We all know it’s important to eat healthy and exercise often. We read earnest articles in fitness magazines; we make promises to ourselves to eat less junk and more whole foods; we desperately want to make it to the gym at least once a week. And yet, sometimes we don’t.
Knowing is one thing and doing quite another. We’ve all been there. Lack of motivation can stem from the season, from being consumed by work and family, and from the habit of not making healthy choices. Healthy living is a routine, a ritual that must be performed. Once you begin, it is so much easier to continue on the path to a long and happy life.
But how to begin? We’ve got a few ideas to get you motivated! Don’t waste another moment waiting and wishing.
At the outset of your wellness journey, take a deep breath and make a promise to be patient with yourself. It’s easy to lose motivation and hard to gain it. You go without your favorite foods for a few days – chocolate, cheese, chips – and you’re feeling virtuous and a little deprived. Then you step on the scale and nothing has changed, or worse, you’ve gained a pound or two. And all you can think of is diving into a wheel of brie. Don’t do it!
Give yourself the time it takes to lose weight the right way. This is not the time for crash diets and false hopes. Only hard work takes off the weight. That means eating well over time: days and weeks and the rest of your life. If you don’t succeed right away, that’s okay. If you mess up, that’s okay. Now is the time to be gentle with yourself. Forgive mistakes and keep breathing with intention.
We like to keep motivational reminders all over the house. A cheeky, chiding remark on the packet of cookies in the cupboard, a favorite photograph of you at your ideal weight taped to the full-length mirror, an inspiring quotation in your gym bag. These are little things, and they may seem silly, but they work! High functioning individuals know that these notes and tricks are effective at changing behavior. Keep your goals in front of you. Don’t let a moment of weakness sneak up on you. Reaching for the cookies usually means you are bored or sad or stressed, experiencing a spiritual hunger rather than a physical one. Know yourself, and be prepared to stay resilient in the face of temptation.
Set yourself up for success with little rewards. Find the perfect pair of jeans, the little black dress, or the two-piece bathing suit that is going to make you feel amazing. This article of clothing need not be for your goal weight; if you have a long way to go, buy yourself something pretty and new the next size down. You are going to deserve it. Those first few pounds can be the toughest. Make long-term as well as short term dreams happen. Every time you choose an apple over a cup of ice cream, put a dollar in your diet bank. When it’s full, treat yourself to a day at the spa, a weekend exploring a new city, or class to learn a new skill. Change your lifestyle and reap the benefits of being healthy.
We know a thing or two about inspiration, getting started, and staying on track. We know that sticking with lifestyle changes isn’t always easy. The road is bumpy and filled with perils. There will be nights out, long Saturdays in, and days when you just don’t feel like going to the gym.
We want to work with you to devise a plan that suits who you are, with all your challenges and positive attributes. If you are ready to make a profound difference in your life, in how you look and feel, call for a consultation. Evolved Medical is all about today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter. It’s going to be a long journey; let’s make it a good one!