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Some people want rock hard six pack abs while others just want to feel healthy and comfortable in their own skin. Regardless of your goals this guide will lay the foundation to changing your body and mindset when it comes to eating well and exercising.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of health and fitness information out there- you’d think that getting results was rocket science! It seems like every other week a new diet or exercise fad is being promoted, with each one being more extreme than the next. The truth is that changing your body is as easy as one, two, three once you have the right information!
Before we begin...
Weight loss and body transformation isn’t always an easy process. Often times this isn’t because the steps to success are complicated. It’s based on the fact that who we are inside is often reflected in our habits surrounding food. In my experience as a binge eater I used food to calm myself down and relieve stress and anxiety. When I stopped binge eating I was confronted with a whole host of emotions I never encountered before because I no longer had food to silence my emotions. Yes, I was looking better than ever, but without diving deep and working on my development on the inside I still felt lost. Whether you have ten pounds or 100 to lose without that internal component you’ll never be satisfied no matter how great your body looks!
Start by staying positive. Do not berate yourself for getting to this point- you’re here so let’s use that energy in a productive way instead! Quit saying “never” “can’t” “should”. Remove them from your vocabulary. Start by congratulating yourself for taking your health seriously. Unfortunately many people don’t even get this far so you’re already ahead of the game! Change is challenging for a reason, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be rewarding and absolutely worth it.
From Goals to Reality
Success doesn’t occur by accident. You need to make reaching your goals a priority and in order to do that you need boundaries. Our minds work much better when we commit to ourselves on a daily basis. Follow these quick and simple guidelines and hold yourself accountable for reaching the next step on your fitness journey!
1. Set a deadline:
Write down the day and time when you’ll have reached your goal. Not “next month” or “this summer”. We’re talking day, month, year and TIME. This will make the goal concrete in your mind so you can’t back out.
Buy yourself a nice new journal and start writing. Reflect each night for 5 minutes about your day. List at least three things that you’re grateful for every day. Talk to yourself, give pep talks, write out your zany dreams...connect with YOU because that’s what health and fitness is all about. Once we become aware of our bodies and how they work it’s imperativeto keep the line of communication open.
Keep Your Vision
A vision board is a collage that includes words, pictures and anything that inspires you.
Creating a vision board is a great way to remind yourself of your goals in an easy, accessible way. Before you begin remember to include only positive goals- kick out that negativity! Write down a list of 10 things you are grateful for in your life right now, just as you are. Think about all the people that care about you, your warm and cozy house, favorite pets, people, anything! When you’re done read the list and smile- look how lucky you are already and we’ve just begun!
Now set a timer for 3 minutes and write down your life goals. Whether it’s a new job, better car, improved health or finding your ideal partner put down anything that you desire. When the 3 minutes is done do the same for your health and wellness goals. Remember- do not put yourself down, just write out what your ‘ideal’ life would include.
You can keep your goal lists or turn them into full on vision boards- I recommend the latter because it’s a positive, fun activity that will really get you going and increase your motivation. Don’t be afraid to get crafty- take out old magazines, glue sticks, markers and go wild! This is for you and investing time in your goals is an important step to holding yourself accountable on the journey you’re about to begin.
Now that you’ve taken the time to reflect and get your mind on the same page as your body put your goals in a place where you can see them. When you wake-up in the morning look at your board, read your lists, take it all in and pat yourself on the back. You’ve got some work to do but with persistence and positivity everything you see before you will soon be a reality. Continue this pattern before you go to sleep as well, staying focused and keeping those concrete goals in your mind will make it easier to stay on track.
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