Did you know if you put in the time, effort, stay focused and committed you could lose weight and look the way you want? It may not be easy when you start, nothing usually is when you are doing something new, but if you stay committed thing will get easier for you. Here are 10 tips to keep you on track with living a healthy lifestyle.
- Learn how to motivate and encourage yourself. Motivation and encouragement from others is always great, but what happens when they can’t do that or you can’t reach someone. You have to find a way to motivate and encourage yourself. Find motivational saying, bible verses, pictures or anything that will keep you focused and when you feel like you don’t want to exercise or eat healthy you remember the motivation words or pictures to keep you going.
- Stop saying you’re on a diet. When you make a commitment to start living healthy lifestyle, it is one that is permanent. The word diet, to me, means you start at a certain weight, lose weight to reach a goal, but people then have not plan after that. What usually happens is they go back to eating the way they did before the journey and now all the hard work, sweat and tears that was put into the “diet” has been wasted. People slowly start to gain weight back and usually end up weighing more weight than when they started. So, make this a lifestyle change not a temporary change.
- Find a workout that works for you. Not everyone likes to lift weights, if you don’t, do what you like. If you enjoy running, run, if you enjoy going to a class, then you should do that.
- Have a great support team. This is so important. There are going to be times on this journey where your thoughts are going to try to sabotage what you are doing. You don’t need others in your corner doing the same thing; this can cause you not to stay on the journey. Find people who are or who have been through what you are going through.
- Have fun. Yes, you can have fun on a healthy lifestyle journey.
- Take pictures of yourself. To see how I was doing on my weight loss journey and now as I am maintaining what I have, I take progress pictures and my measurements every 4 weeks. The best part about this is that at the end of the year, I have a years’ worth of progress pictures that I am able to look at and see how I have improved. You may not see the difference at first, but as you take them you will begin to see them. Share then with people you know. This is great because honest people will tell you the changes they see. Take a front, back and side picture. If you would like, I do this for you.
- Lead by example. People are going to be watching you, especially if you share with them that you are now going to start living a healthy lifestyle. The more you stay focused and they see what you are doing, they will begin to ask you questions and change what they are doing also.
- Get your family involved. Not everyone is going to want to eat what you eat, so start them out slow. If you are used to fixing canned veggies, start cooking frozen then move to fresh. Everyone loves some kind of fruit. Start putting more fruit in the house for your family to eat as a snack.
- Research. If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition, research foods you should eat. Buy some magazines for different exercises, read books on the medical condition you have. Go online and research the condition. On Facebook join positive, encouraging groups and ones they talk about healthy eating. There are a number of them out there. If you get in a group and don’t like what you see, leave the group and find another one.
- Get some sleep (7-8 hours). This is important. Sleep deprivation can cause weight gain on top of other issues. Stop running from place to place, trying to do and be that person for everyone. That isn’t your job. You need to take the time out to have some time to yourself. Take the time to relax, a time to relax your mind, body and spirit. A lot of running around, getting no sleep and eating unhealthy foods has its consequences. Your body can shut down on you, you can become ill, and this can lead to you having a heart attack (I know someone this has happened to) and other medical conditions. You are one person, stop trying to save the world, that isn’t your job. Let some things go. If you are running every day all day long, learn to tell people NO and take at least one day for yourself. Even God knew He needed to rest, which is why everything was created in 6 days, not 7. None of us are God, so why try to do something not even he did.
Zhivi Williams has over 30 years of experience in fitness. She is the founder of Leading by Example, LLC, author of Who Needs a Gym? Using Social Media for Weight Loss, speaker and a health, wellness and fitness accountability coach. She has remained on the cutting edge of the health, wellness and fitness industry by developing training programs and meal plans, writing magazine articles and books, developing strategic partnerships to help individuals increase their personal health and providing personal training to help people improve their lives. For more information on her health, wellness and fitness services please go to http://www.leadingbyexample.us.
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