Although working out is a physical activity, it’s more of a mental battle than anything. We see someone who inspires us to get in shape and we’re inspired. We watch drastic transformations on television and we’re pumped and ready to hit these workout streets with the discipline and focus of Daniel-son from the Karate Kid! The only thing about that is your excitement wears off eventually and your life will still have the same temptations. And the pizza place is only one call away. Commitment to your goals is what’s going to get you to your weight loss or wellness goals. Here are some tips that will help you along the way!
1. Drink More Water: It flushes out your system, although it’s not the tastiest thing on the menu. Jazz your water up with fruits and stevia for sweetness. The more water you drink, the more efficient your body will become at eliminating waste. And when your body is running optimally, you can think clearer and you’ll feel better in general.
2. Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s. I know it’s easier said than done with all the social media post that may make you feel like you’re not enough as you are. But the honest truth is you’re winning. You started winning the moment you felt that you were worth having a healthier body and mind.
3. Have a cut off time for eating. I go to bed around 7pm cut off allows my body to burn up some fat before I hit the hay. The worse thing you want to do is lay down after a heavy meal. If you get hungry, eat your favorite fruits or veggies. Eat some tangerines, apples, celery, carrots or pineapples. Anything is better than a double cheeseburger with fries.
4. Be Reasonable: If your family is out to eat and it’s after your cut off time, use your common sense on whether it’s fine to go ahead and eat. It’s okay to enjoy every now and then. I don’t think that being super strict on yourself is the way. I once met a lady who was in fantastic shape. I asked what her secret was and she said “I only eat sweets on Friday’s.” Everyone is different. Do what works for you.
5. Write Down Your Progress: Nothing shuts up the negative chatter in your head like cold hard facts. Examine how far you’ve come and take pride in your journey. No one always eats clean and exercises at every waking moment. It’s great to write out your negative feelings on paper to see how distorted they really are and then follow up with the truth about who you are. You are a motivated, disciplined and intelligent!
Anytime you try to change a habit, there will be opposition. Your body and mind don’t know what’s good for it, so whatever you feed it will grow. Staying positive and motivated during your fitness journey will not only help you lose a few pounds, but it will improve your life in general! I’m rooting for you!
Emerald Lavender is a mother of 2 adorable kids and wife to a fantastic husband! You can find out about how she juggles it all while still maintaining her happy at Pink Balloons For Lunch! Pink Balloons For Lunch encourages women to get the most out of life, one bite at a time!
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