Change doesn’t happen overnight and it takes a lot of dedication and hard work. If you’re ready to start living a healthier, happier life, then let’s do it — together!
I won’t lie to you, it’s not going to be easy. Committing to a healthier lifestyle is just that — a commitment, and it’s a big one that will take a lot of work but believe me when I tell you it’ll be worth it!
Here are some steps to change your diet, exercise and lifestyle for the better — for good!
Set Attainable Goals
What is your vision of the ultimate you? Take some time to imagine it, break it down, and then WRITE it down!
To make permanent change, you’ll need to set short-term and long-term goals, then create and write down your action plans to achieve them.
If you are establishing a new way of fuelling your body and setting your daily exercise regimen — setting specific, realistic goals will help you see the progress you’re making and keep you motivated.
Reward yourself in life-affirming ways — that means no food rewards! Treat yourself to a massage for killing it at the gym all week or splurge on a new workout outfit or pair of runners.
When you reaffirm your belief in yourself and your goals daily, and you’ll find yourself taking the active steps needed to achieve them.
Change Your Mind
The first step is not to sweat it — literally. It’s all in your head. Realise that you have the power to change your life by changing your mind-set. We all have the ability to choose our paths, reach our goals, and build exceptional lives. The challenge is in BELIEVING you can.
Look closely at how your emotions and behaviours are affecting your health. Are you feeding something besides your hunger, like your feelings? Examine your self-destructive behaviours and work on minimising the negative self-talk.
Set Up a Support System
You are responsible for your own success, but we all get by with a little help from our friends and family, right? That’s why it’s important to build a healthy support system.
Share your goals and how you’re planning to accomplish them. Give them the lowdown on what you are eating — and no longer eating — and your new workout schedule. Let them know how important it is to you to have their support.
Enlist your coworkers too. They can keep you on track on the job by cutting back on leaving the unhealthy treats around.
Chances are you’ll find someone else looking for support too. Hello, new exercise buddy! Lean on your network when you feel discouraged or unmotivated, and celebrate with them when you hit a milestone.
Find out the activities that will allow you to burn the most calories. We are huge fans of high intensity training because it simultaneously improves mobility, strength, and stamina.
If you’ve been sedentary, just take that first step. You may not be ready to run a half-marathon, but you can go for a walk or maybe even a short run.
Stick with it.
Set up a workout schedule and mark it on your calendar along with your most important appointments of the day — then DO it!
It may not be easy, but with the right mind-set, motivation, and support system, you CAN do this. Believe in yourself and your ability to change and you will.