-or-nothing approach to weight loss and good health, why not tackle a few simple changes at a time? The health and weight loss habits that have the best chance of lasting are the ones that call for minor, doable changes. The secret to having the motivation you need to work out, eat well, and to follow a plant-based lifestyle is simply to go out and get it. Motivation doesn’t come to you of you wait long enough.
Consider the following six motivational tips to help you make small, positive steps each day.
Feel good about yourself
Be sure the people around you make you feel good – no matter what your size or health condition. In addition, if close friends encourage you to smoke, overeat or drink too much, find some new friends who have good health habits and also want a healthier you. Focus on being healthy from the inside out. Eat well, and exercise regularly.
Know what makes you overeat
The key to staying motivated is to know where your problem areas are and have a plan for dealing with them. Do you use food to cope with disappointment, rejection, boredom or even personal success? Brainstorm some healthier ways to cope with mood swings that don’t involve food. In addition, control your environment to avoid bingeing on high-calorie foods when you do feel disappointed, rejected or bored. Keep your kitchen stocked with lots of healthy options.
Make simple daily change
Who said health-related lifestyle changes had to be all or nothing? Start small and make a few simple weight loss and exercise changes each day. These small changes can add up over time to give you a big health boost.
If you slip up on vacation and overeat, drink too much, or fail to exercise – forgive yourself. Don’t beat yourself up. Allowing yourself time to enjoy a few indulgences occasionally is okay. If you start to feel guilty for having dessert on a special night out, forgive yourself and restart your more disciplined programme the next day.
If you love what exercise does to your body and attitude, then it’s time to reward yourself for all your hard work. One way to keep yourself in the zone is by setting up healthy rewards to celebrate hitting specific fitness goals. Reward yourself by purchasing that flattering women’s underwear set or foot spa you’ve always wanted.
Celebrate the journey
In the midst of your exercise and weight loss goals, don’t forget to enjoy each day’s journey. Most people agree that their lives and dreams for the future are so intertwined with reaching a specific goal or destination that any derived pleasure is disregarded. Problems arise when the goal becomes the sole purpose of living and overshadows our daily lives.
While having healthy weight loss or exercise goals are important, make sure to take time to celebrate each day’s journey. Live for the moment and savour some of life’s simple pleasures – every day.