Simple tips to help you stay motivated about getting healthy
Getting healthy and staying healthy is up to our own individual desires and needs. Motivation won't always be there; it comes and goes so it's up to us to work hard when we have it and to have the inner strength to push ourselves to do it when we don't have the motivation to get healthy. Sure a box of doughnuts may look tastier than a bag of celery, but you need to think about your health, not your taste buds.
Overcoming the challenges we face with weight loss and eating right all come down to our mental strength. Some of us will be doing just fine until we see a can of Mtn. Dew and we suddenly crave it and have to have it. This is a mental game, you don't need to soda, you just want the soda. Training your brain to think healthy thoughts is hard but it can be done. To help yourself through the hard times, write down a few of your goals. When you are starting to struggle, look back on these goals and decide if that powdered doughnut is really worth it.
Improving your health must be a priority. Don't put it off till the end of the day, try to incorporate it into every aspect of your day. Exercise when you get up in the morning, pick healthier snacks to take to work, don't go out to fast food restaurants for lunch, etc. Whatever you do, don't get discouraged and give up. This is the worst thing you can do. Improving your health is a long-term commitment. This isn't just something you can do when you feel like it; you need to do it daily just like brushing your teeth or showering. If you make a commitment to improve your health, it will be much easier to find the motivation to actually do it.
Perhaps it's easy for you to give up soda and other bad eating habits, but you struggle with the exercising. To help yourself find the time, start with some small goals. Try simple things like parking further away from the building or walking for 5 minutes a day. Once you have accomplished the little goals, you can establish some bigger ones like running a 5K in 6 months.
Keep an exercise journal and track your weight loss progress. This is a great way to help yourself actually see your progress. If possible, take some pictures and include them in the journal. Use the same clothing for each picture so you can see how it looks on your body once you start losing weight and toning up.
It's easy to get caught up in a bunch of different excuses as to why we just can't exercise or eat right, but the fact of the matter is, we can! We just need to make it a priority in our daily schedule. Use a schedule to help you set aside time for exercise and pre-plan all your meals for the lunch. This will help you out when you make the weekly or monthly grocery shopping trips and it will help you save money because you won't be purchasing unnecessary foods.
Try to keep a positive attitude about getting healthy. If you are constantly thinking about how hard it is to exercise and diet, you won't last too long in your new healthy lifestyle choices. When you start to think negative thoughts about getting healthy, replace them with a positive one. Remind yourself of the good you are doing your body by making this commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Staying positive really will help you become successful with your weight loss and exercise program and it will also help you become more productive too.